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Rising Stars: Meet Alex Free

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Free.

Hi Alex, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I started photography as an intuitive practice and a way to form deeper connections with myself and others. I had just dropped out of grad school and was going through a pretty severe bout of body dysphoria related to my queerness. I’d moved to LA months before I started shooting and was learning how much freedom I really had to be who I wanted.

I’ve really found a community by being myself and pursuing what I want for myself. Can’t stress enough the importance of going after what you want and being unafraid about it while recognizing that it takes time to know who you are, and it’s not always going to be comfortable or easy. I shoot primarily artists in music and fashion. My style is always evolving but I feel like I’m moving into a new phase with my creative direction that I’m really excited about.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Lol no! A lot of my friends think of me as a social butterfly, but I don’t see myself that way, or if I am I’m a chaotic one. I love people, I live for my friends and making new relationships, but I also experience a lot of social anxiety. Sometimes it feels like the two sides of me are having a shouting match in my brain. Photography has definitely been huge in mitigating that; like having the camera makes it more about the other person so I can listen to them and worry less about myself, and it gives us something in common to do together. I’m always interested in what people see and don’t see. Sometimes I’ll be at a function (more pre-quar) and my brain just flips and I’m like, ‘I’m going to have a panic attack,’ but I try to stay and keep it together. I feel like more often than not people can’t tell. I’d actually like to shoot a series about that duality of perception someday.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I think of myself as a photographer because I shoot a lot of photos. That’s what I put a lot of my time and investments into. I also write for some culture mags and love the editorial world as a whole. Work I’m most proud of… I just did a two-part shoot with Nica Tan (@pastelvogue) wearing Rui Zhou and YokoSnoopy that I thought was total fire and got to shoot Jawny (@jawnyutah) on set with Spencer Ford (@smoneyz) this winter which I felt really good about. I don’t really think about what may or may not set me apart from others, always just trying to do what’s honest to me and the people I photograph or write about. I hear a lot from people I work with that I make them feel very comfortable, so hopefully that honestly and relaxed quality is what comes through in the finished product.

What matters most to you? Why?
Good relationships. I think that’s the point of being alive.

Contact Info:

  • Email: alexfreehii@gmail.com
  • Website: alexfreehii.com
  • Instagram: @alexfree_hii

Image Credits
1) Jawny for Trigger of Love Music Video 2) Liam Neupert wearing Story MFG and pants by the artist 3) Lila 4) Nica Tan wearing Rui Zhou 5) Audrey Akim wearing top ASAI, nails Sojin Oh, boots Raf Simmons at Dior 6) me shot by Haley Lawrence, creative direction me 7) Death Cloak Primary image is Nica Tan wearing YokoSnoopy

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