Photo by Maro Hagopian
NB: Our first post this year comes from creative powerhouse Morgan T. Stuart - having followed Morgan's work for some time I was delighted to be granted access
Morgan has had a lush range of work published and continues to explore areas of importance through art - have a read below to hear about shoots with Rose McGowan, LCD Soundsystem and work with Refinery 29 plus an insight to the creative scene in New York City heading into 2018. Like and share if you enjoy, Cheers - L
Where are you from and when did you start working in the creative industries?
I'm from Potomac, MD, a suburban town just outside of Washington, D.C.
I've always been a creative. As a kid, I was always crafting my own imaginative stories, movies, works of art, etc. I picked up creative odd jobs and gallery internships in D.C., but I guess you could say I began working as a creative professional once I moved to New York at the age of 20.
What projects are you currently working on?
As the creative director for Posture Magazine, I'm constantly working with the Posture team on conceptualizing new features and preparing for the release of Posture Mags issue 04, which came out November 3rd. I am also currently working with Refinery 29 as video director and photographer on a new and exciting project called 'Gender Nation' that launched November 1st. I've also just begun a new creative partnership with comedian writer and vlogger, Sam Jones, to create an ongoing YouTube series that will launch this month.
What is the creative scene like where you are?
It's diverse. It's radical. It's inspiring. It's unapologetic. It's New York Fucking City.
What would you say have been your career highlights so far?
Generally, having the privilege of working with creatives of all walks of life. All creatives have a boldness that can be translated in different ways. It opens the doors to further conversations that are tough and may make some uncomfortable. But at the end of the day it helps take steps towards an inspired sense of unification. Because creatives can't be continuously inspired if they're not willing to be receptive to things that are different. That goes without saying - if you're not receptive, you're not creative.
Specifically, the Gender Nation project in collaboration with Refinery 29 has been especially moving. For this project, I have had the exciting opportunity to sit down with ten different people to discuss how they identify with the hope that the audience will learn that gender is not so black-and-white and also that no matter how different some of us are, we do have one very special thing in common - we're all human.
I also just had the opportunity to photograph actress and activist Rose McGowan for the cover of Posture magazine. She is incredibly supportive of women in creative industries and of Posture magazine in particular, so the Posture mag team feels very lucky to work with such a strong female figure.
One last highlight I will mention is the opportunity I had to creative direct a shoot with LCD Soundstystem's Rayna Russom. Rayna showed incredible strength in coming out as transgendered recently, so it was a great privilege to have been a part of her debut editorial that you can find in Posture's upcoming issue.
We are all about collaboration - do you think this is an important part of creating and if so then how has it changed the way you work?
Collaboration isn't just important, it's crucial. Every creative project I work on is a collaboration. Sure, some projects may start with a creative idea from a single person but I don't know that it's possible to see a creative project through without some sort of collaboration. Every project requires a muse, a critic, a helping hand, etcetera, in order to be made.
Who was/is your main influence?
My wife, Mischa G, is very influential to me. She's incredibly charismatic and visually striking in a unique and vibrant way. She's also very creative and competitive, so it's nice to have someone to work with as well as to contend with on a creative basis.
3 creators we should be checking out?
Mischa G @MischaG
Posture Magazine @posturemag
Sam Jones @therealsamjones
Rose McGowan for Posture Magazine Issue 04
Photo by Morgan T. Stuart
Sr. Photo Director Asher Torres, Photo Director Ryan Bevans, Styled by Adeel Khan, Makeup by Michael B. Shepherd, Hair by Brandon Liberati, Editor-In-Chief Winter Mendelson.
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Photo and artwork by Morgan T. Stuart