Design Hunter™ Q+A with John Tsiavis
Working with a variety of styles, subjects and clients, photographer John Tsiavis has earned a reputation for clarity and sophistication.
Your name: John Tsiavis
What you do: Commercial photographer - John Tsiavis Photography
Your latest project: I recently returned home from shooting a reportage story of Philip Treacy’s London Fashion week show. It was such an amazing job, I ended up shooting Michael Jackson’s most iconic outfits back at Philip’s studio.
We’re now in preproduction for a heap of diverse & fun jobs. I’m shooting the key artwork for a feature film and a couple television shows and putting all the components together for big advertising job that includes a cast of thousands.
It’s an exciting time.
Who are three people that inspire/excite you:
1) Leigh Bowery
3) Grace Jones
What is your favourite…
Car/bike/plane/boat model: I have my eye on the new Range Rover Evoke. It’s a well designed car I can fit all my equipment and it looks badass!
Chair model: I much prefer a comfy couch
Residential space: I love my home.
Commercial space: I was at lighting designer Christopher Boots’ new studio/showroom to discuss an upcoming job. It’s in a huge, old warehouse in Fitzroy. Has amazing natural light and is filled with great people creating beautiful things surrounded by his lights hanging all over the place. I wanted to move in myself.
Decorative product: my collection of photography and art books, though it distresses me to call them decorative
Functional product: Wacom pen tablet, makes my life so much easier
Handmade good: anything I mange to grow in my vegie patch
Mass-produced good: screw cap on wine bottles
meal: nothing beats watermelon on a hot day
restaurant: HIX in London. We ate there the other week and had an unexpectedly fantastic meal. Who would have thought a roast chicken could taste that good?! mmm and fries cooked in duck fat.
drink: Raki and water
bar: The Roof Top bar in Melbourne
item in your studio: my speakers, I’d go mad without my music
piece of technology: iPhone that I attach to my speakers
historical figure: Leigh Bowery
fictional character: George Costanza
What does the term ‘Design Hunter’™ mean to you? It’s what I hope my stylists do when we’re putting a job together. Search out every option and then rethink our approach to create something unexpectedly beautiful and unique. I’m considering printing it on a t-shirt for them!