Theo Westby

Theo Westby
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Theo. Tell us ABOUT yourself. 
I'm basically a wandering minstrel, adrift in this sea of Reality known as life. Spent countless years dreaming of living as a Writer only to see that ship go down. For the past decade, or so, I've lived behind the lens creating images, mostly of fabulous females. And yet... I'm no substantial photographer. I create images, tell stories, but never pretend to aspire to make my name among the greats. I simply adore creating. I'm an idealist, a dreamer. It keeps Reality at bay.

Our readers would love to get to know you more Theo. Tell us about yourself, what is unique about you?

Unique about me? Perhaps my idealistic, and somewhat childlike, visions of what makes stories, visual or otherwise, interesting. I'm also complete crap with real interaction with people. I tend to float around them, entertain them, keep my distance. And yet somehow through all that many of them tell me how comfortable they are around me. Go figure.

Theo, what are your passion and aspiration in life? How did you start as a Photographer?

My desire has simply always been to create. It's come at quite a price as I've more and more narrowed my creative focus for just myself. I believe it started early, at the piano, my first instrument of creative energy. I never learned to play but instead wrote songs I'd memorize. From there I fell in love with the written word, the idea of story. I've been making them up ever since.

Who is your inspiration in life Theo? How do you keep inspired?

My inspiration comes from any and all who create, who contribute to the aesthetic of Art and Vision and Beauty. I've always gone back to music and film for inspiration. This may, or not, sound surprising but I've rarely looked to photographs for inspiration. Well, I've occasionally found inspiring images from the turn of the century, but mostly musicians and film makers keep my mojo alive.

We all make mistakes Theo, we wish we could take back. Please tell us about a time being a Photographer , you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague.
I foolishly created a photo calendar several years ago. It was an idea of a friend of mine. He funded the project. From there I made every possible mistake and the calendar was a world-class failure. He lost his shirt, I lost my dignity, and I would eventually end up giving the lot of them away. Somehow, and I'm not sure how, we've remained friends all these years later. Although I'm still proud of the calendar itself I'd take it all back and start fresh. Just gimme the keys to the Time Machine.

Theo ,when you’re working with a large number of clients, it’s tricky to deliver excellent service to them all. As a Photographer, how do you go about prioritizing your clients’ needs?

Somehow I doubt actually admitting how I go about this would be a good idea here. Let's just say it comes down to personality. I'm like Bugs Bunny. If you come at me nicely and groove with my mojo you can bet we're going to get along. But, just like Bugs, if you stomp on my carrots you can forget about first-class service. 
E-Gad, but I hope that wasn't way too much personal information about how I deal with clients.

Please tell us Theo, about a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities as a Photographer?

This will probably be a crap answer but here goes. 

I was juggling three jobs, working them all each day, and to get them all done I'd literally sneak out of one, rush to do one of the others, sneak back, then rush out once it was done, go to the second, sneak out of that one to do the third, then sneak back to finish the second one before heading home... only to do it all the next day. Thankfully it only lasted a month but Woof! that was some month. 

Theo, please give us an example of a time when you were able to successfully persuade someone to see things your way at work.
I'm not sure I've been that persuasive in my work life. I should also mention I've spent most of the past ten years AVOIDING anything related to "Work". Really. I'm just not that guy. One thing I have learned is that when I have an idea I feel will work I'll state my case and stand behind it. From there it's up to the other person to realize I'm right. Hopefully that's happened a time or two.

Theo please tell us about your proudest professional accomplishment as a Photographer. There might be many, but there is always this proudest moment that you just want to share to everyone. What is it and why?
You just won't like this answer, but I can't think of one. Probably because my memory has never been my strong point. Also because I don't log them in my mind. I've never been one to have lists, lists of the 10 best or worst of anything. So yeah, this is a crap answer.

Theo, please give us an example of a time you were able to be creative with your work. What was exciting or difficult about it?
Well, since most of what I do isn't work, I'm nearly always creative with what I do. I "work" for myself and since I'm my own best boss I let myself do and create what I want. The cost of that is that I'm no big fish but the reward is that I live my own life. And yeah, it's exciting and difficult each and every day.

What advice would you give to the people who wants to be successful as a Photographer?

I don't give advice, mostly because I'm not considered "successful". My only success is that I live my own lifestyle, but forced to offer something I'd say, create your own style. Have your own voice. Make your own impression. Well, and be smart about it. I do wish I were smarter.

Are you looking for collaboration with fashion talents, brands and creatives? If yes, please state below what type of collaboration you are looking for?
I love collaborating with other creatives, but mostly looking for those who create for the sake of doing so. Those people seem few and far between. Reality keeps getting in the way.

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