Danny Woodstock has made a name for himself with his incredible gritty street photography that captures the characters and creatures of London, Tokyo, and more. Not only is he a photographer of powerful portraiture, but he's also the creator of Woodstock Models, an agency that promotes unique and diverse bodies. In this interview he talks about his beginnings within photography, and why tattoos are so eye arresting.
How did you get into street photography and why was that the medium you were most interested in working with?
Well, I had been a wedding photographer for many years and needed something completely different. I live in Central London and the versatility and endless opportunities were too good to resist. I love how there are no limitations when it comes to street photography; every corner presents a completely different canvas.
How has your style evolved over the years? Who are the photographers, artists, films, etc. that you look to for inspiration?
My style has changed massively over the years and probably will continue to do so in the future. I think it’s really important to keep evolving. My absolute hero of photography is Steve McCurry, the vibrancy and emotions in his pictures are insane, also in regards to any Tarantino film the composition and colour of his films draw me in.
Why do you think people are enamored with tattoo art? Specifically, especially with the popularity of social media, tattooed models have become increasingly popular. Why do you think this is? What is the attraction? Deep human need to change everything around us, including our own skin, or just a love of beauty?
Simply because it’s art, like a masterpiece from Picasso people are intrigued by the stories behind their chosen work and indeed the person behind them. It’s a changing world and it’s great to see heavily tattooed people making waves.
In your opinion what makes a great photographer and what advice do you have for photographers trying to get a foothold in such an over-saturated, fast paced industry?
To be honest, I think it’s 90% just in you, the eye for creativity, looking at people, subjects in a completely different way...that side of things cannot be taught. The advice I would give is to make time to shoot everyday and develop your craft, keep hustling. The beauty of Social Media is that it allows you to engage with potential subjects and of course enables your work to be seen and critiqued immediately.
Not only are you a photographer yourself, but you also founded a modeling company for alternative faces and bodies. What is the mission behind the agency, and why is diversity an important factor within media?
I decided to start the modeling agency purely because I worked with so many amazing people over the past couple of years and really wanted to create a platform to try and book these guys more work which I think they deserve. I’m trying to create a kind of community, movement together. It has been received well and I continuously get emails and messages everyday from all over the world.
Beyond tattoos, photography, and supporting other creatives, what are your passions? What do you do on vacation or your days off? What do you wish you had more time for?
When I have free time I love to spend it with family and friends and love to travel. I really can’t complain about anything to be honest. When I’m on holiday I don’t actually take a camera; I think it’s important to make time away from photography to just relax.
Any projects, events, or collabs coming up in 2019 that you’d like to share?
2019 has already started crazy with shoots in Tokyo, Texas, LA & Vegas. I have also started work on a collection for my first exhibition. This is going to be something different than people expect from me but of course the emphasis being on tattoos.