Behind the Lens: Q&A With Donovan Gerald

DC-based photographer Donovan Gerald has been on our radar for a while. First off, he shoots film and which is so special in our digital world. His work is refreshing and we find ourselves lustfully scrolling through his feed. Donovan, aka Donnie, visited 1923 9th Street to shoot our model units and we love what he created. We wanted to learn more about the man behind the lens and he kindly agreed to answer a few our of questions.

Tell us about yourself

I am a photographer specializing in film photography. I am a native Washingtonian. And I love running and reading.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently doing a range of client work in advertising, beauty, and fashion, and I am collaborating with a few different stylists and artists on independent projects.

Who or what inspires you?

Psychoanalysts and thinkers. Freud, Hegel, and Zizek.

When did you first get into photography? Tell us about the evolution of your photography. 

I got my first camera in high school. I started shooting film with that camera and never stopped.

Why do you love shooting architecture and interiors? What aspect of shooting space do you enjoy the most?

Architecture is ideologically driven and specific to a society and time. What I love about capturing spaces is exploring those moments.

Any tips for young or new photographers?

Creating well-crafted images is not about what you see. What truly informs your images are your philosophies and sensibilities.

What did you first notice about 1923 9th Street? What’s special?

The impact of the natural light on the space throughout the day.

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