Justin Erougian – Airwolf Paradise

How did you start?

I started with a little point and shoot in my young teens taking photos at house parties / 16ths etc – When I started to go out I thought… fuck it, I spent all my money on a SLR and just starting shooting at this club “WOW” for some drink cards – That led to shooting more clubs & parties – that led to more press shots and the rest is history.

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Please give an example of your photography process?

It used to be get absolutely shit faced drunk and somehow the photos would come out super fun and candid – Although going through 2000+ photos would be quite annoying haha – Now it’s a bit more of a thought out process, but in a way it’s just become second nature.. I don’t really know how to explain it, it’s quite normal to me now.

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What are you working on right now?

Currently working on a coffee table book showcasing a particular theme of photos from over the 9 years of shooting club photography – Also just about to launch a new leg of the Airwolf Paradise empire called “Paradise Creative” that focuses on video and photo of company events and media activations.

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What is your gear setup?

My main club set up is Canon 6D + 430exiii + 16-35mm 2.8 – Full gear: Sigma 50mm, Sigma 70-200mm, Canon 24-70mm, Canon 28mm, couple triggers, umbrellas and all the other little bits and bobs.

What do you like to do outside of photography and does it affect photography?

I’m currently a touring DJ & Music producer under the alias “Airwolf”. The music side of things works great with the photography. I have a very quick personality I guess I would say and when I feel i’ve had enough of one, then I spend time on the other. I’ve been getting sooo much into video lately – So I’m really enjoying the challenge learning a whole new skill set.

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How would you describe your photography style?

I would like to think its quite straight up simple. I don’t think there’s much too it BUT just catching that right moment that explains a whole lot.

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Do you know any photography theory? 

ZERO – I tried in high school but again, sitting there listening to my teacher rambling on.. I just wanted to get out there and shoot – So professor youtube was my main teacher haha.

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Did you study photography?

Nope, I did think I needed it at the beginning but I dunno, I feel like that would just pigeon hole me to learn things a certain way, where I feel like experience is the best teacher.

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What are your plans for the future?

I have no idea really.. Just taking things as they come – My current focus as mentioned before is concentrating on building my client base with my new company “Paradise Creative” and learning more about creating videos 🙂

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What are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve had Joey badass’ new album on repeat for the past week. Really digging that.

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Who are your top 5 influencers and icons?

I can’t think of anybody at the top of my head – usually people that want to push boundaries and do everything and everything good. I guess Tyler The Creator & Kanye come to mind in that respect.

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When are you shooting next?

Tonight! 🙂 For the Architects at Prince Bandroom.

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www.airwolfparadise.com

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