Colin Williams is an New York based, award- winning photographer and creative director with a distinct passion for his Caribbean culture. He leads a team at Colin Williams Photography where they aim to expose life through the camera lens and engage people at their electric boutique-style “SoulBoys” events.
I first met Colin at now-closed-but-beloved Corner Bar (shout out to Jillionaire) in Trinidad in 2009. Oozing with charisma (and not bad lookin’), Colin is a people magnet. (Though I was kinda oblivious to him that night which is why I think he remembered me when we met again several weeks later at Fashion Week Trinidad & Tobago.) We’ve worked on a few professional projects together and I have the upmost respect for his professionalism and creativity. His history of being “discovered” as a model and then transitioning behind the camera intrigues me. So does his ability to easily morph between West Indian limer and urban city dweller while still staying true to both identities — with camera in hand.
1: What is one tip you would give to your teenage self?
CW: Don’t forget who you wanted to be as a child, stop being realistic, and go for it. Work for it.
2. What is your best recovery from fail to win?
CW: Prepare for the truth within or prepare for your second round and win.
3. What to you favorite way to generate creativity and ideas?
CW: Sometimes I look at my old work or I go to museums and libraries and look at old painting.
4. What is the biggest difference between being behind or in front of the camera?
CW: The big difference being behind the camera is that I have the final say. When you are in front of the camera you don’t have to take creative direction from the photographer. I learned this from 10 years as a professional model.
5. What was it that made you realize that you wanted to be a photographer?
CW: Photography was once a hobby of mine and over time I came to realize my work was much more creative then some of the work that I saw from photographers who were professional.
6. What is one professional tool you cannot live without?
CW: The 28 – 70 millimeter lens on the body of The Nikon D810.
7. What do you consider to be your signature “thing”?
CW: Balancing daylight with flash.
8. What do you harp on the most as a parent?
CW: To grow with my kids and not have my kids grow with me. To know myself as a person and to always be honest with myself if no one else.
9. As a Trinidadian living in New York, what is your favorite thing about both places?
CW: I like the idea now that I can travel for hours to get to either homes.
10. What is one of your favorite projects on which you’ve worked?
CW: Single handedly and boldly preserving the legacy of the father of the nation Dr. Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Learn more about Colin at www.colinwilliamsphotography.com
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