“We’re All Going to Die”, Stefan told me; it was the name of a project he was working on. On paper, those words can be taken any number of ways, and that’s all part of one’s creative interpretation. Once you’ve seen Stefan or even a truthful portrait of him, you’ll know that this human beams genuine positivity in a realist manner right out his of sun-seeking eyeballs. He’ll tell you a little about the WAGTD project and how he hopes to instil a desire to get the very best out of what we’ve got.
Stefan is as adept at wielding a camera as he is his pearly whites, so naturally, his Twelve Frames are quite brilliant. Have a glimpse into a day of living before dying with the 100% purebred legend below.
In your own words, what do you do?
I try to live the most creative life I can ‘cuz someday I’m gonna die. Every time I shower my brain churns out 400 new ideas. Too many ideas and not enough time is my challenge. The older I get the better I am at deciding which ones to pursue. I used to only direct films but realised there are so many other creative forms that excite me so I’m constantly trying to combine them all into new projects. Through everything, I make my goal to inspire positive social change. I know that sounds maybe too general or too ambitious but my Mum says “try to leave the world better than you found it” and I try to always create with that in mind.
What are you working on right now?
Besides commercial directing to pay the bills, I started a project last year called “We’re All Going To Die”. The project uses film, photography, art, performance, poetry and immersive experience to empower people to fear less and live more. Everyone is held back by fear in some way – the fear of failure, rejection, judgement, the unknown – and I‘ve found the sooner you talk about it and show a little vulnerability, the sooner you realise you’re not alone. We’re human. Imperfect beings full of flaws and an ego that won’t let us show our true selves. I want to use art to combat that because life is short and after all – we’re all going to die. www.wereallgoingto.com
When did you shoot the roll?
Where did you shoot the roll?
Take a frame at first light
Tree of the day
Take a self-portrait outside
Shoot a space you feel creative in
Shoot the weather
Photograph someone you love – Vanessa.
Shoot a stranger
Shoot your backyard
Shoot yourself before bed
Shoot the contents of your bag
Shoot something that makes you happy
Take a frame at last light
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