Spencer Charles is a photographer, writer, and musician born and raised in Newark, NJ but based in Atlanta, GA. Charles started playing jazz and classical piano at the age of 11. While studying journalism at Morehouse College, he began writing for various blogs and magazines based in Atlanta which focused on music, style, and hip hop culture. Charles also co-founded a project, Beau Atlanta, which featured beautiful innovative women around Atlanta. While working as a music and style editor at an online street wear magazine, as well as working on Beau, Charles transitioned into photography. He focused primarily on nude art and street fashion. Spencer Charles’ work inspiration comes primarily from music and hip hop culture.
– I needed a new creative outlet. I had quit my job at the magazine company I was working for. I stopped making music. I needed something to do and photography just sort of fell in my lap and opened doors for me.
2. When did you realize you wanted to become a photographer?<
– Like 5 months ago (haha). I don’t want to be just a photographer. I’m a journalist. I’m a musician. I want to be a creator. I’m going to explore different creative avenues.
3. What does your craft mean to you?
– It feels amazing to be able to capture raw beauty and captivating moments.
4. Who is one of your inspirations?
– Miya Bailey. He’s a major influence on me. Whether he’s doing tattoos or painting, his approach to his work is beautiful. His influence on the black art world is legendary.
5. What keeps you motivated?
– Music really motivates me. Interacting with people who enjoy my work keeps me motivated too.
6. How would you define your personal style?
– Miles Davis’ King of Blue album. Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On album. That’s the only way I can describe my style. My work is largely inspired by vintage black culture.
7. What is your favorite thing about your job?
– The shooting. It’s always fun.
8. Any pregame rituals?
9. What is the most important thing to you about your brand?
-Making women feel beautiful, confident, and comfortable in their own skin.
10. What is a random fact about yourself?
– I name all of my pictures after jazz song titles or hip hop song lyrics.
11. What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a photographer?
– You’re going to struggle for awhile. Struggle financially, struggle to find your style, struggle to get people to understand you. You’re going to become really frustrated. Use that frustration to create some beautiful art. Some of your best work will come out of that struggle period.
12. Where do you want to be in 5 years?
– I want to own my own company doing creative direction and consulting.