A: Ah this question always makes me think! I think when I was little I was drawn to the fact that I could see pictures in books, television, and whenever my mom got the disposable camera developed. The idea of preserving memories was so important to me because growing up with ADHD I had a tendency to forget things and photographs were a reminder of things that I probably would have forgotten about had I not captured the moment in film or on my digital camera.
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: Besides photography? I like to read, currently I'm reading a book called "Bowie on Bowie" by Sean Edwards, David Bowie was a huge influence growing up so it's a great read! He's a fantastic character! Also, I like to draw (though I'm not very good at it), binge watch Netflix and drink lots of bubble tea.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to take pictures of?
A: I like to photograph a lot of self-portraiture, not because I'm a narcissist or anything but because I think the hardest critic is yourself and photographing yourself and liking it is such a challenge and I find a great thrill in that challenge. Another thing I enjoy photographing is fashion editorials because fashion is such a huge part of my life and one of the focuses of my career because my ultimate goal is to be the next Richard Avedon (I know cocky right?). I'm not a huge fan of natural landscapes but more recently I have been doing a lot of architectural photography, there's something beautiful about all the buildings in New York City with their unique cracks and patterns, it fascinates me.
Q: What kind of shots peek your interest more nature, people, or art?
A: Most of the time I tend to stick to models and people, because the human connection is what makes photography to me so special. The interaction of the viewer and the camera, and the subject and the camera, that conversation that goes on when viewing photographs is magical to me.
Q: What draws you to being a photographer?
A: Ever since I was about the age of 10 I realized I saw the world differently than others, I wanted to preserve moments and have physical evidence of memories I had collected throughout my life. As I grew up I realized I sucked at math, wasn't good at chemistry, hated writing for long periods of time, history is interesting but not a wise career choice. Art and photography to me was the only way that made sense to my brain, the only thing that I had passion for and along the way I discovered more clearly that fashion and photography are my muses. I have ADHD and the environment of being a photographer and working in fashion really help and utilize my unique qualities that I was given. I love the chaos, the beauty, the insanity, and the uncertainty of photography, and I love that I can control that chaos with a click of a shutter.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Right now I'm planning on moving to Manhattan and continuing to work for the fashion house I work for, I have an amazing job and I wouldn't trade it for the world, it's helped me grow so much as a person and as an artist.
Q: Do you have anything planned or in planning right now?
A: Recently I just shot my first maternity shoot, it was an interesting experience. Next I'm doing a shoot for an actor who needs his head shot done; I never usually turn down anyone who asks me to help them out.
A: Favorite pastime? Probably eating Ben and Jerry's and binge watching Bobs Burgers on TV.
Q: What is your favorite event to go to?
A: My favorite event to go to to photograph is a fashion show. My favorite types of events to go to in general are concerts, and I'm attending the Blaqk Audio concert in May.
See more of Alex at http://alexandra-sweeney.com and on her social media
Interview by Tim Joseph-Chris Avery Bennet