Jamaican-born commercial photographer Wade Hudson is based in Toronto, where he specializes in portrait and beauty photography. Thanks to his deep knowledge of photography, he’s able to capture honest and accurate representations of his subjects. As he puts it, he’s able to visualize his images while having relaxed conversations with his models rather than fiddling around with equipment.
Hudson’s work strikes a balance between modern, beautiful and timeless. He recently turned his lens on Thailand, capturing a breathtaking series of images in the process. We caught up with him to further understand the methods behind his magic.
What inspired this particular project?
I’m Jamaican — typically when I want to go to a beach I just head home. But I’ve never been to Asia, and Thailand seemed to be the perfect spot to explore some mountains while spending time at beautiful beaches. I was also drawn to Thailand from what I’ve heard about the culture of the people and the amazing street food.
Are you purely a photographer or do you have other creative pursuits?
All of my creative pursuits involve images. I’m really into short films right now.
Why did you choose photography over other creative mediums?
I chose photography as it was the closest thing to drawing and painting, which I suck at. The camera is a great tool to break down barriers, and I believe photography has allowed me to be less socially awkward. The more I shoot, the more I realize the importance of documentation which has also ignited an interest in motion.
What camera did you shoot on?
I shot this project with the Canon M5 and an 18-55mm lens.
How does your gear help you be a better photographer?
Typically I only shoot with primes. Because of my familiarity with set focal lengths, I’m able to visualize my frame before taking an image. Especially on location, time isn’t always a luxury. Reliable gear also allows me to connect with my subjects better. Instead of fiddling around with the camera, I’m able to have relaxed a conversation with my subject and only pull my camera out when the portrait is ready to be shot.
If you could shoot any subject who would it be and why?
Donald Glover. I kinda wish he was my cousin. Multitalented dope Artist.
If you could go anywhere to shoot where would it be and why?
The moon. Seriously though, I’d love to go to Africa and get in a helicopter.
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