Photographer Mauricio Calero’s WMCFW Throwback
From street style to runway to backstage, photographer Mauricio Calero has captured World MasterCard Fashion Week from just about every angle. Whether it’s a candid black and white, a triple exposure of a fashion show or a street style shot of the beloved Beckerman twins on their way to the tents, Mauricio’s photos captivate, entertain and illustrate Toronto’s fashion week in a very special way.
For this #stmINTERVIEWED the talented Mauricio Calero shares with us some of his favourite photos from recent World MasterCard Fashion Weeks. Read on to learn how he fell into photography, which designer he thinks has the most outrageous collections and the one shot he missed and still thinks about to this day.
A quick fun portrait of fashion photog Renata Kaevah at a fashion party, I love the saturated colours. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of Renata Kaevah.
Q – STM – How old were you when you first picked up a camera? How did your journey as a photographer begin?
A – Mauricio – Beyond just taking family pictures and the occasional travel photos I didn’t pick up a camera with the intent on making a photo until my third year in university. It was actually a silly inconsequential moment really, my parents had this Fuji Finepix camera laying around and I was supposed to be writing some essay on some political topic and naturally, instead of actually writing the paper I picked up the camera and started playing with it. I took this really bad picture of my computer with my hand in front of it and I remember it not coming out the way I was seeing it in front of me, so I took about twelve more photos of the same thing until one came out that I was happy with. From there I wondered what things outside would look like captured so I started taking the camera out on walks with me to see what I could photograph and it was like a new world opened up to me where I could photograph everything and everything was that much more interesting, because I had this camera in my hands- I was hooked and literally became obsessed.
The Beckerman twins bring a breath of fresh air to street style. They are genuine with their smile and I love their energy. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of Callie and Sam Beckerman, March 2014.
This is a direct Fuck you, which was followed by a smile after the shot, but without reference its just a great shot filled with attitude. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of Carey Tauben, March 2013.
Q – STM – What do you enjoy most about shooting WMCFW?
A – Mauricio – The awesome people I run into every season, and the inspiring outfits.
So much shade being thrown here, I love the attitude in this photo. It’s like a don’t F with me kinda look. – Mauricio Calero. Shot backstage, March 2013.
Months of preparation comes down to 10 minutes and I love this staggered shot of what the final preparations come down to with a poster of all the digitals backstage. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of Pink Tartan backstage, March 2013.
Q – STM – What do you prefer shooting at WMCFW? The events, the shows or the street style?
A – Mauricio – Because we live in Canada and the shows are not set in the summer time, I enjoy shooting the shows indoors, in the warmth, usually because the temperature outside for street style is less than ideal.
Another take on street style, this one focuses on the subject a little closer. Love the shades. – Mauricio Calero. Street style, October 2014.
With so much going on backstage it is nice to get the models to settle for a tranquil looking photo. Shot of models backstage at Mercedes Benz Start Up at WMCFW, October 2014.
Q – STM – What is the biggest mistake one can make when taking a picture?
A – Mauricio – Not thinking your shot through. I think now with digital a lot of photography relies on editing the shot as you go and re taking as many photos as you need to until you get the shot you want. In the beginning that form of shooting will aide you in acquiring the technical skills in shooting but your style, what defines you as a shooter, is all in the way you think about your shot before you take it.
The Collections’ Brian prepping before one of their many shows during fashion week. Also a candid double exposure shot I love. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of Brian of The Collections backstage, October 2013.
A backstage portrait before he hits the runway. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of model backstage at the HD HOMME show, October 2014.
This time a triple exposure on the runway, taking different looks at the same model from different angles. – Mauricio Calero. Shot at the Mackage show, March 2014.
Heather Marks at Joe Fresh’s show. I really like the candid moment caught here. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of Heather Marks backstage, March 2013.
Q – STM – What is it that you love about photography? How did you choose this to be your career?
A – Mauricio – I love how it can be an objective artifact of a moment in time or it can be a subjective piece of artwork. Its such a broad field and there are so many incredible photographers/artists doing incredible work in areas you could never imagine but appreciate all the same. I honestly don’t think I chose photography, I think it chose me and swallowed me whole.
I experimented with lighting last season and this was one of my favs. Lighting the model from below, it gives a bit of depth to the photo. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of model backstage at the Pink Tartan show, October 2014.
Details and double exposure on a vibrant print. I love the colours and the varying perspective in the shots. – Mauricio Calero. Shots of the Mikeal D show, October 2014.
Q – STM – Craziest thing you have seen while shooting at WMCFW?
A – Mauricio – Probably one of Adrian Wu’s shows, his stuff was outrageous.
One of my more glamorous shots backstage. I love the lighting in this one, an early shot of mine backstage. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of model backstage of the DUY show, March 2013.
Love the perspective in this one. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of models backstage at the Caitlin Power show, October 2014.
Q – STM – Who are the photographers you admire?
A – Mauricio – I love street photography so I have a great appreciation for photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Vivian Maier, Robert Frank. They all had an incredible eye for what was current and timely and all had a way of capturing those moments in a very poetic and beautiful way. I also love Annie Leibovitz, Youseef Karsh, Richard Avedon, Mario Testino for their studio portraits and fashion work, the way they light their subjects you don’t even notice how good it is because the connection they make between the subject and the viewer is that strong.
Of course for street style photographers I follow Scott Schuman, Tommy Ton and Bill Cunningham very closely, they all have taught me something about how to see style on the street and that usually the most fun part is in the chase.
I feel like my street style really took a turn with this photo. Before I was just shooting straight up and down, whole body looks because that’s how I usually shot them for bolgTO streetstyle, but with this photo I took a different angle and composition of the subject. It was just a different take on angles, which I really enjoy. – Mauricio Calero. Street style, March 2014.
My first fashion week outside the tents and these two were in tune with fantastic tailoring and they looked stunning together. – Mauricio Calero. Street style, October 2012.
Just a beautiful shot. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of model backstage at Mercedes Benz Start Up at WMCFW, October 2014.
Q – STM – I understand you recently started using a manual camera again. Which type of camera do you prefer and why?
A – Mauricio – Right now I am trying to exclusively use film whenever I can, although for my event work I still have to reach for my digital camera because shooting an event in film would be way too slow, digital has its advantages and speed and mass sharing of photos are two of them. But right now my preference is for shooting in film mainly because the quality of a film photo is so different than digital. It is almost as if you can reach into a film photo and touch it. The depth and tonal range is unbeatable. It’s a bit tough to describe, but it’s as if it has more feeling.
Love the colours and the print in these shots. – Mauricio Calero. Shot of models backstage at the Hayley Elsaesser show, October 2014.
Q – STM – In your opinion, what makes for a good picture?
A – Mauricio – When a picture makes you feel something then you know its a good picture. Also, pictures of animals dressed in human clothes, they always win in my books.
This is a double exposure from backstage at the Klaxton Howl show. I love how it shows the prep and styling every show is put through minutes before the models hit the runway. – Mauricio Calero. Shot backstage at the Klaxton Howl show, October 2013.
Q – STM – What was the one shot you missed that you still think about today?
A – Mauricio – I was driving along Avenue Road one afternoon about 3 years ago and I noticed a Hasidic Jewish man on a pay phone at a gas bar and the sun was setting and the scene was just perfect, and of course I didn’t have a camera on me at the time. Truthfully I’m not sure if I would have gotten a good shot out of it but it was a really interesting scene and to this day I wish I would have had an opportunity to at least capture it, because really, who uses a pay phone anymore?
Photographer Mauricio Calero. Photo by: Amber Shiozaki