Junell Tanio

BIRTHPLACE: Cebu, Philippines

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Q: What do you like to depict in your photos the most?

A: I mostly like to depict emotions, movement and most of all, diversity.
Q: What inspires your art the most?
A: My inspiration usually comes out of nowhere. I get inspired just by driving around the city, or talking to someone who is really passionate about life. It inspires me to see people follow their dreams no matter what the odds are.
Q: What purpose does art serve for you?
A: Art’s purpose in my life is to let me see the world in a very different way; a different perspective in life made me realize a lot of stuff. It made me a better person, and a good photographer.
Q: What are some of your favorite things to photograph?
A: My favorite things to photograph are colors, movement, and candid moments. I loved seeing a person move, and capturing that in a certain way is amazing. It gives me goosebumps, especially when I get the perfect shot.
Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?
A: My goals in life are to work for a known fashion brand, shoot editorial campaigns, and shoot for magazines like i-D Magazine.
Q: What is your favorite thing about love?
A: My favorite thing about love is seeing my girlfriend smile, especially since I know she is comfortable enough that she wont doubt me in whatever I do. On a sidenote, she is actually the main reason why I started photography. She encourages me a lot more than anyone else.
Q: What is your favorite love song?
A: Bob marley x Lauryn Hill – Turn the Lights Down Low
Q: Who is your favorite designer, photographer, or artist?
A: My favorite designer will be forever be Hedi Slimane and Hiroki Nikamura. I dont have a favorite photographer really, but i draw inspiration from Richard Avedon, and my favorite artists are Jean Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.
Q: What do you want to communicate with your art?
A: I want to for push more diversity, especially being an immigrant who came into the states 5 years ago.
Q: Describe your work in 3 colors.
A: Red, orange, and yellow.
Q: How has photography impacted your life?
A: Photography changed my life. I just started a year ago, so I’m still a baby in this industry. Through photography, I made some of my best buds right now. I made friends that are some of the most creative and hard working people i know. A year ago, I was depressed and gaining tons of weight, and in photography, I found an outlet where I can go and let all of my emotions out into my photos.
Q: What is the craziest thing you’ve done for love?
A: The craziest thing I did for love was sacrifice for a long distance relationship for almost a year. My girlfriend was in the Philippines, and I was in the states. I am an impatient person, so for me, that was the craziest thing I’ve ever done..
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