James Naylor Q&A.

Who are you? Where are you? What do you do?
I am James Naylor. I am in my office in Cally Road and I am a photographer.

Describe your work in 5 words?
That’s a real tough one.

Do you feel that the fashion and beauty industry’s attitude towards what’s considered beautiful is changing?
Yes of course. I think it should be changing all the time anyway, always evolving, and maybe our generation is fortunate to be at the back end of a recession cycle which is usually when things get interesting and people start to get a bit more freedom. I hate the term, but I feel like “beauty” has become something very stale so I hope that we have the chance for a new start, a bit of a blank canvas. There are some amazing new stylists and hair & MU artists emerging so it’s really exciting to see where we will go in the next few years. I hope that ethnicity will start to play a much bigger part in things too.

If you could be any body part what would you be?
Woody Allen said, if he could be reincarnated as anything he would be Warren Beaty’s finger tips. I think along that vein I would probably be Robert Redford’s hair if I could be any body part. It has led a long happy life and is still as good as it was 50 years ago.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
“It’s nice to be nice”. My Dad paraphrased that from Jesus, or maybe Gary Linekar.

What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not taking pictures?
I like history and my girlfriend is a nurse so probably reading a book on Anglo Saxon kings whilst listening to my girlfriend talk about medical stuff like brains and blood vessels etc.

What book are you currently reading?
A biography of the Anglo Saxon King Harold Godwinson.

Tell us about your shoot for Off Black..
It’s a study. We were kind of interested in the creation of different characters by changing the hair and make-­up on a single model. In this case, Ralph.