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Creatives on Q: Joseph Bermudez just keeps on winning and evolving

Joseph Bermudez


Davao City

“Individuality is such a crucial part of being a fashion photographer.” Joseph Bermudez said when asked about his advice to the young creatives. “Learn from experience and research. Practicing your style takes time and practice. It is worth noting that your style represents your identity as an artist [and] it separates you from other creatives.”

Easier said than done especially if coming from this budding and definitely one of the young creatives to look out for whose works have been plastered in several fashion magazines before -- from here and abroad. For Joseph Bermudez, this advice is exactly what drove him to the top and apparently what pushed him to work twice as hard.

Joseph Bermudez is a visual artist who uses photography as his medium. His creative work draws so much from cinematic fiction with undertones of reality. “Most of my work is executed in fashion photography and portraiture. I tell stories that stems from my fascination with vintage, indie culture, and cult-classic films.”

If his name rings a bell, then it’s all because of the fact that his photos had been featured in Vogue Italia’s PhotoVogue last May 19, 2020. Sounds cool but it took him two years before Vogue Italia decided to publish his photos in their website. “I have been submitting photos for the last two years and finding out that my photos landed on Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue was actually overwhelming. It made me feel content because I submitted countless times, but did not make it to the cut.”

See our on-going Creatives on Q featuring artists during quarantine

And just recently, he made it to Garage’s Young Talents 2020. Looks like his years of practice have finally come to fruition and there’s no stopping for this guy, not even a pandemic, to reap triumphs.

The Middle Mag PH spoke with Joseph Bermudez and shared with us his solid take on handling rejections, brands he has worked with before, and more.

Aside from Photography, anything that you’re also passionate about?

Aside from photography, I actually love cooking. My cooking usually revolves with Indian, Malay, and Chinese techniques. Spices are crucial in my food.

What’s keeping you busy in these unprecedented times?

In truth, finding a temporary job is my priority right now. Most of the time, I create mood boards, curating my Spotify playlists, and re-editing my old photos keeps me busy these days. I'm also under the apprenticeship of Renzo Navarro and JP Talapian so sometimes I assist them during their photoshoots.

Where do you draw inspiration or concepts for your shoots?

Growing up, I used to be obsessed with films and movies. Filmmaking was one of the things that I want to do, but as a teenager with few resources, photography was the closest thing I could produce. My fascination with vintage, indie culture, and cult-classic films has become the archetype of my storytelling and inspirations. There are times that I also get inspired by other artists.

Any big brands that you’ve worked with before?

As a newcomer, I have not worked with big brands but have assisted a photoshoot for Carl Jan Cruz, Human, and edited photos for Bench under the apprenticeship of Renzo Navarro and also assisted a photoshoot for Oxygen under JP Talapian.

With all the current events that’s going on right now, how do you keep your mental health in check?

Being an anxious person, one of the things I do to calm myself is to always keep in touch with my mom and friends. Sharing your words doesn't solve your problems, but it's better than keeping it to yourself. It makes me feel lighter. Playing video games and spending time conceptualizing also helps me soothe myself during these dire times.

As a young creative yourself, you too also experience your works being rejected, how do you deal with rejection and how do you keep going?

For the most part, I just deal with it. It comes in two ways whether you choose to believe that it is a terrible thing, or it can be a learning point in improving your craft. In the creative industry, rejection is common, and it is rampant. Rejection can be brutal, but it doesn't make you less of an artist.

Name at least three magazines, local or international, that you’re rooting to be part of or at least your works being recognized or published. Why?

My favorite magazines are i-D, Dazed, and Fader. The imagery I create is youth-focused, and these magazines celebrate fashion, music, art, and youth culture, which I believe is the best suit for my art. I'm hoping I'll get my work published soon.

Follow Joseph Bermudez on instagram here.

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