Martyn Ewoma is back at it again with another shoot for Rebel From Birth. This time we also managed to ask him a couple questions about himself.
So, who are you?
Martyn Ewoma, 21 year old Cameroonian photographer.
Hoodie: Laura Ashley
Trousers: Model’s own
Sneakers: New Balance 530
Straight to the point. What got you into photography?
When I was doing my A levels I was doing graphics, there was one module where we had to do a bit of photography so I based my project around taking photos of my friends. My friend Max had also been telling me to get tumblr for ages. He thought I’d like it because of how I dressed and stuff. So when I was doing graphics my laptop was a really rubbish one and it didn’t have enough memory to store all the photos on. So I put them on tumblr so I could access them and submit them later. I didn’t really know how tumblr worked but there’s a re-blogging system where photos got shared, and the ones I took of my mates started getting circulated loads and thousands on people started following me and stuff. When I was 18 a couple of independent brands who found me through tumblr offered me money to shoot for them which at the time I thought was crazy. So I basically just kept at it since then!
Trousers: Model’s own
Sneakers: New Balance 496
What made you decide to use NB as the brand focus?
Well two reasons really, the first being I’ve been a fan of New Balance as long as I’ve been interested in clothes so I’ve always wanted to work with them. The other reason is perhaps slightly more pedantic haha. Basically towards the end of last year there was a suggestion that New Balance as a brand supported Donald Trump. In fairness I don’t believe that, I think it was just a case of the media sensationalising something much more trivial. I think it was a trade policy or something. However I remember afterwards a lot of white-supremacy groups jumping on the bandwagon and declaring New Balance the shoe of white supremacy. In itself it’s insane to think a shoe could have a political standpoint anyway, but I was annoyed at the idea that a brand I’d grown up liking was being claimed by fascists. With that in mind I felt the perfect riposte would be me, a Cameroonian photographer photographing Tytiah a beautiful black model to showcase the fact fashion is at it’s best when it’s at it’s most diverse. And the hatred of idiots will never subjugate that.
Hoodie: Champion x Weekday hoodie,
Sneakers: New Balance Pro Court
Are there any brands you would like to do a campaign shoot for?
Hmmm, I’m actually working towards working with a couple of my favourite brands but everyone’ll have to hold out a little while to see that haha!
J.W. Anderson x Sunspel dress and kilt
New Balance Vazee
What are your plans for the future?
I don’t tend to plan too far ahead. When I was going through school and A levels I was preparing to study to be an architect, then I ended up being a fashion photographer. So I don’t feel like I’m someone who has much foresight in to what’s on the horizon for them haha. It will be interesting to see though!
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