Photographer Spotlight: Jeffrey Baum

Photographer Jeffrey Baum abandoned the beauty business to focus on his moody, film noir-inspired images.

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Jeffrey Baum got his start in the fashion business working as a makeup artist before realizing he had more to offer behind the camera. "It got to the point where I had more vision than that role could satisfy," explains Baum. "I was fueled by creating the mood, essence, and composition of the final product."
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Baum is nothing if not a master of mood. His images -- often darkly romantic with a cinematic, film noir quality -- reflect his fascination with artists who "draw viewers in to some skewed reality," including Jon Cocteau, Paolo Roversi and Deborah Turbeville.
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Baum's use of natural light often lends his images a haunting, magical quality. "There is a sense of intimacy one can relish in even in the most public of space," explains Baum. "We are all capsules filled with an infinite emotional spectrum ... I strive to capture the physicality of that intangible spectrum."
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A preference for less-than-ideal weather also contributes to the overall mysterious mood of his work. "I do have a fondness for shooting in questionable weather," he admits. "I detest perfect sunny weather in most circumstances. The a rain, clouds, and heavy atmosphere can play a character of its own."
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As for who he's hoping to get behind the lens next, Baum says he's always on the hunt for subjects who are "willing to expose different facets of themselves ... Ideally, I would enjoy documenting an actress over the length of a few years, playing different characters in my world of artifice."
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