Photographer Spotlight: Thomas Whiteside

Thomas Whiteside cultivated an early interest in fashion by drawing elaborate rendering's of Belle's ball gown from "Beauty and the Beast."

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Whiteside's affinity for glamour often comes through in his images, which tend towards timeless elegance and classic sense of style, as in this sultry depiction of Burlesque queen, Dita Von Teese.
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Thomas Whitehead always knew he'd end up making images one way or another. "I was that little kid who would spend hours drawing or painting -- everyone knew me as 'the little artist,'" he says. "Then I started taking photos and making short movies as a teen. I realized that taking a photo was similar to painting -- framing the subject, creating a story with one image. I guess that was when I really fell in love with photography."
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Whiteside's meticulous attention to detail lent itself easily to the fashion sphere -- a passion cultivated early with childhood renderings of Belle's ball gown in "Beauty and the Beast." "She had an amazing dress," laughs Whiteside. "Fashion is my opportunity to play dress up with beautiful women. Clothes transform people, and there is nothing I love more than a transformation."
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Whiteside's affinity for glamour often comes through in his images, which tend towards timeless elegance and classic sense of style, as in this sultry depiction of burlesque queen, Dita Von Teese.
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"When I'm shooting, I'm always asking myself, 'is this timeless, iconic, and beautiful?'" While Whiteside consistently delivers classically elegant images, he isn't afraid to experiment.
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In addition to his glitzy fashion spreads, Whiteside often finds himself snapping portraits of seriously high-profile personalities. While shooting HIllary Clinton, Whiteside recalls pausing to remark to myself, "I can't believe that this is my job. I am talking with the most powerful woman in the world, and she's asking me how I got started as a photographer. I had to pinch myself at that moment."
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As for where he's hoping to steer his lens next, Whiteside says a long overdue trip to Japan would be a creative dream come true. "I'm dying to get back there for a visit, so I'm dying to shoot anything there- -- even if it's just the view from my hotel window."
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