Robert Evans: Life & Love
One and a half years ago, Robert Michael Evans, his girlfriend Heather Moore and his own curiosity got him to pick up a camera. Fast-forward to today and you’ll find that his talent has not gone unrecognized: many have sought him after, including the likes of The Korean Tourism Organization.
A self-described “Culturephile” Evans loves to capture people, places, and raw culture. Take a look at his work and you’ll see a wide variety of images ranging from well composed images of nights out on the town, electrifying concerts, protests mixed in with Zen like photos of Korea’s tradition and historical buildings, as well as some dreamy portraits.
“They say that culture is the lens through which you view the world. This is the view through mine.”
Evans draws a lot of his inspiration from two main sources, “Life and Love.” Life comes from studying cultural anthropology during his university years. Instilling within him a strong passion to capture people in his images.
“I will rarely take a picture if there isn’t a person in it.”
The love comes from his significant other, Heather Moore. When they first met Moore got into alternative modeling in Atlanta. They agreed that he would be present for all her photo shoots. A photographer was in the making.
“During that process, I met and befriended many talented photographers. I was naturally curious about all of the gear involved and how it worked so I asked a million questions. After doing that for a while and witnessing many different styles and workflows, I thought that maybe I could do it too. I did some research, bought a camera, and it was on.”
Moore continues to inspire Evan’s images. Not only by hopping in front of the lens, but by being his biggest critic. He attributes it to developing a thick skin. A necessary trait for photographers.
“She has been a major factor in the creation of my imagery. There have been many instances where she has pushed me into areas of photography that I would have not found myself in otherwise. Additionally, she is the most brutal critic I know. I like to run photos by her before I publish anything and as a result my skin has grown thick. When it comes to photography, thick skin is necessary. “
Having no formal education in photography Evans has quickly paved his own path through his love of culture and being naturally inquisitive. This quick crash course in photography has pulled him in all areas of photography teaching him to adapt. Although he feels as though he doesn’t have his own distinctive style he does offer some great advice to aspiring photographers.
“I would advise them to constantly create, always aspire, relentlessly critique, strive to improve, never turn down an opportunity to make an image, and most importantly be kind. “
Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, Evans was “a white kid from the south with kimchi in his refrigerator by request.” Growing up with a Korean best friend, studying anthropology, and having studied at Hanyang University Evans wanted to get out and see some of the world. It just so happened that teaching English in Korea was one of the best ways do just that.
By keeping his nose to the grindstone and hoping for a little luck, Evan aspires to be making most if not all of his income through photography within the next five years. It looks like Evans will be on that path much sooner than later. If photography weren’t an option for him, Evans would be more than happy working for something that has value and meaning to him. Before he graduated he interned for the International Rescue Committee.
“It’s the largest refugee resettlement organization in the United States, and it was truly an awesome experience. Helping those in need is undeniably a life worth living. It would also be really cool if there were a way to combine working there and photography. Who knows?”
Beyond photography Evans credits the works of Carl Sagan as having the single largest impact on his outlook on life. He truly believes that you are missing out if you haven’t discovered the joys of “Rick and Morty.” And while he has no loyalty to Mac’s or PC’s there isn’t a day that goes by where he doesn’t prefer to make a big ole batch of precious black coffee over having tea.
Evans can be found most weekends capturing the nightlife, bands, or events happening around Seoul. Sharing his view of the world one image at a time.