FASHION, TRAVEL + LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER, LONDON
Philipp Raheem is a Photographer who is based in London and has been creating for the last 7 years, working with designers and musicians such as Drake and Kanye West. His work "focuses on projecting the subjects personality and expressing its positivity".
He grew up being told to become a doctor yet he fell into photography by a crazy reception on Tumblr with photos from a trip to Nigeria.
We found out how he got into photography, his thoughts on the Barbour Beacon Collection and his favourite moment when visiting Barbour House.
Hello Philipp! Can you tell us more about why you decided to get into photography?
I can't say that I always wanted to be a photographer, I grew up being told that I must become a doctor. I decided to do photography when I visited Nigeria and took images during my road trips. I ended up falling into it with the crazy reception I would receive on Tumblr. I have found something that belongs to me and something that allows me to express the world around me through my eyes. You can say I found myself in this craft and I continue to find myself the more I delve into it.
What other exciting projects have you worked on?
I worked with Hunger Magazine, behind the scenes for the Kanye West for Yeezy Season 1 and Drake's 'Nice For What' video and I have worked with 20th Century Fox on the film Bohemian Rhapsody. But my favourite project would have to be my editorial in Lagos, Nigeria where we collaborated with the best of Nigeria's designers and curated a piece of art that reflects the evolution of design.
Tell us something unique about the way you capture and create your content?
I found in my earlier days that my best shots were the ones where I didn't look through the viewfinder. I love the idea of capturing an amazing shot wihout looking inside the camera to do so.
What was your favourite bit about your visit to Barbour House, South Shields and the Herd Groyne located in the North East of England?
Definitely visiting Barbour House! My Grandfather, my father both wore Barbour Jackets. It's been ingrained in our family's style guide. To see how everything is made by hand was a delight. The process in itself was an interesting experience to observe.
What elements of the new brand and collection do you think will engage with a younger generation?
Barbour Beacon has been able to maintain its original style yet the bold accents of colour give the pieces a fresh contemporary twist that I know will appeal to a cool young audience. I come from a fashion background and I love to express myself with colour and I have a real focus on how pieces are styled together, so this brand is on point for me!
What is your favourite Barbour Beacon piece from the collections you have seen so far?
I love the backpack. The neutral colour palette makes it an easy-to-wear piece while the bold detailing gives the bag statement.