Illustrator of the month : Alex Wallbaum

Do you remember the first picture you ever took? (If so, what was it?) 

Alex Wallbaum : Yes! I was about 4 years old at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago with my family.

I vividly remember my dad taking pictures on his Canon AE-1. He had me look through the lens and take a picture of a sea otter. I remember how exciting it was to twist the lens into focus and see everything become sharp. He let me click the shutter and advance the film which was so satisfying. That memory really stuck with me and I still use that camera today.

Does music inspire your work?

A.W : Music definitely inspires me!

It‘s always been a goal of mine to create album covers, so a lot of my work is informed by that. I love to imagine what kind of music might work with a certain picture, and use colors and objects that make me think of certain genres. I‘ve worked on a couple of album covers in the past and they‘re some of my favorite pictures.

If your art was a song, what would it be? Why?

A.W : If my art was a song, it would be “Lying Has to Stop” by Soft Hair. It’s playful and wacky, but still a bit moody and always fun to sing along with. I hope that my images are entertaining in the same way!

If you could shoot an artist/band for their album cover, who would it be and why?

A.W : I’d love to shoot SSION. Cody Critcheloe has such a great sense of humor and seems to love kitsch as much as I do.

Now that you have linked your pictures with music, what other art would you like to explore?

A.W : I’d really love to collaborate with a chef. Shooting a cookbook or something else in the culinary world would be amazing!

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