Rising out of the infamous Houston, Texas comes Drake Champion Ball, a photographer and certified, unsigned model. Two years into the visual game, Ball has gained a great deal of success: working alongside Houston musician Rocky Banks and having one of his visual pieces showcased in an exhibition at the Houston Center of Photography. What’s next? Ball plans to continue in his progression with his craft, as well as await the day The Fader contacts him for a feature. 

 

Q: What is your full name and where are you from?

A: Drake Champion-Ball – Houston, Tx

Q: How long have you been doing photography?

A: I’ve been taking pictures for about two and a half years now, yet everything has been excelling this past fall. 

Q: What inspired you to want to do photography?

A: In early 2015, my mother gave me her old Nikon d80. Then and there, I knew the device could end up taking me places. Ever since, I’ve been trying to build a relationship with my camera.

Q: Who do you hope to shoot one day? What event do you plan to shoot one day?

A: Someday I’d want to shoot A$AP Rocky or Maxo Kream.  A$AP brings that certain swagger to the game, and Maxo owns his persona mojo. Yeah, those would be the people I’d want to photograph. Shooting any Yeezy show would also be pretty insane. Kanye’s done so many great things for my generation, I’d be in the presence of a genius.

Q: What is some ultimate goals for yourself and your career?

A: Ultimate goals for myself include: A feature on the FADER, and traveling overseas.

Q: Who are your inspirations?

A:  Inspirations :

Rocky Banks / Houston – Rap Artist 

Tyler Mitchell / NY – Photographer

Q: Aside from photography, is there anything else that you do and could you elaborate on those talents?

A: . I’m a certified-unsigned model, currently building up my portfolio. Working on both sides of the camera just seemed beneficial to me. I want to be a double edged sword in my profession.

Q: How would you define the style of your shoots?

A: My style of shooting is random, yet intriguing. I don’t want people to immediately know what I took a photo of. I would much rather have people figure it out for themselves. It’s more fun this way, not having your work be so readable.

Q: Are you currently working on any projects?

A: . I have a project involving 10 teens from my city, coming soon. That’s all I’m saying on that one. 

Q: Have you done photography for any public figures?

A: So far, I haven’t taken photos of any “celebrities”. However, I don’t feel the need to shoot famous people, in order to feel confident about my work. It’s not all about that for me. In other words – much rather put someone on, than I would be put on by someone else. 

Q: What is it like working alongside Rocky Banks?

A: . Working alongside Rocky Banks has been a crazy blessing to me. Rocky signed me in early 2016, and I started off as an intern. My main jobs were shooting at shows, and promoting him via social media. I never even questioned why he chose me to tag along, I kind of just went with it. I guess you could say, he saw something in me, that I didn’t even see in myself. 

Rocky provided a different mindset for me to take on… He emphasized the sober separation from anything toxic, in order to progress. Ever since, we’ve worked extremely hard on establishing our teams’ direction; forward. He’s a mastermind, and we’re definitely up to something over here.

His knowledge has inspired me to become a better person, as well as further pursue my photography career. I couldn’t thank him enough, for giving me the opportunity to prosper with him, truly.

 

 

Q: When you edit your photos, what style do you go for?

A: While editing my photos, my style is to somewhat visually confuse the viewer. I have interests of transforming my photos into something more sometimes. My main effort is to make my audience think: “Damn, what is that?”

My Graphic Design skills heavily come into play.

Q: When is comes to the confidence of the models, or the people you shoot for, how do you get them to do exactly what you want? What steps do you take to ensure the photoshoot turns out how you envisioned it?

A: I try my best to shoot with outgoing people. However, when someone needs direction on what to do, I simply tell them to act as if I’m not there. Sometimes I’ll even say something crazy, just to get a reaction out of them. Also, I take lots of shots to ensure a solid collection.

Q: I see one of your pieces is going to be in an exhibition, can you tell us a little bit about that?

A: Yes, I have a piece going up on Exhibition at HCP. Houston Center for Photography is one of the most prestigious venues throughout all of Houston. They offer an annual youth collaborations program for high school students. The program allows students to move through the entire exhibition process, from creating the theme, to the installation of the show. This is my second & last year in the program, and I’m very excited to have work in the show. (Friday, May 12th) (1441 W Alabama St – Houston, Texas) 

Q: What would you like the readers to know?

A: I would like the readers to know that I’m a very hard working person. I truly feel as if every day is an opportunity to progress, and improve your talents. Lastly, I would like to tell the readers, to remember my name.

 

Social Media:

Twitter: @dchampionb

Instagram: @drakechampionball

Email – drakechampionball@gmail.com

 

 

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