REI MOON: Moon Ray Studio

"Since its launch, Moon Ray Studio has documented design, culture and fashion, acknowledging the interplay and cross-pollination between these disciplines."

 

Rei Moon

 

Who is Rei?

I am a founder & creative director of Moon Ray Studio. We work across a broad range of sectors including architect, interior design, lifestyle/fashion for publications as well as a design research.

I have over ten years experience photographing and writing for online and print media, holding various photographer and contributing editor positions in forefront media publications. 

 

"We work across a broad range of sectors including architect, interior design, lifestyle/fashion for publications as well as a design research."

 

Since its launch, Moon Ray Studio has documented design, culture and fashion, acknowledging the interplay and cross-pollination between these disciplines.

The studio has contributed to numerous publications including Stella Magazine Telegraph Newspaper UK, IDEAT France, CASA Living Korea, Marie Claire Maison Italy, ICON Italy, REAL Living Australia, Schoner Wohnen Germany as well as Gestalten books and a range of private commercial assignments.

I am based in London but working all around the world.

 

Rei Moon

 

What makes your practice and style disruptive?

Photography gave me the opportunity to use my sensibility and emotion and to express the beauty of the spirit, what I see and what I feel in the space or object. The realities of the world become a form of Art. We all share or interpret the beauty within ourselves. From that moment it becomes yours not mine. 

 

"Knowing the history or behind the scene stories and getting inspiration is a process in creating my visual work."

 

Describe your most consistent sources of disruptive inspiration

In my personal life, I listen to advice or stories from people who have already overcome and archived something. I love Oprah Winfrey as my life mentor. She started from nothing and has always tried to take herself at the next level. I have been inspired how she’s dealt with all the obstacles in her personal and business life. These days I am into the American author Robert Greene. I have learnt from his book how to be a master and be great in my field or in life. British philosopher Alan de Botton also gives me wisdom in many ways such as relationships in life or business.

In my artistic work, music, travel, movie, books, all inspire me. For example, when I have an assignment, doing research is the key part. I try to go deep into originality, whether it is about people or the space. Knowing the history or behind the scene stories and getting inspiration is a process in creating my visual work. Many times, it involves not only photography but also styling, as objects are important in the final visual result. I normally listen to particular music to get my own inspiration on each project. Also, through travel and work, I watch how people live and often ask questions about objects that belong to them in their own space. 

 

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

 

Inspiration is something we have in everyday life. Once, Ansel Adams, one of the greatest photographers in history, said that “You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” And I truly believe that.

 

Rei Moon

 

How do you see the importance of Art/Design/Music/Tech shaping our future lives?

Artist Daniel Chadwick once told me that Art, Design, Music are all in the same field. My thought is the same. Because of technology, the method has changed when creating any forms of art and design from hands to computer, however, the creative eye will continue to function, and the core philosophy of the area won’t change or should not be changed. Technological innovation may help our lives.

 

"It is interesting to hear from viewers about how they feel seeing my images."

 

How do you think your work connects with people and communities?

It has been a huge challenge for me to communicate with people through my work. But what I know now is the viewers can see what I felt for people or the space. It is interesting to hear from viewers about how they feel seeing my images. Often, they project themselves into the images and bring their own stories.

 

Rei Moon

 

How do you balance being commercial with authenticity?

My principle is to divide my passion into two separate ways. One is to bring all my inspiration and create work that I am most proud of. And the other is to reach the public or viewers in a more comprehensive way.

 

"I had studied and worked with film in the darkroom, putting my hands into the chemical liquid under the red light or darkness."

 

Since you started your career, what has been the biggest change to your industry and what changes do you see happening?

When I started working as a professional photographer it was a just the beginning of the digital era. I had studied and worked with film in the darkroom, putting my hands into the chemical liquid under the red light or darkness. Although the method has changed to digital, the way of seeing or the way of expressing are the same. As Ansel Adams said, “I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.”

 

Rei Moon

 

What’s the hardest personal challenge you’ve had to overcome?

Criticism. It used to affect me hugely. Now I can manage. Experience makes me stronger, I guess.

 

"Age and experience give you the ability to understand people better and know how to manage any stress of work."

 

How has your experience helped you career and your work?

Many ways! Age and experience give you the ability to understand people better and know how to manage any stress of work. As time went on, I have been able to build up confidence.

 

Rei Moon

 

What are you currently working on? 

I’m currently working on a project about people’s living space in a particular style with an artist/decorator. It is a very early stage, yet we are full of ideas and inspiration already. My recent shoot was in Paris, for a magazine, and the owners have a fantastic taste in art and design. It is a grand Haussmannian Parisian apartment, designed by Maison Jensen in 1950s. There are no images yet. It is a work in progress!

 

Rei Moon

 

All interviews are directly penned by the disrupters. 

Edited by Maria Micu

 

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