We’ve all wanted to escape our realities from time to time, and maybe especially while in our youth just dying to leave the ever so boring nest. Aris Jerome’s Runaways captures the feeling of that first taste of freedom so effortlessly yet beautifully, where we follow Kianna Stupakoff and Izzy Spain through their blissful journey into the unknown. Their friendship is their safety, and their connection is unbreakable. “They are truly amazing,” Jerome says of the girls, telling us they hit it off from the very beginning.
They would vibe off each other like twin sisters. I couldn’t have asked for a better pair of models to work with.
The film came together as Jerome followed colleague and good friend Joseph Tran as he was shooting the girls. “He asked me to come along and I was just filming in between shots. He had the first locations but we definitely improvised throughout the day. It was very natural.”
Jerome started shooting music videos about three years ago, and about a year ago he moved out to the OC and met a photographer named Solmaz Saberi: “- She introduced me to Joseph Tran and I would tag along their shoots and just learn from them.“
Young photographer Bryant Eslava is currently finishing his last year in high school in Orange County, California, before he’ll shoot off to New York to earn his BFA in photography: “- On my days off from school in New York I’ll be shooting for Nylon U.S and assisting some really well known photographers to get more experience working in the big apple.”
His work has been published in a various amount of online publications, and he’s a regular contributor to Nylon Magazine Mexico. He started shooting for real back in 2008: “- The main reason behind that is, I started to take photography serious by staying up hours and studying cameras on my own or finding inspirational music. These last four years seem to be a short amount of time, but to me it’s feels longer, it feels more like ten since I’ve received so many great opportunities.”
Bryant’s inspiration is usually based off of music or dreams he’s had: “- The genres of music that inspire are mainly Ambient/Downtempo/Dream-Pop. Some of the dreams I’ve had have been a blur, which lead me into remembering them for at least two days, which have inspired me into creating double exposure photographs.”
Here’s some of his work:
Check out his portfolio here.