Derek Malou describes himself as a 'visual storyteller', which is pretty accurate considering all of his photographs look like stills from vintage adventure films. He describes his style as 'retro', but I'd say it's more rustic. The outdoorsy, woodsy settings give me an All American summer camp vibe.
How did you get started?
Back when I was teen, my parents had a fashion brand. I was regularly present during the photoshoots for the campaigns and started to shoot myself. I quickly became passionate about photography, especially to do with lifestyle and outdoors. Sharing my photos on Instagram was just a way to show my work.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspirations are wide but I really love vintage pictures of travelers and explorers. People used to travel with style at that time! More recent photographers are Will Davidson or Kalle Gustafsson, they have that kind of feeling too.
How do you decide what to share and what to keep private?
I’m not the kind of person that shares every moment of his life on Instagram. I only share the pictures that are telling a story by themselves.
Any tips and tricks to your photos?
Be patient and keep your style. It will evolve but the DNA should remain the same.
What camera and editing software do you use?
I use a Canon EOS 5D MK3. Lightroom and Photoshop are my favorite editing software.
How would you describe your Instagram aesthetics?
It’s hard to say… maybe a bit retro?
Tell us something no one knows about you.
I’ve never been to school one day in my whole life! I’ve always been homeschooled.
What’s been your favourite piece of creative work to date?
I’ve just spent 3 days in the beautiful hills of the Slovak countryside and slept everyday under thousands of stars. It was awesome, and I took some great photos.
The best thing about being a creator?
The freedom it gives!
If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Enjoy every moment of life, every sunset, sunrise, lake dip… Those are the memories you keep.