Bradley Soileau lives and works in Los Angeles, California. The photos he shot for us are from behind the scenes of a shoot Brett Alan Nelson styled and art directed with Tinashe. We talked to him about his influences, making friends, patience, and what he finds interesting in other people.
Springtide: Where did you grow up?
Bradley: I grew up between Baton Rouge and New Orleans through my youth.
Springtide: Where do you live currently?
Bradley: Currently, I live in Los Angeles.
Springtide: What brought you there?
Bradley: I moved to Los Angeles for a failed marriage LOL
Springtide: What is your earliest memory of friendship?
Bradley: It was my friend Jake. Jake the Snake who peed in a lake. We used to bow hunt turkeys and throw sticks at cars when we were extremely young idiots.
Springtide: What was your first job?
Bradley: My first job was mowing a few of the neighbors’ yards in my neighborhood.
Springtide: Have you made any mistakes that have helped you out later on?
Bradley: Maybe we can circle back to my failed marriage. Huge mistake…. But if I had never come to Los Angeles, I wouldn’t have started making clothes and doing some of the other things I do at the moment. Not saying that I would have never made clothes, but timing is everything.
Springtide: What was the first piece of art – film, book, image, album etc. that resonated with you?
Bradley: The first album that ever really changed me was a record from a hardcore band that only made one record… “Carry On – A Life Less Plagued”. Sonically and lyrically it changed my whole way of thinking. The first movie was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s, “El Topo”. I was sober and young and had never seen anything like it in my life. The first book I read that really moved me was Patti Smith’s, “Just Kids”.
Springtide: What do you like most about yourself?
Bradley: Hardest question. I’m still searching for that answer. Maybe that I’m still here growing and doing what I want.
Springtide: When did you last make a friend and where did you meet them?
Bradley: Robbie! I met him about a month and a half ago first time briefly at The Oaks then officially at La Poubelle. He’s fucking hilarious
Springtide: What is something you find interesting in other people?
Bradley: I think I like the darker sides of people. I’ve always found beauty in the darker side of life… how some people’s minds are just so nuts you can see it working overtime on their face. You can see their crazy or their insecurities or whatever other misgivings they have.
Springtide: Has anyone in particular influenced the way you think in a big way, or opened you up to a new way of working?
Bradley: Yeah.. my best friend Philippa helped me see the pros in my way of thinking instead of the cons and how I can literally do anything I want to.
Springtide: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Bradley: I think it depends on my mood and the weather and my bank account and my workload.
Springtide: Are you impatient?
Bradley: I do seem to find myself being extremely impatient at times. I fully think it depends on the situation… like waiting for samples to be finished and photos to develop and like, shoes to come in the mail. Those things make my skin crawl with impatience.