50 Questions with photographer Gab Scanu

Gab Scanu is one of those impressive young talents shaking up the digital landscape – creating phenomenal still and film campaigns that would historically have taken teams of people and exorbitant price tags to achieve. Instead, you have a 22-year-old from Sydney wielding his camera and his drone.

But creating awe-inspiring visuals is not Gab’s only talent, with the content creator proving he’s also got a strong business head on his shoulders – having a solo exhibit at 21, an online gallery where he sells his prints, a shop with all his presets, plus a homewares line. Did we mention impressive?

With Gab Scanu currently at home in Australia, we pulled the photographer/artist influencer aside to talk everything from starting out when he was 12 to travelling to Saudi Arabia for a DJI Mavic Air campaign.

Missed the last articles in the 50 Questions series? Click the links to read interviews with Travel A Little LuxeAnnisophie_’s Anne-Sophie Schmidt, and When Words Fail’s Danielle Lalor and Nicole Benton.

1. Age? 22
2. Best grooming product of all time? Aesop moisturiser
3. Hair “done” or messy? Done
4. Favourite scent? Cinnamon
5. Favourite item of clothing? Sneakers
6. Gym or exercising outdoors? Both, good to have some balance
7. Healthy eating or treating yourself? Healthy eating, for sure. Treats in moderation
8. Can you cook? Definitely
9. Favourite food to indulge in? Pizza or pasta
10. First thing you pick from the mini-bar? Sparkling water

11. Best place to eat out? Mr Wongs in Sydney
12. Happiest moment? Too many to count
13. Saddest moment? I try not to focus on negatives
14. Blog or YouTube? YouTube
15. Iphone or camera? Camera
16. Type of camera? Canon 1DX MkII
17. Age when you begun photography? About 12
18. Did you study photography? No, but my Dad is a cinematographer
19. Facetune or untouched? Untouched
20. Lightroom or VSCO? Lightroom and Photoshop

21. Favourite filter? My own Lightroom filters!
22. Favourite way to edit pics? I like bright, vibrant images
23. 9-5 job or full-time influencer? Full-time artist
24. When did you first start on Instagram? 2014
25. How did you first start gaining a following on Instagram? Posting good, unique content regularly
26. How much time goes into a normal picture found on your Instagram account? Depends on the image, usually a few hours
27. Who takes your pics? I do
28. Career highlight since being an influencer? Having my own solo exhibition at 21
29. Best campaign you’ve ever worked on? DJI Mavic Air campaign in Saudi Arabia
30. Worst thing that’s happened to you on a photo shoot? Crashed a drone into a lighthouse

31. The best gift you’ve ever received as an influencer? Drones
32. Last thing you googled? My online store
33. Favourite film? ‘Wolf of Wall Street’
34. Favourite book? ‘1984’ – George Orwell
35. Favourite song? ‘The Return’ – Logic
36. Living in the city or living by the beach? By the beach
37. Favourite travel destination? So far, Sardinia
38. Essentials to pack when traveling? Camera, sunscreen
39. Going out clubbing or quiet dinner with friends? Dinner with friends
40. Partner or single? Partner

41. Mates or dates? You need a good balance
42. Siblings? Two younger brothers
43. What city are you currently living in? Sydney
44. Celebrity/influencer crush? Margot Robbie
45. Pets? I don’t currently have any pets
46. What is your best asset? My creativity
47. Biggest misconception about you and your job? “Do you shoot weddings?”
48. Top five Instagram accounts to follow? @erubes1, @badboi, @chelseakauai, @sam_kolder, @taramilktea
49. Favourite quote you live by? “You don’t compete where you don’t compare”
50. Top career tip? Be authentic and true to yourself, stay in your lane, and work harder/longer than
everyone else.

All images: Gab Scanu

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