SEVEN ON SET is a twice-monthly interview series that takes a closer look at creative individuals. In this installation, we interviewed NYC-based photographer, filmmaker, and art director Christelle de Castro

1. What made you want to become a photographer?

My first love was actually video, which I began working with in high school. When I got to college for film, one of my best friends at the time introduced me to photography. He trained me on 35mm b&w film. I appreciated photography it for its instant gratification; each still was a piece in itself, whereas video projects were very labor intensive. Photography was a hobby that quickly grew into my daily art practice. Eventually I began showing my work in exhibitions throughout San Francisco, as well as curating. In 2008 I moved to NYC to transition from art and move into commercial work. 8 years later I’m seeing how photo, video, art & music inform the big picture of what I do. 

2. What has been the most memorable moment of your career?

Exchanging numbers with Chilli.

3. If you did something different for a living, what would it be?

Probably something just as fun, and just as stressful lol like open a cafe or restaurant in downtown Manhattan.

4. What is your personal mantra?

At the moment? Keep it sexy.

5. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

English is my second language.

6. Ideal dinner party? Dead or Alive.

A party of 10 max, with Bobby Flay in the kitchen and baby girl Aaliyah seated next to me.

7. If you could only choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

“Sock It 2 Me” by Missy Elliott 

Photography by Peggy Gertner