In his black joggers, sneakers and white round-neck tee, 18-year-old Brooklyn Beckham looked like a regular skater boy. The first-born son of football star David Beckham and famous fashion designer wife Victoria, however is also a budding photographer with a book of his photos published last year.
He is in the country this weekend as the newest Bench Globesetter and will sign copies of his book, “What I See”, this afternoon at the Bench stores at SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia.
“I first learned about Bench while skating four years ago. I was wearing one of these shirts,” he said.
As a regular skater, Brooklyn favors simple round neck tees and loose bottoms–the better to move around in and make those hairpin turns.
“I found the shirt I was wearing really comfy and so I did some research, got some bottoms as well. They’re my style,” he said.
Brooklyn shared that he and his Dad sometimes tell each other what to wear. “I borrow a lot of his clothes.”
On Brooklyn’s left-hand, he wears an initial ring with the letter C. “C is for Chloe,” the first name of his actress girlfriend Chloe Grace Moretz. On his right wrist is a nail-shaped bracelet, a gold Juste un Clou from Cartier, one of the first things he bought for himself.
“My Mum bought my Dad one 10 or 15 years ago. I loved it so I bought one for myself.”
He admitted that growing up, he never really was aware of how famous his parents are.
“I always just saw them as Mum and Dad. I never really understood why people got all excited or took photos of them. It was only when I was 13 or 14 that I understood why,” he said.
Brooklyn credits his father for introducing to and getting him hooked on photography.
“When I was smaller, my Dad took photos of me; he’s always been interested in cameras. He showed me how to use a camera.”
Brooklyn recalled how his first camera was a Fuji instamatic. “It was a tiny little camera,” he said. Now, he uses a Leica and a Hasselblad.
“What I See” is a collection of photographs mainly of his family and friends. Brooklyn’s favorite image?
“It’s towards the end of the book–my girlfriend on the beach. It’s my favorite not just because she’s my girlfriend but because of the composition of the photo, how I placed it. It’s different from all the other ones,” he said.