Paging through an album filled with dozens of magazine covers, articles and advertisements, Eric Silverberg speaks casually of the celebrities in the photos.
“Lindsay Lohan, she’s beautiful in person,” he says.
“You know Eric Bana. He was in ‘Troy’ with Brad Pitt.”
“Ryan Kwanten, maybe you saw him in ‘True Blood.’ ”
Silverberg, 24, who grew up in Kingston, has spent time with these famous folks and many others, shooting celebrity photographs that appear in magazines ranging from Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE, where you can find articles about women’s fashion, to L’Officiel Hommes and L’Optimum, where you can read about men’s fashion.
His work appears in publications distributed in places as far flung as France and Indonesia, and his photo shoots can take place anywhere from a Los Angeles street to a Bali beach.
“I do love natural light,” he said.
How did a young man from Northeastern Pennsylvania find such a fascinating career?
“I don’t want to give away all my secrets,” he said with a smile.
Silverberg will say he started out, almost immediately after graduating from Wyoming Valley West High School, by moving to Florida.
What? On his own? With no job waiting for him? No school?
That’s right, he said. He just needed to pursue his dream.
“I’m not saying you can’t pursue a dream in Wilkes-Barre, but I wanted to go to Florida.”
Silverberg, only son of Mark and Denise Silverberg, admits he wasn’t totally unfamiliar with the Sunshine State because his family had vacationed there several times.
So he went to Miami, found a place to live, took a job as a bus boy and began to network.
Agents and public-relations people have been a big help, he said, and magazines appreciate the images he creates.
“I love photography,” he said.
Nowadays the Wilkes-Barre area is once again his home base, from which he seems always ready to travel the world.
When he’s not behind the camera lens, he enjoys watching independent films that are “artful, real, raw.”
What’s next for Silverberg? Perhaps directing.