Aaron Eckhart Goes Behind the Camera as a Fashion Photographer

03/29/2010 at 10:23 AM ET

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He may have been all about fighting Batman in the The Dark Knight, but Aaron Eckhart tells PEOPLE that he has a new real life obsession — fashion photography! Having recently shot his first campaign for pal Molly Sims’ jewelry line, Eckhart tells PEOPLE at the line’s N.Y.C. launch last week that his new calling might be behind the lens. “I’m obsessed with it–it’s all I do,” he says. “That’s really the only thing I think about.” With magazines like French Vogue, Italian Vogue and L’Uomo Vogue as his inspirations, and famed photographers like Peter Lindbergh and Bruce Weber as his heroes, the easygoing actor says that capturing raw human emotions is what he’s most passionate about. “Straight-up fashion photography in the studio–that’s not what I necessarily aspire to, you know? I like to be outside, on location, making up stories,” he says. “That’s where my acting comes in.” So will the actor–who’s starring in an upcoming movie with Nicole Kidman later this year–turn photo pro? “I will if somebody asks me,” he says. “Hopefully I’ll do exhibitions and all that sort of stuff. I’m really just a photography geek. I just love to shoot.” —David Yi

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Kate on

Ah…anything for his “art”. LOL He’s a goof, but pretty darn cute!

lexie on

Really; if he wasn’t a ‘star’ he more than likely wouldn’t have a wall to hang his pictures on… try years of slugging it out in the real art world, buddy and actually earning a spot in the pages of Vogue because of your PHOTOGRAPHY talent.

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08girl on

Well Lexie, once you get yourself to the top it opens up a whole new world of opportunities. And the only way he is going to get any real recognition for photography is if he’s good at it. He worked to become an actor and has his face in front of people so now he can explore new options.

I’m not sure why your hating when it’s not like he was handed anything. He still worked to get where he is.

Sara on

aaron eckhart was staying at the same resort as my mom and me last year, and there was a camera with him literally everywhere he went. one could tell he really is “obsessed,” and it’s a bit above the level with lindsay lohan’s fashion “obsession” ;)

Alyson on

Mol Sims is a friend of mine. I’ve seen some Aaron’s work. For an amature photographer, he’s really quite good. He has no no formal training, just self-taught. Aaron possesses a natural raw talent that will serve him well should he decide to devote himself to photography full time.

If he’s truly serious about this, disciplines himself, and learns under a master photographer, there’s no doubt he’d make it regularly into the fashon magazines.

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