A self-portrait by photographer Will Manning.

A self-portrait by photographer Will Manning. (April 24, 2012)

Will Manning didn't seriously pursue photography until his sophomore year of college. That was just two years ago. The soon-to-be Johns Hopkins University graduate has kept busy since, balancing his studies in writing seminars and German with shooting for clothing label The Good Kin and Virginia-based menswear label Vernato.

"Surrounding oneself with creative, inspiring, and motivated people is essential for growth," the Virginia Beach, Va., native said, citing author, filmmaker and Morgan State professor MK Asante as an example. Manning, 22, took a break from studying for his final finals and snapping models to talk to b about his undying love for the Clash, not being a huge fan of condiments and more.

Worst pet peeve? Blatant inconsiderateness would probably be my biggest peeve. I try not to let much get me down, though.

What's on your iPod? Lately, I've been listening to a lot of folk, garage rock, and hip-hop. I have also been shamelessly enjoying Lana Del Rey's new album.

What song are you hating and/or loving right now? I am loving "Wisdom" by the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Your worst habit? Staying up late. I often procrastinate with school work when I have a lot of photography to do.

Favorite photographer? I have so many favorites. Helmut Newton is a major source of inspiration.

Black and white, color, or sepia? I love color and black and white, but color is very special to me. I am thankful for photographers like William Eggleston who have given color photography more artistic relevancy.

What was the first camera you owned? An Olympus 35mm point and shoot from the '90s.

Post-grad plans? My plan is to move up to New York City to continue pursuing a career in photography.

Favorite/least favorite band? I would probably have to go with the Clash as my favorite band. There are a lot of close seconds, but I have listened to the Clash as long as I can remember. They had such a wide array of influences and were never afraid to experiment.

Favorite book you recently read? "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" was interesting. I also love "Sparks from a Nine-Pound Hammer" by a [Hopkins] professor, Steve Scafidi.

Last great meal you had? I have a friend who is a fantastic chef, and the meals I have had at his house have been incredible. His restaurant, Bottega, will be opening soon on Maryland Avenue.

Food you hate? I'm not a huge fan of mustard or mayonnaise, but I can deal with them.

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? That would be a tie between The Dizz and Golden West. Both are great spots!

Favorite quote/saying? "The life so short, the craft so long to learn." — Geoffrey Chaucer

Favorite thing about Baltimore? There is a lot of creativity and positivity in this city. It's a progressive, open-minded place that is not afraid of change.

AS TOLD TO VIVIENNE MACHI