So in another installment of the Circle of One I would like to introduce +Ricardo Williams to those in my circles. For those that do not know I have been doing a Circle of One interview with upcoming photographers and those established ones who's work I like or simply they are great community members here on G+
What types of photography do you shoot?
Hi Brent, thanks for this interview. I shoot mainly portraiture, HDR, architecture and street photography. My portraits include boudoir, glamour and sensual photography along with regular portraiture i.e., family, groups, business, couples and singles.
Why did you become a photographer?
Photography kind of just came to me. I was usually the one in the group with the camera taking the photos. While doing this I wanted my photos to not only be photos, but good photos; even at random and casual events. My friends and colleagues started given me good comments and reviews on my photography which prompted me to study and take it more seriously. I enjoyed every second of it. Soon after that I got my first Semi- Professional Camera and a little over a year after that I got my first DSLR. Becoming a photographer was not a plan, but a great decision.
Do you want to become a pro photographer where you make all your income with photography? Have you tried this yet, and if so how difficult have you found this to be?
I don’t think the definition of a pro photographer should be a person that gets all his income on photography. I certainly feel you can be a professional even if all your income is not from your photography source. That said, at this time I won’t want to be a full time photographer; not because I don’t like it enough or don’t have enough passion, but because I have several other ongoing projects that I want to accomplish before going all out! Also being a web developer, technical translator and computer systems engineer keeps me challenged, entertained and very busy.
I see you are shooting mostly landscape and outdoor work, why did you pick that style of work and also are you looking to branch out to other styles?
When I first started shooting I went for inanimate objects or spaces. My first shots were usually of landscapes and places outside. I familiarized with my camera a lot and I like the outdoors; but I live smack in the middle of Illinois. That means, they are not many (if any at all) great landscapes to shoot in a short radius. So, with more experience under my belt I moved over to portraits and street photography. While walking around the streets you have a chance to shoot all kinds of architecture at the same time you are doing your street photography, so I take advantage of that opportunity. Still, my main interest is portraits. I do have a hard time finding models, as they are not that many here as if you were living in one of the bigger fast paced cities. HDR is the latest expansion of my work, getting the exposures right, merging them and creating such vibrant and exotic results allows me to play and create. Photography is amazing.
What types of feedback have you had towards your work? In General and on G+?
It’s amazing what G+ has done for me as a source for feedback, a source for getting in touch with other great photographers and a source for learning more and more. The feedback here on G+ is just amazing. You get some reviews and suggestions from great photographers in the business and realize that they enjoy your work. That says a lot about all the effort you put into every shot. Before G+ the feedback on other sites had been random and far in between, not very helpful.
Name 1 or 2 other photographers on G+ that you feel deserve to get interviewed… as in their work personally moves you but you do not think anyone might know about them.
Brent, that is a tough one. I certainly want to mention my buddy and friend +Ariston Collander. I know he was in one of your previous interviews but the guy is amazing. That said, you should definitely check out +Olav Folland he is one of the funniest guys in G+. At the same time smart and creative. Olav and his wife Kat will keep you busy. Also +mel peifer has some good stuff to share with the G+ community.
Where can we find out more about you and your work…. and do you do other things other than photography you want to mention?
I am a computer systems engineer so my main job is web and software development… I have been doing that and working in many other areas in IT since I graduated from the University. I am also a technical translator as I am fluent in Spanish and good with Portuguese also.
As of my online presence I have a webpage that I am still updating but you can find some of my work there:
www.ricardowilliams.com/photography you can find more about me here:
I’m also on 500px, www.500px.com/biggaboss and on jpgmag www.jpgmag.com/people/biggaboss
You can follow me on twitter www.twitter.com/biggaboss and also on facebook
And of course on G+ http://gplus.to/biggaboss
Thanks Brent and keep up this great idea!
See the last #circleof1 Interviews:
+Ariston Collander – https://plus.google.com/u/0/108542426628002931624/posts/STZNRC1A9Jd
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holy eff. mouth dropped thank you so much +Ricardo Williams!
Thanks for sharing this +Brent Burzycki .
I'm happy to add +Ricardo Williams to my circles. After all he is in Bloomington, IL, where I lived before moving to Oregon.
How cool is this! And I can say I knew +Ricardo Williams when… 🙂
+Ricardo Williams – dude. I am seriously humbled. Your portraits of both others, and yourself seriously rock.
And I don't know if I've said before, but I love this series +Brent Burzycki. So many kick-ass photographers on G+ that it's hard to get to know them all.
Great interview! Circled +Ariston Collander!
+Ricardo Williams Thanks for the mention my friend!
+Jenness Dory Asby And thank you for the circle 🙂
+Brent Burzycki Great interview and thanks for sharing.
+Ricardo Williams Wonderful info! I had you in my circles but I am reworking them.
+Olav Folland is one of my favorites. You are right about Kat and him.
Have a great day and weekend all!
Oops plus +Ariston Collander I just found you and your beautiful work from all this. Thanks! I just added you! Yea me! 🙂
+April Gamel Thanks for the add!
Thank you everyone for your great words. +Olav Folland thanks for your words… No problem about the mention man.. you are a great community member and person.
+Ariston Collander No problem your work is great and more ppl should know about it.
+Brent Burzycki thanks for the series and for taking the time to put it all together and interview me about my work. That's just great! I really appreciate it.
+April Gamel when you re-organize your circles…I hope I am in the kick-ass photographers one :]
+Tom Tran Thank you man… yea I remember back then… when….. yea…. it was a Sunday… 🙂
+Jenness Dory Asby Thanks..
+mel peifer No problem…. you are good at what you do, fun and a dakini!! 🙂
+Craig Pifer Thanks for the add…
Hope everyone keeps enjoying the work I put up and thanks to all others who shared this post and are circling.
Great to see your interview +Ricardo Williams, you certainly deserve it 🙂 And thanks +Brent Burzycki for taking the time to do it!