Looks like I will be hitting 30k followers today so it is time to continue to give back by bringing you an interview withanother opinionated fellow G+ user like myself….not afraid to say it how he feels it…
Get to know more about him below – he speaks what most of us can relate too:
What types of photography do you shoot?
I have a love for beauty and nature, and my choice of subjects derives from that.
If I'm shooting nature, it's likely to be either close up vignettes or ultra-wide angle landscapes and panoramas.
If I'm shooting people, it's likely to be in their natural environment (sometimes a hotel room is a natural environment for a human)–never against a paper backdrop or anything like that.
Why did you become a photographer?
When I was a kid, I recall being struck by the beauty of nature–a sky full of magnificent but ephemeral clouds. I yearned to capture that beauty and hold onto it. Also, being nearsighted but not yet having corrective lenses, photographs of distant subjects had the amazing property of having (to my eyes anyway) far more clarity than reality. I spent days sitting cross-legged on the library floor reading every single book they had on photography until I felt I had mastered it. So I guess the answer to the question is that I felt compelled to.
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 make a little money from licensing images. I don't find the life of pro photographers to be particularly glamorous. Certainly, nobody wants to have all their actions dictated to them. Breaking into the fine-art world seems a more desirable goal, but even there success is often dictated by fads and other random external forces. I would be thrilled to be able to make a living by making the images I want to make–I just don't think it's very likely.
I see you are shooting a little bit of everything, are you still trying to pick a single style or are you totally open to shooting all kinds of work and also are you looking to branch out to other styles?
I'm definitely open to trying new things. Although my subject matter varies, I think my style is pretty stable. I'm interested in doing more long exposure and composite images in the future and, also, more fashion and glamour.
What types of feedback have you had towards your work? In General and on G+?
In general, very good. Of course, it's always a challenge to actually get people to give feedback online (unless they hate something–in that case, just try stopping them). I've had much more success in getting feedback on G+.
Why do you like G+ to showcase yourself and your work?
I like the level of interaction and the strong sense of community between creators. Images that are enhanced by some back-story or explanation are certainly better presented on G+ than 500px or flickr. It also has, and this is both a pro and a con, this component of time pressure where images are quickly forgotten after they are posted unless they reach some critical mass of comments. As a pro, it encourages people to post often rather than just dumping a ton of images into an album once. As a con, if you're not sitting in front of G+ within five minutes of someone posting an image, chances are you'll never see it.
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..
Hmm. That's a hard one, most of the photographers on G+ that I really admire already have more than 10,000 followers. I'm sure there are many, many great photographers on G+ with less than 1,000 followers, but I'm just as likely not to have heard of them as everybody else is. But since you insist, how about:
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 do LOTS of other things than photography–but I probably shouldn't mention them all.
I'm currently working on writing a novel (it's so close I can taste it).
I'm also a free-software developer, my most notable projects being the Non music production trio: http://non.tuxfamily.net
Thanks for taking the time and giving some incite to yourself and your photography…
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