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Leentje Schoofs, 27 years young, always needed something creative in her life in order to feel happy. When she was 5, she began to play the violin, at the age of 8 she also learned how to play the piano. She also took drawing classes. Many years later, after finishing university with both violin and piano degrees, she found a new way to express her creativity, hiding behind her camera. She takes pictures during the day, and looks at them at night.

www.leentjeloveslight.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

In 2007 I planned a 3 month trip to Australia. That was when I bought my first bridge camera. I learned how to play with shutter speed, diafragma and iso values. One and a half year later, I purchased my first DSLR, and never stopped taking pictures.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I began with a 1000D, back in 2009. I used this camera until March this year. Then, the time was right to upgrade to a Canon 5DmarkII, which I use with the 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.8 and 24-70 f/2.8 L. I also frequently use a 5 in 1 reflector, and, only when necessary, a speedlite 580 EXII. I’m in love with natural light.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Dreams, fairy tales and nightmares. Butterflies and flowers. I have so many fairytale concepts in my head, which I really want to capture one day. I always write them down. The title of the concept is enough for me to remember the images in my head.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I really try to make time for my personal work. Once every few weeks I try to do personal work, where I always search the right model and makeup artist for. This personal work is a series of images which are very detailed in my head. It’s sometimes a little bit hard to describe and explain to the other members of the team which particular image I have in mind, but so far, I always managed to get the sort of picture series I really wanted.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

I get the most satisfaction shooting personal conceptual portraiture work, but I also love to shoot weddings, because all those happy faces make me fly through the day, although all my gear sometimes is so heavy to carry with me 🙂

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I was published twice in a Dutch Photography Magazine. I’m always trying to get noticed on several online photography platforms, and got a few online publications as well, but so far, no big shows or events for me… yet. But I’m positive.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

My photography is unique in its own style I think. I don’t shoot ‘normal portraits’, but always try to include some surreal, dreamy concept in my work. Of course, a lot of post processing is involved in my style of photography. Every image is edited in my particular color pallet (hence my love for green-blue colors), which makes it very recognizable. I also work with a lot of brushes and textures in post processing, which is the best for adding these little details in the picture.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

I don’t search too far. Here in Belgium we have a young but very talented young singer, Selah Sue. Her appearance is so charming, and her songs so beautiful… I sent an email to her management team, but no response so far, haha. I keep on trying, though 🙂

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I would love to have the possibility to work with top models and makeup artists in a natural setting like the desert at sunset, a dangerous mountain in the snow or on a yacht next to some beautiful coastlines. Dreams like that…

what’s your post production process?

I usually load all pictures in Lightroom, where I give a score to the best pictures. Then I do some basic processing in LR, color enhancements, split toning, vignetting, cropping… When the photo needs additional touch-up or adding textures or brushes, I load them into Photoshop. In photoshop, I usually use the curves, levels, and the other color tools, I use tools to soften skin, I work with different layers to make the eyes pop, and I also use the gradient tool quite a lot.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I already have the camera I want, I don’t need another one. I only dream of some more lenses, like the 70-200L II, the 85mm f/1.2L and some more prime lenses… so I am saving my money….

who are your favorite photographers and why?

For landscape photography: Jorinde van Ringen. Her use of ND filters to shoot long exposures is amazing. For conceptual photography: Rosie Hardy, Kane Longden, Brooke Shaden
For art and conceptual dreamy photography: definitely the Belgian Selina de Maeyer. All, young people with a great sense for creativity!

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far?

A couple of months ago I was searching for models. The months before, I just asked a friend to model for me, but I wanted to contact some semi-professional models. I sent emails to multiple girls, with the question if they wanted to work with me to expand our portfolios. I also asked Steffi de Greve (a beautiful Belgian model). She didn’t answer, probably because my portfolio wasn’t yet good enough. A couple of months later, she contacted me. I was euphoric, we did a shoot, and that was the best shoot I’ve done so far!
Also, a friend of me asked to shoot her wedding. I told her ‘beware, I’ve never shot a wedding before’. She had faith in me, and began to create a lot of publicity for me on a Belgian wedding forum. Thanks to her, my summer and already a part of next year’s summer is fully booked with weddings!

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

I learned photography all by myself. Trial and error. I was the model for myself, I started a self portrait challenge (365 project), and made a picture of myself every single day, 170 days in a row. Then I was sick of making pictures of myself.
But I knew my camera, I learned a lot about post processing as well. And I felt confident enough to photograph not only myself, but also models. So… practice practice practice. If you don’t want to take self portraits, then go out as an assistant or student with a (semi)pro photographer. Use your eyes and constantly ask questions. That’s the best way to learn photography in my opinion.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

I’m a big fan of music, all kinds, but usually, when I edit pictures, I need silence. I also need to switch off Safari (Internet), cause I’m constantly distracted. My favorite music artists right now are Selah Sue, Arsenal, Absynth Minded (All Belgian btw), but also Robyn, and some other poppy-dance artists.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

In my free time, I love to sport (running, cycling, watersports), or walk in the fields, drink something in town… I really like to be outdoors. Always.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

When I do a personal portfolio shoot, I always take all kind of pastries and sweet cookies for the team. I’m not such a big eater. I can shoot for hours without feeling hungry at all. But after a shoot, I only want junkfoooooooooooood…

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

This is a shot from my most recent portfolio shoot “the girl who lived in her dreams” with the Belgian blond goddess 😉 Steffi de Greve. It was a concept I had in my mind for ages. She was the perfect model for this shoot. Sweet and innocent. But she can really handle all types of shoots!

your favorite photo by another photographer?

As I am a big fan of the Belgian photographer Selina De Maeyer, I think this is one of her best shots:

©Selina De Maeyer


I really adore her sense for creativity. It’s like she is constantly dreaming. And her talent for post processing is beyond unbelievable. I admire her work so much I can stare for minutes to one single photo.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, it has even become bigger. It only lacks time now to accomplish my dream photography concepts, but sometimes, the passion for photography (doing my personal work) has priority on earning money with commissioned work. Like that, I have joy, every time I hold my camera…

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Even when shooting, I like to be dressed girly… an easy dress with little pockets (for all my little stuff like a lens cap or spare battery or CF card), with a legging, and ballerinas. On the other hand, if you ask a model to do not-so-easy-things, like, going into a muddy pool, sit unbalanced on a tree, stuff like that, I feel that you, as a photographer always have to demonstrate yourself. I’ve gone into muddy pools, knee deep, climbed into trees, almost lost a flipflop in a river, because I want my models to feel appreciated. That being said…I always keep spare clothes in my car 🙂

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

i’m not a nerd at all I think. But no camera gangsta either… just a canoncameragirl 🙂

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

I’m a very dangerous scorpio!

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

I like to give talented photography beginners a chance. I would like to know more from Bella Kotak. She is a young English (I think) girl, who’s work inspires me a lot as well! Too much talent in the world 🙂




©LeentjeSchoofs

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©Dee Hill

Sherry Muldoon of Dreamfocus Studio is a freelance photographer and graphic designer in Dallas, Texas. She currently shoots commercial, portrait, events and weddings on location or in studio. Her current assignments include art direction for Combined Scientific Staffing. Sherry specializes in children and events. She also teaches the occasional “Photography Experience” workshop as well as one-on-one sessions.

www.dreamfocusstudio.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I had always observed and loved photography. About 6 years ago, a friend of mine gave me an old Minolta film camera and I went crazy!! Someone gave me permission to create and the passion was ignited.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 50D, 50mm 1.8 lens, 28-105mm, and 18-55 mm…..I’m a chronic lens changer.
I still haven’t found the perfect all-in-one lens…. If someone has a recommendation, I welcome it. 🙂

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

God…which pretty much sums up EVERYTHING. Everything inspires me: the beautiful, the ugly, nature, light, design, the abstract, the innocent, etc.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Absolutely!! It was worse a year ago before I started free-lancing. I was working 60 hours a week as manager of a portrait studio which completely drained my passion for photography. I hardly shot any personal work for an entire year. I learned through that process why I chose photography as a profession and to never burn out on it. Working for myself has enabled me to provide more balance for myself and shoot more of the things that I love.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

Child portraiture. I love the innocence that kiddos bring to the camera. They are not tainted yet with worldly concerns and self-consciousness like us adults. When I’m capturing children, I truly feel like I’m capturing a soul’s complete self.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I’ve just finished my summer workshop schedule at Dreamfocus Studio. The “Photography Experience” is a series of workshops that I developed a year ago out of my frustration with certain photography instructors. I noticed that unfortunately some photographers develop these incredible egos that do not serve them. Then they try to teach the art of photography but end up keeping “secrets” about techniques for fear that their students may surpass them. Also visual people need to learn in visual ways. Therefore, I try to relay technical aspects in terms that an artist would understand. There’s more information on my website.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I love unexpected moments and messages. Photography to me is more like experiencing signs that the Universe is trying to tell me. I’m try to have my signal open at all times.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Jesus …. I would be curious to see how the light would fall on Him.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Going anywhere that I haven’t been before…..

what’s your post production process?

I use Lightroom for my initial narrow down process and minor fixes. For more detailed editing, I go straight to Photoshop. I love Photoshop almost as much as I love photography…

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’m still searching for that perfect lens. But, it would be really cool to have an underwater housing unit too.

who are your favorite photographers?

Sally Mann for reality and Lara Jade for the dream…

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

A few years ago I told myself that I would never want to be a free-lance photographer. I didn’t realize at the time that I was speaking out of fear. I did not want to “struggle” in what I felt was a saturated industry. After burning out at my studio job, a friend of mine called me to ask if I wanted to share studio space with her. The deal was so good, I knew that it was a sign from the Universe. All of a sudden, people started calling to hire me for events and photo gigs. I accepted the calling and am so glad I did. My life is so rewarding now that I can do what I love and serve others doing it.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

Do not get into this business unless you are truly passionate about it! I’ve trained a lot of young photographers and noticed two types: those who liked the “idea” of being a photographer and those who were completely obsessed. I can always spot the latter. They were the ones who would be in the studio trying different things and constantly pushing themselves to succeed. The former would whine and complain that there was nothing to do. If you have a camera, even if it is a simple point-and-shoot, you have a way to express yourself. So keep shooting!! And for God’s sake, get off of automatic modes and use your camera’s full potential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

I love listening to Iron & Wine or Something in the Wheel.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Bananas, great potassium for sore legs and fingers.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


This image was pure accident for me and speaks to me about my personal journey. Six years ago I was spending a lot of time in places like this (under bridges) but, not for the sake of art. When I shot this image, I had just gotten married. Then I noticed the shoes hanging from the telephone wire and three figures walking out from behind the bridge. I was able to capture all of it in one frame. The photo represents the life that I left behind. This is how the Universe speaks to me through photography.

your favorite photo by another photographer?


This light and colors in this image by Lara Jade just make me completely happy.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

Yes…it is always changing. That is what I love so much about it. In the beginning, it was just about preserving a moment in time. Now, I look for Spirit in imagery. I’m constantly changing myself with new concepts and techniques. I will never “arrive”, so to speak, in this art form and I love that!

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

total nerd

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

Sagittarius but, I may be the new sign now….:(

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Carolyn Collins




©SherryMuldoon

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Matt Hawthorne is a Dallas based photographer specializing in action sports, fashion, lifestyle, and portraiture. Classically trained in fine art photography using large format cameras and film, he is always pushing his skills in the world of advertising. Shooting action sports, fashion, and large advertising jobs with full studio lighting in and out of studio with a full digital workflow, has lead him to regular work with clients such as Neiman Marcus, JC Penney, & Life Time Fitness.

WWW.MATTHAWTHORNE.COM
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When and how did you become interested in Photography?



I was a Radio TV Film major in school, and also a sponsored skateboarder. My sponsors were always asking for images of myself, skating, for promotional purposes; so I asked my dad to show me how to use his old Olympus manual 35mm camera. I would set up the composition on a tripod and have a buddy snap the shot when I was in the air. Eventually, this led to adding a fill flash to illuminate shadows on my face. The next thing I knew, I had four canon flashes on radio slaves and was changing my major to photography.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?



I mainly shoot with the Canon 5D Mark II; but if a job requires larger files, I use the Hasselblad H3. I also have my photo assistants shoot behind the scenes video with another 5d Mark II. Lighting is primarily Profoto gear.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?



Innovation and style; whether that comes from a photograph in a magazine, a trick from a skateboarder on a video, an amazing painting by a new artist, architecture, design, or a fresh take on fashion. I try to get inspired by the things I shoot, rather than by the way someone else shot them.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?



I have been fortunate enough to make a career out of my favorite hobby. My schedule does get crazy, but luckily most the jobs I’m shooting are exactly the type of photography I want to be doing anyway. The jobs I shoot, do provide me with many portfolio images, as every job is shot in a way to do so. With that said, there are always shoots I want to organize for myself and the time just has to be made for them to happen.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?



I enjoy commercial work the best because I love collaborating with stylist, hair and make up artists and producers; to take the quality of the image a step further than I could achieve myself. Sports photography is probably my favorite, with fashion, trailing close behind. I have a basic love for shooting people.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?



I have a close connection and interest to the skateboarding, urban sports, and street-fashion culture, which helps me understand what is popular and current, in those industries. Clients trust my opinion and direction due to my ability to relate in that way.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?



That’s a tough question, but it would have to be either the Beastie Boys, artist Barry McGee, or Sade!

what’s your dream photo field trip?




Shooting fashion in Rome, I visited there a couple years ago, and the textures and architecture are amazing.

what’s your post production process?



I do handle all retouching myself. I feel like there are three steps to an image and all are very important. The conception of an idea, creating the image in camera with lighting and production, and enhancing / retouching in post. The final step in post is crucial, because that is where I can spend time to finesse and complete the exact, final image, I had envisioned in pre production. Every image is different; but most of the time it is just a matter of fine-tuning, enhancing, color treating and cleaning things up. When it gets tricky is when we have to change sky or backgrounds, move models completely from another frame or compositing.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?




Unlimited Polaroid film for my Polaroid SLR 680, no doubt!

who are your favorite photographers and why?




Well, this list is constantly changing; but Richard Avedon caught my eye first, with his talent in shooting portraits but his fashion and commercial work are amazing as well. My favorite shooters tend to not be commercial shooters, instead I find myself following more fine art shooters, such as: Todd Hido, Sze Tsung Leong, Cedric Delsaux, Julius Shulman, Raymond Meeks, Edward Burtynsky and Chuck Close. Some commercial shooters that inspire me are Carlos Serrao, Steven Lippman, Troyt Coburn, Gray Scott and Tim Tadder. All of these are incredible shooters!

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)



One shoot that has gotten me a lot of attention was for a Dallas shopping center called Mockingbird Station. I’ve done a couple fashion campaigns for them in which they have run several billboards, ads everywhere, and a huge parking garage size billboard, on the freeway. I drive past it on my route to the studio and am amazed at it everyday. It’s pretty cool to see your photograph 6 stories tall, on the freeway!

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?



Assist photographers who shoot what you are interested in and PAY ATTENTION! Don’t get lazy because that’s when you will fall behind. Keep shooting, constantly! Then, once your book is ready, have postcards made and mail them to everyone you know!

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?



I always say that my ipod / boombox is the second most important thing to my camera, at a shoot. Music gets everyone in the right mood or to a comfortable place where they can open up and relax in front of the camera. When it’s quiet, everyone feels the tension. On set, I’m a hip hop kinda guy, or at least something with a good beat like RATATAT or M.I.A. that keeps good energy during a shot. While editing, I listen to something more chill, like Local Natives or Milosh.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?




My wife and I just bought and fully remodeled a home, so at the moment my favorite hang is at the house, everything there is exactly right! Plus, my wife is about to give birth to our first baby so it’s great spending time with her!

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?




Hmm, I don’t eat much during a shoot, I think my adrenaline just keeps me going. But Sunkist is always on set.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots? why is this your fave?





This was shot for Life Time Fitness, from a triathlon triptych. I’m not sure it’s my favorite, I love so many, but this is one I’m really proud of. I tested, freezing action lighting, prior to the shoot, then shot on location with no compositing, had a set with lights in the water and tow-able generators, all within a half day’s production. This shot was incredibly involved and difficult to accomplish, but we nailed it exactly as I’d envisioned! Lots of planning, brainstorming, and testing went into this shot, for sure!

your favorite photo by another photographer?


Are you kidding, that’s a hard one! Well, I’ll have to default to an Avedon photo, from his American West series because these images are what inspired me to push from action skateboarding to studio portraiture, which then led to the commercial look I have now. The Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth was a couple miles from my college, so having these images on display for me to see in person, whenever I wanted, was a huge inspiration. And I love the story behind the “Bee Man”.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?




I wouldn’t say my passion has changed, but expectations for myself change constantly. Also, I always heard from commercial shooters that being a professional photographer is 10% creating imagery and 90% business and production. I can say that’s pretty accurate, but having a good rep and producer can help to make that not so extreme.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?



I wouldn’t call it my good luck charm at all, but my ipod / boombox is probably the closest thing to one, I don’t leave the studio without it!

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?



Hmm, I’ll pick Gangsta and leave the “Photography Nerd” title to my digital tech David who keeps me up and running! The Gangsta title also fits cause of the Hip Hop constantly blasting on set!

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)


I don’t even know, that might say something… August.

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Carlos Serrao




©MattHawthorne

If you are a photographer and would like to be featured as a future/potential Art Star on our blog, email us!
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After bouncing around the United States interning in the photography department of various media organizations, Tim Hussin has embarked with his brother, Noah on a personal project that is all consuming: biking across the United States shooting short films about communities that are re-localizing culture and economy in innovative ways. They publish their stories at www.americarecycled.org. The project itself reflects the ideals of the communities they are documenting, avoiding corporate sponsorship and advertising. Traveling on recycled bicycles, the brothers immerse themselves in the lives of their subjects, often living with them for the duration of the process. By straddling the line between observers and participants, the brothers act as a personal connection to their audience. They hope to offer a more intimate and honest portrayal of the communities that embrace them.

www.americarecycled.org
http://americarecycled.tumblr.com/

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

Ever since I was little I would have a cheap camera whenever my family would go on vacations. When my grandfather passed away he gave his SLR film camera to my sister, who eventually gave it to me. I photographed trees, plants and mushrooms with strange colored filters until I became interested in photographing and learning more about people. I studied journalism at the University of Florida, where I started working for the student newspaper. I was very proactive about it and climbed a ladder of sorts until I won the College Photographer of the Year contest run by the University of Missouri and was awarded an internship at National Geographic Magazine. Although very grateful for the support and nurturing from editors and photographers along the way, I became somewhat disillusioned by certain aspects of the photo industry and decided I needed to do my own project, free of direct external influence.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I use a Canon 5d MII and prime lenses.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Music

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I only do personal work. I do get a rare paying gig here or there, but it doesn’t distract me at all from what I’m working toward.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Documentary

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I’d love for people to follow along on our Web site, www.americarecycled.org. We post the stories as we complete them and post photos very frequently on our Tumblr blog: http://americarecycled.tumblr.com/

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

It’s very hard for me to pinpoint my style, as it would be easier for someone else to do that. But, I do think my work is a bit different though because it is generally romantic and uplifting. I tend to look at the beauty in things and the subtleties in life. For my current project, I am spending a significant amount of time with people so I hope for the images and stories we tell to be more intimate and sensitive than quick assignment work can offer.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

I’d like to go back in time to last Halloween and photograph my friends who got into a gym sauna in parts of their costume. I was there but didn’t have my camera. The image that’s burned into my mind that I don’t have on film is my friend Rob showering in a corner with spotted tiles with sparkly green short shorts and a bear jaw gold necklace around his neck.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I think I’m doing it…

what’s your post production process?

It’s very long and somewhat complicated. Since we are producing films, there is a lot of transcription, organization and video/photo processing. We create a script that the film is based off of from the interviews we gather then fill in the visuals. So, there is a lot of work to be done before we even start with editing in Final Cut Pro.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I don’t value money, and I’m not a gear head. I’m fine with what I have and have always worked with the resources available to me. Great images can be made with cheap cameras. It’s more about the sensibilities and ideas of the visual artist.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

Although sometimes inevitable, I try not to idolize photographers as I don’t think that’s the purpose of what we do, especially in the documentary field. The photographers I respect most don’t care about that and approach their life and work as a compassionate person first and foremost. I enjoy those that are not part of the hustle and shoot because they love to.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

The one that most people are impressed with is my internship at National Geographic Magazine. I was very fortunate and lucky to be awarded this and am extremely grateful. My life before that has been a gradual rise from small newspapers, to larger ones, to one of the best. One of the greatest things I learned about during those years of my life is that I shouldn’t value prestige, but should care more about living my life first and becoming a more complete, happy, inspired person. The big name clients, awards and the respect that comes from that may or may not come, but it’s useless to definite your life in those terms. As a photographer I respect, Danny Wilcox Frazier, told me once, “Live your life first, the rest will come.”

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

As everyone says, find stories in your own backyard. Those are the ones that you understand best and you can tell in the most intimate and interesting way. Find what inspires you and makes you want to carry on in this life and consider photographing that. Start there and then branch out.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Right now, probably Bob Dylan, even though I’m listening to Grizzly Bear. But it changes daily, maybe hourly. During this project, we’ve been recording musicians in the communities we visit to provide the soundtracks to our films. I’m very inspired by their music, which you can listen to here: http://www.americarecycled.org/music/

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

High up in a tree, or in a swimming hole

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Bagels…Brilliant capture for me? I just keep shooting.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots? why is this your fave?

My favorite photo is usually the last decent one I took. This one is after my brother and I stayed up all night brainstorming the story we are going to tell in New Orleans. We went outside to our backyard and found some folks who were hanging out on top of the stage who were on a cross country road trip. The sun was rising and everyone was in a good mood.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

There are so many photos I enjoy that I can’t say I have a favorite. But a body of work that just popped into my head is Wonderland by Jason Eskenazi. This photo is great:

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

My passion for photography is always evolving and changing. I’m always learning what my role is in the stories I tell and am learning about what affect my pictures have on people as well as myself. This is a life-long process.

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

Leo

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Mike Belleme or Noah Rabinowitz




©TimHussin

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Mark Sink has been making a living from fine art photography since 1978. He is well known for his imagery made with a toy plastic camera; the Diana. He excels at reverse technology, using collodion wet plate photography. His personal work is in numerous museum collections as well as solo and group gallery shows in the US, South America and Europe. He is currently represented by G. Ray Hawkins in California, Robin Rice in New York and Rule Gallery in Denver. As a photographer of fine art he worked with and documented noted artists lives and their work such as Andy Warhol and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Mark’s family heritage in photography runs deep and his research into his roots is ongoing . His great grandfather, photographer James L. Breese, was the founder, member and primary inspiration for the Camera Club of New York, which was one of the earliest groupings of fine art photographers in America. Even further back, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, (Breese’s uncle), was “the father of American photography” and inventor of the telegraph. It is with this legacy in mind that prompted Sink to form a monthly Salon of artists both on the Internet and in his living room.

Currently Mark serves on the exhibition committee at RedLine, a downtown city block of new gallery/multimedia studio work spaces that provides grants to selected emerging and mid career artists and exhibitions. Mr. Sink is founder and director of MOP (Month of Photography) in Denver, bi-annually coordinating all the regional galleries, museums and art spaces geared toward celebrating photography in mass.

www.gallerysink.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

Gosh .. started as a kid, i shot more than most kids with my Kodak Instamatic…then while studying art in college, it stuck as a career.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

1860s Voigtlander lens and view camera .. vintage Dianas..Blad.. Pinhole ..Fuji Instant films .. Nikon D3 .. iPhone

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Beauty … Woman.
As for people that inspired me ..It changes day to day .. Andy Warhol is a constant .. and ManRay .. but recently i am heading into collage so i am getting myself up to speed studying collage artists, buying lots of books and learning where the medium is at today.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I am very lucky to make a frugal living off of my personal art work. I take on commercial jobs time to time to pay the bills. I always tell students to make money from anything but photography .. be careful as soon as you turn what you freely passionately love into commercial jobs… it will burn you and your art production out…promise.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

Portraits and staged fantasy.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I am doing lots of street art (wheat pasting) around town… and trading with photographers all over the world actually ..We have bill boards up in Switzerland .. i have street art work up in Russia, Japan, Germany ..on and on….its great fun.. you can check it out on my facebook page… its called the “Big Picture” and we are going to be publishing a book on it.
or click this link to the google map to find the locations of where the work is installed…
I’m crazy for street art these days. Its very exciting to see your work up around town in public places many last for years. The community really enjoys it. Its win win. I will be having a show at Robin Rice Gallery in NYC this fall/winter…
I just had a dozen or so shows come down from the Month of Photography last March .. I will be doing this again in March of 2013 and photographers should keep an eye out for this happening, because galleries go crazy looking for work ..its a great time to get your work up on some walls and shown in a gallery.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

Going reverse tech when everyone is going for more mega pixels..I used only toy Diana cameras for 30 years (dreamy figure and staged fantasy) .. but now that the Lomography heads have surfaced and the Diana is very popular with Urban Outfitters and all that .. i have moved on to collodion wet plates, however, now that is becoming the rage ..so who knows… I may go further back to tracing images with a camera obscura maybe? .. I am starting to get into hand cut collage from old magazines.. it evolves.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Rachel Ruysch (1600s) Evelyn Nesbit (1800s) …Kiki of Montparnasse ( 1920s) Marlyn Monroe (1950s ) Francesca Woodman (1970s). Today? a week with a cool happy hippie down to earth super model would be dreamy. I am inspired by the muses and strong women who have changed art history.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Paris, London, Venice with local friends showing you hidden treasures.

what’s your post production process?

I do very little post production. I like to get it right in the camera. The more post production one does the more fake it becomes. I scan everything and store it chronologically.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

Probably a Nikon D3x to play with for fun and commercial and filming… For my art more 1860s Wetplate cameras and lenses..I love the old medium format Rolli’s i got from my dad .. I use my great grandfather’s cameras everyday.. I have enough cameras and equipment to hand down to my children’s children’s children. Which by the way none of the beautiful timeless equipment that lasts forever will be digital… digital equipment has a very very short life span, one will not hand down digital cameras … but I believe that the camera really doesn’t matter because it’s the concept that counts..

who are your favorite photographers and why?

ManRay .. Warhol, John Baldessari, Rodchenko..Josef Sudek… they were fine artists.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Probably meeting Warhol. Or getting my first show in NYC gave me belief in myself and work.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

Get involved with a photography community. Start a Salon. Enter competitions like critical mass… The things closest to you are the most rewarding. Shoot every day ..shoot everything..make a piece of art with idle hands ..think of everything you do as art …think of a painter who works on his canvas every day work on your images passionately like that . Most importantly do it for the love of doing it first not for the money. Always have a generous heart. I believe in karma payback.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Right now i am listening to Paper Bird..we have been photographing them. I’ll usually shuffle a wide range from death metal to juno… i love female vocalists.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

In my everything bed/office/dinner table/tv /love making/work station (bedroom)…. where i am typing now with my puppy, kitties and girlfriend around me.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Z Cuisine is a French bistro on the corner that trades me amazing organic meals for art… or my favorite amazing Mexican taco stand where you have to speak Spanish to order.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots? why is this your fave?

Nymphs #1 Nudes stacked, Limited edition Silver Print Made with the Diana Camera, Created 1998,Modified, 1/17/06 Negative drum scanned , Photoshop CS Denver Co. US


Nymphs of the Danube (it started my Greek tragedy staged series) and recent Ambrotype images on blue glass.
Maria (below) I shot yesterday.

Maria blue glass ©MarkSink

your favorite photo by another photographer?

Hmmm that’s so difficult.. it changes day to day … hour by hour .. minute by minute.
Today we found out model Nettie R Harris is coming to visit and she was just photographed by Ryan McGinley – I love the image of Nettie with the hawk.

Nettie ©Ryan Mcginley


Probably my more long term fave is Gertrude Käsebier’s photo of Evelyn Nesbit…

Nesbit ©Kasebier


…next minute it will be another. It all depends on the mood I’m in.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

I am happy to say my passion and search is still high. I gauge it by the dancing in the darkroom. The excitement that rushes over you when a great image appears… i start dancing and singing.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

My comfy Clark shoes.. with wetplate i have a rubber glove on all the time. The neighbors wonder whats going on.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

photo nerd …gangsta when i get a few drinks in me.

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

Aquarius on the cusp with Capricorn

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Someone on the other side of the world.


Shannon above Lani Nymph Series 1998 Denver, CO. USA



©MarkSink

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Alex Welsh is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His interest in photography lies in its ability to examine longstanding systemic problems in society and establish a dialogue with audiences to confront those issues. His clients include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Fader, Businessweek, Nike, FYLP Media and The Oakland Tribune.

alexwelshphoto.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

I became interested in photojournalism when I went to see Sebastio Salgado speak at Berkley about his work on Famine in the Sahel. At the time I was a History major in college, but I was drawn to photojournalism as a way to be on the front line of the world’s contemporary social issues

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I really only shoot with a Canon 5d, I used to shoot some film but have lost interest in doing so. Don’t hate.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

I don’t really have a number one source of inspiration, there are so many great documentary photographers whose work I love, but also my family and friends, hip hop, my bike, public radio, people I meet through my work, movies, anything really.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

No.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

Documentary.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t really know if I have a unique style, and in terms of the work itself I’m not really sure what makes it unique yet, I think that is something I am constantly trying to figure out. The struggle with documentary work is to tell a new story within the framework of a story that has already been told a million ways.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My mom used to sing opera, I would love to go back in time and photograph her in her 20’s when was singing. Although I think she sees it as another lifetime, hearing her stories about when she was my age is deeply inspiring in a way nothing else can be.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I just had a really good one visiting San Francisco for a month. Can’t be beat.

what’s your post production process?

Not much, just put them on my computer and do some light toning. Boom baby.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

One that I could live in rent free forever.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

I go through phases, right now I love Peter Van Agtmael, Malick Sidibe, Eli Reed and Justin Maxon.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far?

I don’t really have one shining moment, I cared about my work in Hunters Point very much, it changed my life in many ways, so I would say that has been my favorite so far.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

I think the best advice I received was that great photography isn’t really about photography at all.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

I listen to a lot of rap and hip-hop. There. I said it.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

Working or not working, a dance party.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

I’m a fan of eating while I take pictures.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

This is one of my favorite shots because it was just a really great dance party. It was in the Westpoint projects at the reception of a young man who was killed. Some of the kids were playing music out of the car, a song came on, and spontaneously everyone started dancing. I remember being really happy when I took the picture.

Hunters Point, 'We Out Here'

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I love this photo by Christian Hansen, I think its fantastically dreamlike and surreal, and I think Christian is one of the only contemporary photographers who has the ability to communicate in this way.

©ChristianHansen

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

I don’t think its really changed, I think my approach has become more realistic. I also don’t know if I would consider myself a ‘pro’

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I have a lucky camera strap, if I lost my camera, I would be more bummed on losing the strap.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

I can’t psychoanalyze myself that deeply.

what’s your sign?

Leo

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Bryan Derballa

A child watches as the playground at the Alice Griffith 'Double Rock' projects burns to the ground after being set on fire. Although it his highly suspected that the arson was done by young residents of the projects, police never discovered the culprit. Double Rock is slated for redevelopment in 2011, and residents must stay in 'good standing' with the housing authority and the developer Lennar to be eligible for a unit in the new development.Hunters Point is the last predominantly African-American neighborhood in San Francisco. Out of all major cities in the United States, San Francisco is currently experiencing the fastest out-migration of African-Americans; who currently make up only 6 percent of the population compared to 14 percent in the past several decades. With the Mayor and the Housing Authority fast-tracking the 'revitalization' of the southeastern neighborhood of the city, the remaining poor living in the public housing sprawls on the bay may see a community they have lived in for the past 60 years become too expensive for them to stay in.At the heart of gentrification, Hunters Point is plagued with many of the same issues as poor black communities all over the United States. This project not only examines issues such as violence, poverty, and criminalization, but also the strength, perseverance, and hope of the youth in the neighborhood.


Speedy, a young man from the Oakdale projects, admires his chain in the afternoon light while sitting in a van with his friends on Navy Road. In 2007, the city of San Francisco created its first ever gang injunction against the 'Oakdale Mob,' listing over 20 young men allegedly involved in gang activity on the block. Today, most of the kids on the block, like Speedy, are under the age of 18, many of who don't live there anymore but come to see their friends.



©AlexWelsh

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Nick Pironio (1982) is a fine art documentary photographer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to arriving in North Carolina, he worked as a photographer at the Hanover Evening Sun, The Monroe Evening News and the Fayetteville Observer. After his time at the Observer, Nick had a short stint as the photographer for the John Edwards Presidential Campaign. Since then Nick has worked on projects such as documenting a developing denim company, Raleigh Denim and a series of Urban Chicken portraits.

www.pironio.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

When I was a senior in high school one of my best friends got me a job at a camera shop and I was allowed to take home and use any camera in the shop and process my own film. I was able to make a lot of mistakes and just learn on a daily basis.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

For my projects I shoot with my Rolleiflex or Hasselblad 500c. When I’m just out and about I use my Leica m6 or Konica Hexar AF. Polaroids I use a Land 180 and for clients needing same or next day I use a Canon 5d MKII. I like to think of cameras as different flavors of the same tool, so it depends on what I’m in the mood for or what the job calls for.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Art, right now the work of Austrian painter Egon Schiele. I’ve spent quite some time studying his portraits. I’m interested in raw emotion.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I make sure to schedule my projects as much as I can and if I have an assignment or a shoot for a client I usually just reschedule the project. That way the project is always on the calendar and always on my mind. As long as there is money in my pockets then I’m out documenting something.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Right now its documentary portraiture, but I also like to do street photography. You could say documentary portraiture is my passion and street is my hobby.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I have been told by an editor that I have an ability to get up close and personal quickly with my subjects. It’s something I’ve always been able to do.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

It would have to be Tarek al-Tayyib Mohamed Bouazizi . The street vendor who set himself on fire in protest and became the catalyst for the Tunisian revolution. His one selfless act has sparked so much to happen in such a short amount of time.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I plan on getting lost in South America for a while. What would make it a dream is if I was paid to do so.

what’s your post production process?

If its B&W I develop it myself (color I take to a lab) and then scan the negatives with an Epson v750 . If I find a great image I rescan the negative on a liquid mount for the interwebs. Then I take the negative to my darkroom and print. For digital I shoot>ingest>caption>edit/tone>deliver media>archive.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

One day I’ll shoot 4×5 (I haven’t researched it much so I don’t know which 4×5 I would get), but for now I just need an endless supply of film and chemicals.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

Some of these people I know and the rest I would like to get to know:
Cary Conover His street style is amazing and inspires.
Jody Rogac her portrait work is full of beauty.
Doug Dubois I just started looking at his work, but its very appealing to me.
Peter Hoffman his portraits and projects motivate me to go out and create.
Trent Parke and Minutes to Midnight is my inspiration to get lost in South America for a while.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

I don’t think its happened yet. Maybe it has (time will tell), but right now I feel like the peak of that mountain is still covered by clouds.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

One thing I’ve learned that should be helpful to other photographers, is once you find your style you have to focus that style into projects/essays and into the type of work you want to do (commercial, editorial, art whatever) otherwise you just have a bunch of singles scattered around that don’t make sense. Yeah you take beautiful pictures but why? This advice really only helps the photographer that is out there everyday shooting, but for no defined reason.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Depends on the day. When I need energy I play something like Justice. If I’m trying to slow down I play Grateful Dead. Right now (at this very moment) I’m listening to Little Lion Man by Mumford & Sons.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

My neighbor’s house, there is always food and people just hanging out. They remind me to slow down and rest.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Ha! I’m a sucker for a Jersey Mike’s sub especially when there isn’t time to cook. After a shoot, during an edit or generally all the time is hummus and pita.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

I currently like Patrick Bradley in my Urban Chickens project but my favorite changes daily.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

Right now its this one (number 9 in Doug Dubois’ Family Photos 1999-2006). Its just a great captured moment, something I’m always looking for.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

My passion for photography has grown. To be able to photograph everyday is an amazing thing. I’m glad I am able to do so.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I don’t have anything lucky, but for some reason all my cameras have that thin Domke strap on them so I guess I like those.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

I have no clue.

what’s your sign?

Aries

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Cary Conover



©NickPironio

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Chloé Gassian was born, grew up and still lives in Paris, France. Raised in a environment full of images and music, she studied Graphic Design for four years and developed a passion for Typography and layout. Upon completing her studies as a Graphic Designer, she decided to finish with 2 complimentary years of photography at the university of Gobelins in Paris “l’école de l’image in Paris”. She is now a freelance photographer consolidating graphic design with photography.

www.chloegassian.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father is a photographer, so I learned to love the craft in my childhood. I can’t really remember when the interest came, it’s always been there. For me it’s something natural, obvious.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

I shoot with a Canon 5D, a Canon EOS 1. And a Olympus Stylus Epic in my pocket.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

There are many kinds of art which inspire me…video, graphic design, working with other artists, and obviously light!

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I’m just beginning so I am still able to manage my work with my personal projects.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

I’m pleased when I go into shooting sessions with a real idea in my head, a concept. Most of the time I work within a series, and I search for a narrative link between images. I love shooting people, but it’s paradoxical especially because in my work, faces are frequently hidden…

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I’m currently working with a french band on their visuals, and I plan on traveling to Colombia for a few weeks. I hope to be posting some interesting things on the Diary of my website.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I always try to have a conceptual idea and attempt to put a touch of madness and absurdity in my images.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

I would loved to photograph Boris Vian (a french polymath mostly known for his novels) because of his amazing universe.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

I’d love to travel across the United States from east to west by car, a bit of a “cliche”, yes – but it would be amazing.

what’s your post production process?

For digital and film, I use Photoshop, using curves and colors layers.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

a few months ago I went to the mountains in the south of France for a photograph-taking walk. This was an incredible moment for me within the wilderness (or nearly…) and I had a Hasselblad loaned to me by my school.
It wasn’t the first time I used medium format but it was at this moment, in this geographic and personal situation that I truly appreciated the medium.
So I would buy a hasselblad.

who are your favorite photographers?

I don’t really have a favorite…I really like the work of Billy and Hells, and Søren Solkær Starbird.
But my favorite artists comes from the art video scene, the pictoral scene. I really admire Chris Cunningham,
Robert Longo…

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far?

Probably, one of the first times that my work was published full page in a magazine or book…

It’s great to see your photograph in the library. I will have one of my favorite photographs on a cover of a novel coming out in February, I’m very impatient to see the result.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

I think that it is very important to take an active interest in other kinds of art, not exclusively photography…

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

For now, while editing I listen to Rapunzel from Dave Matthews Band, the live one is the best.
And the Clash!

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

My new apartment.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Noodles with pesto sauce are the best with red wine to celebrate!

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

©ChloéGassian


This is my favorite because it embodies most of what I search for in creating a photograph.
Lines, perspectives, a touch of color and a strange situation.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

©RichardAvedon


I don’t really have a favorite one… The last one that impressed me a lot was Charlene van Tighem’s portrait by Richard Avedon from the series “In the American West“. I stood ‘stuck’ in front of a huge print of this image.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning pro?

Not really, I don’t think that it could change… Only for the better I hope!

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I just need to be comfortable. The friend who assists me is very important too.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Probably more a nerd…

what’s your sign? (we’re conducting a poll)

I’m a crab. (cancer)

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Salva López, a Spanish photographer. I don’t know him but I really like his work!




©Chloé Gassian

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Born in Dallas, Texas on November 29, 1982, Nadyia enjoyed painting and photography as a child and young adult, and in high school, became interested in graphic design. She studied fine art photography and majored in graphic design at school and recently has started to explore video production, which she hopes to incorporate into her photography.

www.nadyia.net

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

My father sparked my interest in photography when I was fairly young. He’s an amazing underwater photographer and taught me a lot about what I know now.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Canon 40D and Canon 5D, and on occasion, film.

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

This is hard to pinpoint because I draw inspiration from so many different things. But I guess with photography, it’s people. I try to bring to life what makes a person beautiful, sexy, or sometimes, vulnerable. Sometimes I like to shoot someone in a way no one else has, just for the purpose of making and exposing something different.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

Definitely. Sometimes my job gets incredibly busy and I just don’t have time to shoot my personal work. But it’s important to me that I have that outlet, so I try not to go too long without it.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

My favorite is definitely conceptual photography. I like to actually think and plan a shoot or even a specific shot. I love seeing ideas I have become real. I also love collaborating with other artists, models, etc and making something amazing.

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I just moved to Austin and I’m incredibly grateful at how welcoming other photographers and artists have been here so far. I’m already planning and scheduling shoots with another photographer for a collaborative mixed media project. I’m really excited about it and can’t wait to see what comes of it.

What is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I don’t know if it makes my work unique, but I pay close attention to detail, so much so that it annoys me sometimes.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

My grandmother when she was my age, because she helped raise me and because she was a really beautiful, genuine person.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

Spain, just because it’s the one place I’ve always wanted to go to that I haven’t yet.

what’s your post production process?

I bring the raw images into Lightroom then do most of the editing in Photoshop.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I’d probably stick with what I have and just get more lenses. I don’t have enough and I’m always borrowing some from other photographers.

who are your favorite photographers and why?

My father, of course. Also an amazing man named A.Kaye, he’s been my main mentor and a really wonderful friend. He started out as a sports photographer for professional sports and is now photographing for a project, Heart of Women, to raise money for women who have suffered domestic abuse. I also really love Mark Sink, all of his work is really interesting but I’m fascinated most by what he does with wet plates.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Being published in several magazines and publications. That’s always a good thing.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

Make sure it’s a passion of yours before you jump into it. It sounds mean, but I don’t like being in the same industry with people who don’t care and are only doing it because it seems like a cool thing to do. Also, remember that most photography is a collaborative effort, and being able to respect those that you work with is essential.

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

When it comes to music, I’m all over the place. But when I’m editing, a majority of the time I’m listening to David Bowie, Bjork, or Saul Williams.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t have one favorite spot. I like trying out new places, especially in Austin because there is so much here.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Usually something light like a salad so I can still be pretty active. And if I’m celebrating, probably Makers or Bulleit.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?


I have so many favorites, but this one I just love because the image I had in my head came out exactly as how you see it in the photograph.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

I can’t pick just one photo, but go here and check out the photos in his wet plate galleries.

has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, but the direction I’m going definitely has.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

Not really. As long as it’s comfortable, I’m good to go.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Both!

what’s your sign?

Sagittarius

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

Anyone I’ve already mentioned, also maybe J Woods (who does amazing photo composites) or Hutch MuselessMime (talented photographer/videographer in Dallas). I have worked with all of them and really admire their work.

Angela Ryan


Ivy


RS


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Maleonn
1972
Born in Shanghai

1984-1995
Shanghai Huashan Art School
Attached High School to Fine Art College of Shanghai University
Graduated from Fine Art College of Shanghai University, Major in Graphic Design

1995-2003
Engaged in commercial film as Art director and Director

2004-
Engaged in independent Creation of Art
Lives and works in Shanghai, China

www.maleonn.com

When and how did you become interested in Photography?

Since 2004, I started to work on my own artwork in 2004, bought the camera, and fell in love with photography.

What gear do you mainly shoot with?

Mostly digital cameras, before I used CANON 20D, now it’s CANON 1DS MARK iii. Sometimes i also use a film camera like MAMIYA RB-67

What is your #1 source of inspiration?

Reading and watching films, and chatting with funny people.

Many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

I always devoted all my time to the creation, so I’m not that rich. But some kind people help me, sometimes they support my exhibition, sometimes they collect my work. The money is enough for my simple life.

What is your all time favorite genre to shoot?

conceptual

Do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I have a solo exhibition soon in Singapore, another one in Spain.

If you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Myself. But more handsome than I am now, and less sensitive.

What’s your dream photo field trip?

Wild grass, abandoned city, the space where once people lived and left, where we can see obligation and time.

What’s your post production process?

Mainly photoshop, sometime I hand paint.

If you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

I would buy the top digital camera. I don’t like traditional cameras. But sometimes the camera I use right now is still cheap. The work isn’t as perfect as those taken by film. Not necessarily like film, but with more details and color.

What has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

When I decided to buy the camera, I quite hesitated because I had never touched a camera before. And the camera was expensive. I’m wasn’t sure if it would be able to help me to find myself.

Do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot fulltime or students who are just starting out?

There are too many details in the techniques. Lots of interesting things can be done, but try not to only being addicted to all that. To a good photographer the most important thing is to find out one unique angle to look at the world. But that needs consideration, various experiments. I rarely used a camera. only after I thought about that clearly, I decided to take the camera and try to complete my ideal image.

What’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

All kinds of cello music. I only like the cello. Recent two years all like that.

Will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

self portrait


If you ask the reason why this is my favorite, I can only say that I feel everyone’s works are self portraits, shooting ourselves or our generation. This picture contains me, my illustration and my sadness. But also a little bit of unbroken hope inside. The growth of our generation all in this instance, in our spiritual world.

Has your passion for photography changed at all since turning “pro”?

No, I’m still passionate, I just have fewer works, because I don’t want to repeat myself.

Do you have a favorite or lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I have a necklace that brings me luck, sometimes I need it to bless me 🙂 I often use it when I take pictures.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Definitely not camera gangsta.










©Maleonn

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