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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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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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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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I was born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, on March 24, 1963. I am a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where I majored in video production and minored in the fine art of photography.
www.koentjoro.com

when and how did you become interested in Photography?

When I was 15 my mother bought me a Kodak pocket camera as a birthday present. I haven’t looked back since.

what gear do you mainly shoot with?

Mainly DSLR cameras sometimes film.

what is your #1 source of inspiration?

Michael Keena and Ansel Adams.

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 lucky to have a job that is parallel to photography. I work as a cinematographer in a production house in Jakarta. I mainly do TV commercials and corporate profiles.

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

I love landscape and waterscape with a style of surrealism.

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

I did last year, and will probably do one show next year. I’m collecting my portfolio at this moment.

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

I love strong contrast bordering with hyper-real surrealism.

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

Picasso, besides being a great painter, he was also an accomplished photographer.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

The North/South Pole and also the Galapagos Island.

what’s your post production process?

I use Photoshop to convert to B&W, I mostly use Channel Mixer, dodge, burn and also vignette tools.

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

The Hasselblad or the Leica.

who are your favorite shooters and why?

Ansel Adams, because he discovered the zone system. He pretty much changed the face of Black & White photography.
Who would have thought the richness of tones ranging from the Whitest White to the Darkest Black.

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

Still waiting for the break. Having many friends that like my photographs on Deviant Art, Art Limited and Facebook is very pleasing.

which shooter would you like to see interviewed by photopol.us next?

Michael Keena.

what’s your favorite music to listen to while editing?

I listen to Jazz and world music, mainly percussion and rhythmic music.

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

Starbucks checking email.

best meal to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

I don’t eat before shoot, makes me sleepy.
I usually celebrate with a can of beer with friends and family.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

Of course, however I don’t have a favorite shot, I love them all.
You can check out my work at deviantart or artlimited

your favorite photo by another photographer?

It is called “The Walk to Paradise Garden” by W. Eugene Smith.

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

I was never a pro and I doubt if I ever will be… it’s more fun to be an amateur, less pressure.

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

T-shirt and jeans, the best!!!

what’s your sign?

I was born on March 24, so I’m an Aries…hard headed… hehehehe….




©Hengki Koentjoro

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