Hi, I really want to be a photographer more then anything, what have you done to get where you are today? Did you go to college for photography? If so, where?
Thanks for the question. I did go to college for photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco; it was a great experience. I have also done many years of assisting to learn from other photographers and sought out information on my own from a variety of sources.
Minolta? Nice! I just got my hands on a Minolta SRT200 and Kiron 28mm f/2, Kiron 80-200mm f/4.5, and Hoya 55mm Skylight 1B lenses. Unfortunately, the battery recommended for it was discontinued, but I've been reading about easy solutions to go about using other batteries. Anyways, do you prefer shooting film or digital photography more? That is, if you prefer one over the other.
That sounds pretty cool. I prefer to shoot digitally because I achieve the look I want without scanning and dusting scans. Sometimes film is better, and in those cases I do shoot film. I dislike a “digital” look so I avoid shooting like that. Nothing rivals a polaroid so for instances when I want a polaroid look (medium format or 600) I always shoot film.
“…and you should get everything. you just scared what it will mean. no one lies on their deathbed wishing they had less… less love, no one. so if you love the guy, for god’s sake, don’t let him get away.”—private practice
“Every time a new house was built, a bucket of peach stones would be found, and even children on their way to school knew that finding one meant luck, no matter the outcome: love forgotten, love gone wrong, love despite all odds, love ever after, love after all this time.”—Alice Hoffman, The Probable Future
my ad agency portfolio review last thursday was a big success. i was there with 5 other stellar amazing photographers: thomas heinser, mark holthusen, scott peterson, wendi nordeck, and victor cobo (after you finish reading, please go spend some solid time on each of their websites, you’ll be blown away). the review was a good solid 2 hours and i met about 15 creatives many of whom personally took time to give me positive feedback on my work. i also got a chance to catch up with two buyers who i hadn’t seen in a while and it was lovely showing them my recent work and being able to chat about what was new with them. all in all, the morning was a blast: i had the chance to meet really wonderful people, look at other beautiful work, and came out of it feeling very inspired: i call that a home run!
“As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity. I see something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”—Sam Abell
I noticed from a previous post that you use Polaroid 690. Is it possible to do emulsion lifts with that particular film? If so, do you?
I’ve never done emulsion lifts (Polaroid transfers), however those need to be done with medium or large format Polaroid because the film is on the surface of the paper whereas the emulsion in a 600 Polaroid is sealed inside the casing. There’ nothing to “lift” or transfer with a 600 Polaroid.
Your photography is incredible. I love how you can bring out the wonder of something like a couch or floor! I just started to make an attempt at "artistic" photography, just with a Sony Cybershot and am putting them up on Tumblr. What is your preferred camera and and subject to shoot?
Thanks so much for your kind words! It’s great that you’re taking photos for pleasure and that you’re interested in making them interesting. I usually shoot with a Canon 5DMkII, my iPhone and a Polaroid 690. I don’t have one favorite thing to shoot but I love making portraits and photographing details of things I find beautiful.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”—Audrey Hepburn (via heart-beat-rock)
“when i was 21, robert wrote me a note: he said we’d create art together and we would make it with or without the rest of the world.”—patti smith on her then lover, robert mapplethorpe, in a rolling stone interview
“With [Sleeping by the] Mississippi, in particular, I had no money. I could take a few pictures of something that really affected the photography in big ways. After that, with a bit more money to play around with, I could take multiple versions of the picture. That’s part of how I got better as a photographer. I have this thing, the camera’s on a tripod, it’s like an easel “Ok, I can only take a couple, I gotta makes this great.” Then I tried to get everything in the frame, which, in fact, is not a good strategy for photography. Its pulling stuff out of the frame is usually what you want to do, to simplify it. But I didn’t know that. So that was one of the lessons learned.”—Alec Soth via American Suburb X on Sleeping by the Mississippi