Thursday, 18 September 2014

Interview with Kevin Rossatty


Kevin Rossatty is a young talented photographer with a passion for self portraits and fine art, join me as I get to know him up close on this interview 




Introduce Yourself
Well, my name is Kevin Rossatty and I’m a self-taught photographer from Guatemala City. I’m 21 years old, and I’m studying graphic design at one the local universities here in Guatemala.




How long have you been doing photography?
I started taking pictures in 2011 when I got my first camera, and pretty much all my childhood I was always amazed by photography but never got a chance to take pictures with a decent SLR.



What type of camera do you use?
I use a Canon 6D, which I got around March this year, and my first camera is a Canon XSi, in which I learned pretty much everything of what I know today. I also got two film cameras (a canon AE and a Canonet QL17).



What is your ideal camera?
I’ve always craved a Nikon F or any camera in which you can achieve a natural tilt-shift effect.

It seems like most of your photos are taken outdoors, do you believe nature plays a big role in your style?
Yes. I’ve done some pictures indoors, but I love how much you can do with nature and the human figure. I’d like to do studio shots once I get the right equipment to achieve decent images.



Your photographs look like beautiful paintings, was it a lucky coincidence or are you inspired by paintings?

My initial inspiration got from my favorite photographer, which tends to give his pictures a painting style, but I think I haven’t reached the style I want to achieve in my pictures.. It’s still a work in progress. 

I get often inspired by paintings and lately Greek mythology has become one of my biggest inspirations.



Do you sometimes feel underrated as a photographer? You don’t think you have the support that you deserve by other members of the Flickr community?

Well, I actually don’t see myself as a popular or well-known photographer. I think I’m not at that stage yet. I’m still exploring my photography style. Still I think that with every time that passes more people are getting to know me, which is nice. But I don’t make art for everyone to notice me, I do it because I like to photograph and create something, if anyone finds it beautiful it gives me a really great feeling, but I don’t look for the public’s praise. 

I’ve got to admit that I don’t use Flickr as much as I use DeviantART, I feel that more people get to see my work there.. I’m not sure if I deserve more support, I guess I must earn it like everybody else has.



Do you prefer self-portraits or working with models?
I absolutely love self-portraits. I feel that the picture gets more personal.. and I kind-of always wanted to be a model, so it’s like a guilty pleasure.



Walk us through your creative process (from coming up with the idea until it’s fully executed).
I dare to reveal that my best pictures are improvised.. But in most cases I begin by looking up for locations. Since I love to work with nature, finding the right spot is crucial. 

I only have made like 4 photoshoots since last year, 3 of them where improvised, and the “Tea Party” began with a basic sketch of how I wanted the cups to look, and the pose of the model. I also tend to write down my ideas in my computer’s stickies, because I have the worst memory ever, so I need to keep a record of everything that comes up in my mind. 

After the pictures are taken, I select the first batch that will go trough the post-processing progress, and I select a few outtakes that will be released months after the main pictures are done. 




What type of photography do you find challenging?
Conceptual photography. I always struggle with finding the right props and making the right editing to the pictures to get nice conceptual pictures. I admire conceptual photographers which mix their fine-art style in them. I’ve only done one nice conceptual picture which is Skinny Love, and to achieve it I got lots of help from two of my best friends, besides from that I think that I’ve only done fine-art portraits.


Who do you look up as a photographer?
I have two favorite photographers, one who I look up because of his amazing talent as a fine-art photographer: Robby Cavannaugh, and the other one because of his amazing and outstanding style: Marwane Pallas



Describe your favorite image taken by you.
Oh-well.. I still haven’t taken the picture of my dreams, but so far my favorite picture is the first picture released from my “Found” photoshoot.This picture means a lot because it was the first picture I knew I was going to edit when we finished shooting, and was the first picture that gave me a more defined style. Also, this was my first pictured that made it to my Vogue Italia portfolio (after I sent nearly all my old pictures), this was the one who basically “made me”.
Describe your favourite photograph taken by another photographer.
I recently discovered a photographer at DeviantART,which has the most beautiful dark style. So I find this particular picture incredible, because of the color, the texture and the concept. I can feel the weakness of the subject without seeing much of him.


If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
Definitely I’d love to be a high-fashion model, or a runway model.



What movie/play/book/music inspire you?
I love English bands, I often get very inspired by Depeche Mode, Muse, Friendly Fires, Bastille and The Killers.

What inspires you the most?
Watching other artists, and my inspiration comes from french photographer Marwane Pallas.

How can you describe your style?
Dark, and in the same way beautiful. I like to play with strong contrasts and shadows, but always leaving space to play with the light and bright colours.



Did your photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world?
Pretty much. With every photoshoot I make I get to know myself a litter better, and to see myself more clearly. Because we photographers put a something of ourselves onto every picture.

If you had magical powers what kind of pictures would you be taking?
Hard to say, I think I’d like to fly, so I could get to different locations maybe?



What do you like to do other than photography? 
I like to sleep.. Seriously, and believe it or not, I always end up very tired after taking pictures.

How would people describe you?
Most people find me very shy, but I can be as outgoing as anyone with time.

Can you share a before and after?
Well, as you see I owe all my beauty to Photoshop.



Do you watch any photoshop tutorials, or read any books?
Actually I don’t. I’ve always done everything by trial and error. I’ve read a couple of blogs on how to use certain tools in photoshop, but most of the things I’ve learned are by accident and many attempts.

When you first started using photoshop, what was the most challenging thing for you to learn?
How to fix the light and contrasts.. and now I find it hard to make photo-manipulations, it’s something I admire from other photographers.


Find Kevin at : Flickr -- DeviantART -- 500px -- PhotoVogue  --  Facebook --  Ask.fm









Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Photographer Jeremiah Morris Interview

Vintage meets modern is an easy way to describe the style of Jeremiah Morris, 

let's get to know him a little bet better...









Introduce yourself

My name is Jeremiah Morris. I am a photographer based out of Harrisonburg, Virginia. I am 23 years old, and I currently am attending James Madison University pursuing my degree in Studio Art.


How long have you been doing photography?

I started with photography in the summer of 2008, so I have been shooting for almost 6 years, but most of that time I wasn't serious or I was just doing random things with no clear direction. I have been seriously creating for the past two years I would say.


What type of camera do you use? 

I use a Canon Rebel t3i for the digital works, and for my film works I use an old fully manual canon camera. I am anticipating branching out into large format and experimental film works this fall.


What is your ideal camera (doesn't have to be real)

That's an interesting question and I don't really know. I guess it would be something which would allow me to create complete compositions merely from thinking about it, as most of the time the problems I have with concepts come from the fact that reality is something I have to deal with.


If you had to choose one lens what would it be?

Depends on the shoot, but generally something with a wide aperture range and preferably fixed focal length.


Do you prefer natural light or flash?

Natural.


Indoors or outdoors?

Again, it depends, but generally outdoors.



Do you like working with models? Can you name your favorite model?
when working with models how can you communicate with the model to get her/him to translate your thoughts?

I do and I don't like working with models. They are one of the main things I find that hold me back at this stage in my career. Coordinating with someone to get him or her to come to some crazy location and wear something crazy and do something crazy is hard. I've been lucky and I've had a lot of friends who were willing to go to lengths to help with my art, but eventually I started breaking out of the molds created by only using people I knew, I want to use new people in new ways, but it's hard to find someone you don't know and get them to trust you on a level that a model needs to trust their photographer and vice versa. It's a scary thing for a lot of people. It can be intimidating. The best models I have are not people who can necessarily do a certain thing, but people who are overwhelmingly optimistic and enthusiastic about being in a collaborative art making relationship. I also love people who see it as just that too, collaborative. I want them to offer their insights and suggest something new and help the idea I started with grow into something we both created.

As far as working with models and communicating with them aptly, it is a really hard thing to do sometimes. I think there needs to be some understanding and chemistry between the photographer and the model, not in a romantic way, just in the way that the photographer clicks with the model on some level. It's hard to explain. I've shot with people and from the first frame it is so clear that this person gets what I am trying to do. These people will need little to no guidance. Other individuals I can spend half an hour working on one pose because they don't understand what I need and I don't understand how to tell them exactly what to do.





How do you feel about cropping images?

I know there are some purists who think real photography is unmanipulated and you have to be skilled enough to get exactly what you want in camera. I think there is some definite validity to that, but I think like everything, you have to make an artistic choice. If cropping suits what you are trying to say in the work you create, then crop away. But I think shooting blindly with no premeditation into what the final outcome will even remotely look like is something to avoid.


Do you like using actions?

( I assume you mean photoshop actions?) Not really.


Describe your favorite image taken by you. 

I know it may be bad, but I don't have a particularly favorite photo. I have several hanging in my room, but those always end up there because they are misprints. I go through phases where I am in love with what I am creating, and then I lose interest. I have to live with this work for so long and look at it so much that I start to feel like I've never created anything worth interest, and that makes me want to create something new, but also makes me want to never create again on some level. And I must say I share this anecdote not because I want sympathy or praise, but because I think it is something that is common among some artists and I just want other artists in the same situation to know it's not just them.

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer. 

This is hard to answer too. I don't really have a favorite. I have favorite artists but not necessarily a favorite work, not in photography. There is so much to photography it is hard to compare the beauty of an Ansel Adams with the complexity of the message of a Cindy Sherman.



If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?

In a practical setting I would be a psychologist. In an impractical setting I would probably be an Egyptologist or Archaeologist.


What are you still learning? 

Who I am as an artist and what I want to say. It's been said that we can't create anything new in art, that every issue has already been tackled in some form or another. That thought is both limiting and incredibly freeing all at once. It makes me feel I should share my version of these issues, things personal to me, and I should try to connect to others through my art on a personal level. Opposite to that I feel I also should make broad statements about the world we now live in and what that means.


If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?

I would love to go on a trip through America and do a series spanning every state. I would love to try and capture the soul of America in some form.

What movie/play/book/ music inspire you?

Everything inspires me. I guess I will share what most recently has inspired me. The last movie to inspire me was Her, the last book to inspire me was Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, and the last song that inspired me enough to create something was World Alone by Lorde, and that song inspired most of my Disconnected series. That series isn't on Flickr, as Flickr doesn't support gifs. Check it out on tumblr at jeremiahmorrisphoto.tumblr.com.



What inspires you the most?

I have to say I usually find inspiration in music while driving. I can tune out the real world to a certain extent and just focus on myself, my thoughts, and the concepts I want to explore in my art. That and nature. Nature is so important to me.


How can you describe your style?

All over the place. I don't know if I have found my style yet. I look at my work and feel like it's not cohesive, but I don't know.


Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world? 
If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?

I think photography has changed me, it makes me look at the world in a different way. I enter into everything thinking about how it would look through the lens. I see the world for a collection of colors and shapes and cohesion of elements, which makes everything a little more interesting. I can find beauty and value in cracks on the pavement.


If you could meet with any famous person dead or alive who would it be? What would you say or do?

I don't think it has any effect on my work, but I adore Andy Warhol and would love to meet him when he was in his prime. I would love to chat about art, the art world, and what it means to be an artist.



If someone asked you how can i be you, what would your answer be?

Don't be me, be yourself.



Name photographers that inspire you the most.

William Eggleston, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus.


in some of your recent photos, you've mixed photography with graphic design, where did that come from? 

It just kind of happened organically. I wanted to abstractly represent the subject matter's interaction with the modern world, and for me the graphic design represents that. This is especially true of my found images project I'm working on now. I am trying to highlight the intersection of the past with the present and the connotations both of those words have.


your photos seem vintage, classic and romantic, would you call yourself an old soul?

I suppose so. I do love old movies, vintage clothes and furniture, and I have a record collection. I guess in those regards I am an old soul, but I would also say I am really interested in modern thoughts and problems.


Find Jeremiah at:
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Interview with André Varela

André Varela is a dreamer, talented photographer with so much to share through his beautiful photographs,
I first came across André's work on Flickr a while ago and became a fan and absolutely loved his collaboration with Tim Andrews, so after contacting André for an interview, he answered few questions,
here you go :)




Introduce yourself
My name is André Varela and I am a 29 year old conceptual/portrait photographer from Portugal.



How long have you been doing photography?
I have been doing photography for two years now.



What type of camera do you use?
I use a Canon 6D.


What is your ideal camera (doesn't have to be real)
My ideal camera would be a medium format camera.



If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
Maybe the 16-35 from Canon.



Do you prefer natural light or flash?
Natural light always!


Indoors or outdoors?
Depends on the concept.



Self portraits or models?
It also depends on the concept.



Do you like working with models? Can you name your favorite model?
I like working with models but I don’t usually work with them. If I had to say, my favorite model is my girlfriend without a doubt. Always ready for my crazy ideas.


most of your photos are in black and white, do think it's more effective?
I really love black and white because it gives an “alien” feel to the photos. It is not normal for your eyes to see in black and white and that immediately gives a mystic feeling to an image.



How do you feel about cropping images?
When it’s needed I don’t see any problem.


You seem to have a "thing" for expanded images, why is that?
I love the feeling of empty space. And sometimes it helps me get a scene I can’t get with only one shot.



You do a lot of composites, does that mean you're a dreamer?
It kinda does. And I AM a dreamer.


Do you like using actions?
I only use actions I create and even that is rare.



If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
Owner of a gallery.


When you first started, how did you learn photoshop? can you name books/ websites that helped you to be where you are today.
I learned thru the internet. Youtube is your friend. Also Phlearn.


What are you still learning?
Everything really. We are always learning.



If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?
I would love to photograph Mickey Rourke and Leonardo Dicaprio, in Iceland.



What inspires you the most?
Music. Always music.


How can you describe your style?
Most people describe it by being dark, nostalgic and sad.


Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world?
Yes. I guess it does to everyone. We all learn to see in another way.



If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?
I wish I could teleport. That would be my favorite power.



If you could meet with any famous person dead or alive who would it be? What would you say or do?
I would love to talk with Ghandi. And I would love to eat some seafood with Stephen King.


If your life was turned into a movie what kind would it be? How long would it last? And who's going to play your character?
Wow…This is a fantastic question. I guess it would be a heroes journey kind of movie. I would love for Leonardo Dicaprio and Bradley Cooper to be in that movie!


How would people describe you?
Funny, serious and mysterious.


If someone asked you how can i be you, what would your answer be?
I don’t think there is a way to be me.


Can you kindly share a before and after :)
you can take this one 


Find  André at: Flickr-- Facebook-- Blog -- Twitter -- Website