Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do Inquiring Minds Really Want to Know? Hope So.........

One of my intentions this year is to begin interviewing other photographers/artists and feature those interviews here on my blog. (Let me know if you would like to be included or know someone I should contact.)

Last month, STIGmed1a contacted me and asked if I would be interested in being interviewed for their new online magazine. I am always surprised (and honored) when this happens and it feels a little strange, but I said yes.

I decided to share this interview here because I really liked some of their questions and hope to incorporate a similar style when I conduct my own interviews. Of course they had the regular "tell us about yourself" questions, but they also challenged me to reflect a little deeper on a few different subjects.

Here is what the online version of the interview looks like. I think they did a good job of designing it. Because of the limited space, they did edit out a few of my answers so I thought I would include them here.

  1. How would you describe yourself personally? I am somewhat of an introvert. I don't really enjoy parties or large gatherings and would rather spend my time with my family, really good friends or by myself.
  2. How would you describe yourself as a photographer? My primary way of expressing myself through photography is by hand-coloring black and white photographs. In the last couple of years I started teaching that technique. Sharing my passion with other people is something I love to do! I am not what I consider a "technical" photographer. Equipment is not as important to me as it is with some photographers. I only recently embraced (and now love) digital photography. "Photo Artist" seems a better way to describe me.
  3. What led you to become a photographer? What is the story behind it? I started to take photography classes when my children were young. I fell in love with black and white photography, even going as far as to turn one of my bathrooms into a darkroom. This passion continued to surface when I went back to school to finish up my accounting degree so I could become a CPA. I took another photography class while at California State University Sacramento and made the decision to abandon the idea of ever becoming an accountant, quit school and took up photography full time. That was 17 years ago.
  4. How does photography define you? Photography is my passion and has helped get me through some difficult periods in my life. I can't imagine what my life would be like if I wasn't a photographer. It brings me joy.
  5. Who are the photographers that you admire? Can you name a few of their works and why their works inspire you? When I first started hand-coloring, I found the work of Jill Enfield and Thea Schrack very inspiring. There is an image that Jill Enfield made that I can't find the name of - it's an old building with open windows and curtains flowing out. She hand-colored the building using blues and oranges and I just loved the effect. I love Thea Schrack's images of San Francisco and again, her use of hand-coloring really excited me and made me want to learn as much as I could about the process.
  6. Favorite subject to shoot. Any scene that has the potential to evoke curiosity, and leave the viewer feeling calm and peaceful.
  7. Your dream project as a photographer- I am working on it right now - a book of floral images.
  8. If you can capture something that cannot be seen by the naked eye, what would it be? Hope
  9. What do you think is the important role of a photographer? Some would say to record events, but since that is not my type of photography, I would say the most important role of a photographer is to demonstrate how beauty can be found anywhere if you just look for it. Sometimes the simplest images are the most beautiful.
  10. Tips, insights or wisdom that you can impart to aspiring photographers. I would have to say learn to slow down and be selective about what you photograph. Try to develop a style that shows your unique vision of the world.
  11. In one word, how do you see the world as a whole? Shifting
You can read the whole issue here: Stigmedia 

Probably more than you wanted to know, but I am excited about conducting my own interviews and would love suggestions for subjects and questions. Inquiring minds want to know...........


  1. Wonderful interview Dianne. For me knbowing more about the artist always adds depth when I see their work. Congratulations!

  2. Thanks Katherine! Always good to hear from you...

  3. Very nice interview. I liked the questions they asked. Looking forward to "Do Inquiring Minds Really Want to Know? Yes they do.

  4. Dianne,

    I really like how you began the interview--getting introversion out in the open! It's always been a difficult topic for me.

    The simplicity and directness of your answers are inspiring--expecially your last word "shifting." Isn't the world though?

    I would love to do an interview with you.

  5. Thanks Hannah! I really appeciate your comment and would love to interview you! Thanks for letting me know.

  6. Thanks for sharing this Dianne! Love your answers, it's always good to read about the artist behind the pictures.