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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In one word, how do you see the world as a whole? Shifting
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...........