Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi, my name is Daniel and I am from New Zealand but currently live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a landscape architect by day and pursue my passion for photography pretty much every waking moment around that.
Daniel’s Instagram - @dan__walk
How would you describe your style of photography? My style of photography is forever changing and growing in various directions. I have focused a lot on the landscape and the built environment that surrounds me and lately, I have been heavily intrigued by details/samples of the bigger picture. My eye has grown closer to the angles and edges of our surroundings as I believe that capturing the whole scene gives too much away, bringing attention to a piece of everything gets the viewer thinking.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? This is a hard one to one to pin down. When I began studying at university I took a photography elective, I’m not sure what pushed me towards learning but it taught me the basics for using a DSLR. When my grandad gave me his old Japanese TopCon film camera from the 1950s it set me on a trajectory that would have me exploring 35mm film for a while before jumping back to digital. From there it has grown into my strongest passion.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Film has had such an impact on my photography, I remember when I first started using it and that rush when seeing the roll after processing. There is nothing quite like it!
Who/What inspires your photography? There are many sources to draw inspiration from. Mostly photographers inspire me but there are so many people that have shown drive and passion for their chosen fields that I can’t help but pull motivation from that.
What kind of camera do you use? I use a Canon 5D MIII, with a Sigma 24-35mm f2.0 Art and Canon 50mm f1.8. Lately, the 50mm is all that I use and for the price it is a steal! But I intend on upgrading in the near future.
What's your editing process like? Usually after a shoot or a trip, I will load up to Lightroom and filter and edit. I tend to work with my own presets and then adjust from there. Every shoot and location has its own story to tell and cannot just have the same setting applied to everything, additional work is always valued. I make sure to create backups on location, off location and online, to be slightly pedantic. Nothing is as comforting like knowing that if your house burns to the ground that your photos are all safe somewhere in the world.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Like any other style of photography, just keep observing how your favourite photographers shoot. Pay attention to their use of composition, colours, shadows, etc. Practice, practice, practice and experimentation are key, they’re the only way!
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Hard question as there are so many that I draw inspiration from! I follow local, international, past and present photographers. My absolute go to are:
Romain Laprade (@romainlaprade). He has an amazing vintage film approach to his work while focusing on brutalist, modernist spaces, architecture and fashion.
Tom Blachford (@blachford) is a local Melbourne architectural photographer. His latest project is Midnight Minimal which explores modernist Palm Springs through nothing other than moonlight.
Brooke Holm (@brookeholm). Another Melbourne local although based in New York. Her fine art projects bring a minimal vividness to the viewer which I have aspired to a lot.
Matthias Heiderich (@matthiasheiderich). Exploration of your surroundings is important to diversify and his minimalist approach mixed with bringing out the geography of our world is amazing to draw inspiration from.
Other much more well-known photographers but groundbreaking in their own fields are - Julius Shulman (architectural), Vivien Maier (Film/Street), Jimmy Chin @jimmy_chin (adventure and climbing), and Dan Tom @dantom (travel).
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Definitely! The following photographers have inspired me to really explore how I approach photography and various ways: Nicole Reed @nicasa, Cody Ellingham @cbje_tokyo, Chiara Zonca @shadowontherun, Reuben Wu @itsreuben, Thomas Seear-Budd @thomasseearbudd, to name only a few.
The coolest place you've ever been? So far it has to be Scotland. My girlfriend and I went away for most of last year and part of it was a road trip through Scotland, particularly Isle of Skye. That is a magical place (although it rains 99% of the time) and has so much to show.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? There are so many places to explore! I would love to get into the back countries of South America, particularly Patagonia, and to Cuba in the Caribbean. India would be amazing as well as Greenland. I like the attraction of remote locations as they really allow you to explore something that you haven’t seen before.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I really enjoy winter as the light can be much more diverse here in Melbourne. During the summer it is quite hot but also the sun is harsh and rises early/sets late. I suppose year round is all I can say as it really depends on the location and which scene you are aiming to capture.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I most recently went home for a few weeks to explore more of the North Island of NZ. But the next trip will be further abroad so you’ll just have to wait and see.
Anything extra you would like to share? You can see more of my work at danwalk.com Thank you so much for talking to me!
Daniel’s Instagram - @dan__walk