Ezra Jeffrey Comeau
Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi there, my name is Ezra Jeffrey-Comeau. I am living in Edmonton Alberta, Canada.
How would you describe your style of photography? I would say that my style has always fluctuated based on who or what has inspired me. I suppose my overwhelming goal in photography is to make intimate images whether it be landscapes or abstracts. In addition to this, I have always been interested in fine art landscape photography in its most stripped down form. Composition, simplicity, subject.
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When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I fell in love with taking photos in 2014. I was 19 at the time in my second year of college. I lived with my two best friends and one of them started taking photos from time to time and editing them on an app called VSCO. He started getting into it and took this beautiful image with his smartphone and edited it. I still remember this image so well. It was a car window with ice frozen on it. Someone has taken their thumb and scraped the ice off of the middle portion of the window and through that scraped ice you could begin to see these beautiful vibrant morning colours. Shortly after that, I started to take photos on my phone more and more often until it became an obsessive passion. I’ve now been shooting for nearly 5 years and shoot professionally for Hartley of Kent watches as well as selling fine artwork.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? One of my favourite memories was photographing Gregory Alan Isakov at Edmonton’s Music Festival just recently. I wasn’t covering the event and I had an old Olympus Om-1 around my neck with some Rollei infrared film. I’ve listened to Gregory Alan Isakov’s music for years and I was pretty shocked when he casually walked by me and entered the merchandise tents. We all wondered if he was buying something or what he was doing but he sat down and began to organize an autograph signing. We all ran over to line up and I was contemplating even asking him for his portrait because I can be decently shy sometimes. My girlfriend convinced me to ask so when It was my turn next I anxiously stammered out “hey Greg…would it…be cool…if I. took your portrait? He agreed and my hands were shaking a bit and it was dark in the tent. That’s a terrible combination of things for a photographer. I managed to shoot at 1/60th of a second at f1.8 and prayed the frame turned out without blur. 3 weeks later the roll came back from the lab and the portrait was completely black. Just kidding, it turned out wonderfully and it is one of my favourite portraits and memories. You can see it above!
Who/What inspires your photography? I love flipping through landscape photo books from the early 2000’s as the film era began to slow down and the digital era began to dominate. It seems as if there was a greater number of fine art photographers back then but with the rise of social media, I find it harder to find technical fine art landscape images. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy breaking compositional rules but there is a certain attention to care those images have that give me a nostalgic feeling.
What kind of camera do you use? I use a lot of cameras. For film, I am shooting a Pentax 6x7 a pair of Olympus SLR’s and a Nikon Fe. For Digital I work with an old Nikon D3. I used the D300 for nearly 5 years and fell in love with that particular sensor. I just recently bought the D3 because it’s a brilliant tool and also rejection of the megapixel race we are currently seeing in photography.
What's your editing process like? I try to keep it very simple, I use Lightroom for all of my editing. I enjoy the look of Portra 400 or Provia 100 as a filter and let the type of image dictate its edit. For my film work, I usually get it sent out to Vancouver for development and scanning and touch up in Lightroom.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Get out as much as possible and be present wherever you are. I have found that photo opportunities present themselves when you give each location the attention and time it deserves. Social media has perpetuated this habit of running out of your car snapping a “banger” and posting it within the hour to maximize engagement. When you are on location, breathe, take time and construct your image.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I would love to photograph Italy because of how vastly diverse it is.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Autumn.
The coolest place you've ever been? Most likely Iceland and Uruguay.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I am excited to start shooting more product for companies this year. I have worked with brands such as Vitamin Water and Paradox in the past and it is an endlessly creative niche in photography.
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