How would you describe your style of photography? Hopefully hard to pin down. The places I go vary so much that it’s difficult to nurture one specific style, so I’m always trying my best to diversify the way I see and shoot.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? My wife and I had the opportunity to take a van across the US for eight months as photographers for an outdoor company. I really liked photography prior to that trip, but by the end of it, I knew it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? Cuba, without a doubt. I was only there for a week in 2016, but my experience shooting in Havana was the catalyst for so much of what I love today. It felt so raw and unglamorous, and it was solely up to me to come home with good work.
Who/What inspires your photography? Oh boy, good question. I suppose the story is the driving force behind the work that I really care about. I tend to shoot every day, so there’s not always some hyper-compelling story to be told, but when there is, that’s when I’m creating my best work.
Camera & editing process? I use a FujiFilm X-Pro2 with a 23mm and 50mm lens. My editing process varies wildly, haha. Sometimes I barely touch an image, other times I sit for hours going over every unimportant little thing. I’ve found that most of my images that take forever to edit don’t end up anywhere anyway, so I try my best to keep it as simple as possible.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? I’d tell them to stop worrying about it. Whatever style I have, it didn’t happen overnight, and it didn’t happen because I wanted it to. A year ago I was taking different photos than I am now, and that’s why photography is so appealing to me. As far as general advice, I’d say go shoot every single day, practice what you’re bad at, and remember that a beautiful subject doesn’t make up for bad composition.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I’m really obsessed with the idea of Argentina right now. I think the architecture in Buenos Aires is gorgeous, the Andes are obviously stunning, plus Antarctica is like right there, haha.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Absolutely winter. The conditions make for such interesting stories, and it’s easier to fit an extra lens in my coat pocket than my jeans.
The coolest place you've ever been? I did a 20km summit hike into Kananaskis Country in Alberta, Canada. Nothing has come close to topping the view from that peak, and the struggle it took to get up there made it that much more unbelievable.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? I’m really just on the road indefinitely, haha. I’ll be hitting a few more European gems, Southeast Asia at the end of the year, then I’ll be in Japan for a couple months. I’m always happy to meet new people to shoot with, so anyone is welcome to meet me out there!
Anything extra you would like to share? Go check out The Finite Project! I pour every ounce of me into that thing, so anything you’d ever want to see/know about me is on there. I release a new volume pretty much monthly. Thanks for having me!
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