It has been a week since I returned and over a month since I did an Introduction, so I thought I would start back with a mate. I know I can call her that now, even though we live half a world away, but when I was in New York I got to spend two days with her and I know I can say she is a friend. Of course I am talking about Stacy Fischer, from the blog Visual Venturing.
We had such a great time wondering around the city of New York that I knew I would like to do an Introduction on her once I got back. I loved looking through her blog in its entirety, which can be quite different to seeing one post at a time. It was great to see the large variety of her work and also to go along with her on many of her travels.
I asked Stacy where in the world she was.
I live on the east coast of the United States in Virginia (technically called a mid-Atlantic state). To be a bit more precise, I’m only about 10 miles outside of Washington, DC. While I moved around quite a bit when I was growing up, I’ve lived here since 1980, so this really is home, though I could do without the humid summers.
I enjoyed seeing photos of many things that I also saw. In fact, the Brooklyn I was with her when I photographed it for myself. She, I believe did this early in the morning, which has given it lovely light.
How long have you been taking photos and why was the second question.
Creativity has always been the driving force in my life. As an adult, I spent my time creating and managing the content of websites, publishing e-newsletters, throwing parties with elaborate themes, and stage managing theatrical productions. Though everything I immersed myself in revolved around visual communication design, strangely, photography was never something I tackled.
It wasn’t until January 2014, spurred by an “ah-hah” moment after applying for and not getting a job in a communications department, that I decided to really put effort into learning about photography. My blog (an outgrowth from all the skills I had developed from all my other creative pursuits) was born at the same time as a way to track my progress and keep myself accountable. Now, I can’t imagine my life without photography. Every thing I see, I see from a photographic standpoint. Even when I watch movies or television, I take note of the composition of the scenes, the lights and shadows, the depth of field. Anyone else out there do this?
There is something quite iconic about many of Stacy’s images. I don’t know if that is something she intended, or whether it is something that we all seem to end up doing, which is to photograph the iconic and well known buildings of where we are. As I looked through her blog I found many of them, and it was great to see them photographed so well.
I asked about inspiration.
At first, because I really didn’t know where to start, I drew inspiration from various photo challenges on WordPress. If I didn’t have an opportunity to get out and shoot, I would look through old photos for ones I could use. I became aware of the role of post-processing and began to try my hand at that. I look back at so many of my earlier photos now and say “yikes!”; on the other hand, each one is part of my journey in finding and developing my photographic voice.
Today, my inspiration comes from the energy of urban centers. I enjoy shooting urban landscapes and architecture, with some street photography thrown in from time to time. I’ve become infatuated with New York City. The energy of the streets and the photographic opportunities are non-stop. I would love someday to live there, even if only for a short period of time. I would also love to return to Paris, knowing what I do now about photography.
No matter where I’ve been or where I continue on my photographic journey, though, inspiration from one source has remained constant: my fellow WordPress photographers. I am awed by what you see through your lenses and how you capture it. Each of you continues to challenge me to develop my eye and my skills, and for that, I am forever grateful. In fact, I credit Leanne’s Monochrome Madness for challenging me to try my hand at black and white photography – a medium I have absolutely come to love.
I can’t help looking at some of her shots of New York and feeling a little jealous that I didn’t get the same. I guess it is good when you can visit a place often and I understand that Stacy does and I think it is fantastic that she really gets some great images. I guess what I am saying is that it is the advantage of living somewhere or getting to visit it often, you get more than one opportunity to photograph it. I think these images are great. I didn’t realize that lights came on, and if I had known I might have stuck around a little longer. Might have.
Was there any special about the way she worked was my next question.
There are so many photographers using so many different types of technology to capture so many different genres of photos from so many different corners of the world (have I used enough “so’s”?) – and the creativity of each never ceases to amaze me. But no two people will ever see the world around them in exactly the same way. So my work differs only because my photographs reflect how I see the world.
I like the way she sees the world too, and I find similarities with how I do as well, which is probably why I am very drawn to her work. She has a great way of seeing the world.
My last question was about gear.
I had a Nikon D90 for a number of years (left perpetually on “auto” mode), and moved into a D7100 last September. But I found carrying it around to be cumbersome. I kept hearing and reading about this wonderful little camera called the Fuji X100T. In April, I rented one for 10 days — and I am now a Fuji mirrorless devotee! I’ve taken shots from the top of the Empire State Building to landscapes at the beach; from long exposures to panoramas; from 200 ISO to 6200 – it’s an absolute gem! And it goes everywhere with me. Anyone in need of a Nikon?
- Fuji X100T 23mm (35mm equivalent) f2.0 fixed lens
- Fujifilm WCL-X100 Wide Angle Conversion Lens (28 mm equivalent)
- Fujifilm TCL-X100 Telephoto Conversion Lens (50 mm equivalent)
- B&W 10-stop NDF
- ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover 30i Camera Bag
- MeFoto GlobeTrotter Aluminum Travel Tripod
- NEC 24-inch wide gamut color calibrated monitor
- Lightroom/Photoshop Creative Cloud
I did say if she had anything else to say to let me know and she added the following.
Many thanks to Leanne for featuring me in her “Introduction” Series. I was fortunate to spend two days with her in New York City just a few weeks ago – days filled with lots of adventure, lots of talking, lots of laughter, and lots of walking – and she is as lovely and giving in person as she is on her blog! Looking forward to the next time, Leanne!
It was my pleasure Stacy, I feel fortunate too. I can’t wait for next time Stacy, I would love it if it was here, then I can show you around, but hey, anywhere in the world would be good.
I really want to thank Stacy, not only for her time in New York, but also for giving me permission to feature her and her photography on my blog. She runs her own challenge and I think you should go to her blog, Visual Venturing and check that out, plus all the other great photography that is there. I am going to include a gallery now of some of the images that I thought were fantastic.