Introductions – FATman Photos
Great name for a blog, reminds me of the movie Pitch Perfect when Rebel Wilson’s character tells people her name is Fat Amy, so people won’t call her that behind her back. Sorry, I am digressing. FATman Photos is the blog that is run by Adrian Lewis and he is in the United Kingdom (UK). I’ve known Adrian for a while now, and he was a big help in helping me decide that I wanted the D800.
When you go to Adrian’s blog, well when I go I am struck by a lot of black and white. There is a lot of monochrome images there, which probably explains why I like it so much right now. As I try and work out images for my own challenge, it is great to see a great variety of images and subjects on Adrian’s blog, it helps to see what is possible.
I did ask Adrian my standard questions, the first being why do you take photos.
I take photos because I have a deep-seated enjoyment for creating images. I have been like this for all of my life, I have always seen beautiful things all around. I inherited these tendencies and abilities from an artistic grandmother – myself and my cousin have both inherited her traits. After a life in science and analysis, it was only in 2003 that I started what I call “conscious photography”, i.e. consciously trying to make striking an/or beautiful images, rather than just relying on my built in, inherited instincts. Digital photography has greatly aided my endeavours.
I think part of that thing that drives me to like images is when there is something in them “that talks to me”, or perhaps something that I am really drawn to, and in this case it is how moody many of Adrian’s images are. I like images that are emotive, and there are many of those on his blog and site. I really like how he processes them to draw that out of them.
Inspiration is different for everyone, so I asked that question.
My inspiration is in the beauty that lies all around, if we take the time to look for and see it. Its a case of really seeing, rather than just looking or glancing at things
One of things that I enjoy is the different perspective. You never quite know how Adrian will photograph something. It would be interesting walking around taking photos with him. It is something that I try to do as well. I always try to look for that different perspective and try different things, but after looking at Adrian’s work, I can see that maybe I don’t do it enough.
We all work differently, so I asked Adrian if there was anything special about how he worked.
When I’m taking photographs I try to remain totally receptive, always open to my surroundings. I don’t hunt frantically for images, but rather just wait for them to appear. I like to cover a range of genres – anything that makes an interesting image really. My compositions are often graphic, and I strongly believe that lack of focus in images can be just as valuable as having everything in focus and sharp. But other than that there’s nothing special about the way I work.
I also like how some photographers can make the mundane looks fabulous. I have spoken about this before, and it is something that I think Adrian is really good at and something I would like to get better at.
The final questions was about kit, we all like to know what one another has.
I use Nikon D700 and D800 DSLRs, with a range of mainly Nikon lenses from 12mm to 400mm, and a Canon G11 PowerShot compact camera too.
I am going to put the images I have chosen from FATman Photos into a gallery now. I usually try to get a selection over time, but sometimes when you go to some blogs, it is like being a kid in a lolly shop, I’ll have one of those, and one of those and one of those. I kept finding images that I liked, too many. I would like to thank Adrian at this time for allowing me to showcase his blog FATman Photos and for the use of his images. I appreciate this Adrian, and I hope everyone will go and take a look at his work. I know many of you are concerned that you can’t always follow the blogs I show you, I understand that, but I do hope that doesn’t stop you from going to have a look at their work.