How I discovered the work of todays Introduction is very different to the way I usually do. Really he discovered me, so to speak, in that he sent me an email about something, and it got me curious. I looked at his blog and really liked the work I saw. So today I would like to introduce you to Chris and his blog C R Photography.
There are some great images on his site and the perspectives of some of them, like the one above are great. I love seeing work that I think I can learn from.
I asked Chris why he takes photos.
I take on a very poetic-philosophic approach to my photography. Ultimately, I make photos because it’s therapeutic for me. It allows me to focus my mind into something creative.
As you go through his blog you will see there is a large variety of work and he photographs many things. There is a concept in the art work, that you have to be one particular type of artist, in that you specialise in a particular area or genre, I think is the right term. In photography we see it all the time, you are a landscape photographer or a portrait photographer, but I think many of us just want to take photos. I like trying lots of different types, and I think perhaps Chris does too. I can see many different sorts of photography and a great variety amongst his work.
The second question, as always, was about inspiration.
If I’m photographing people, it’s the mysteriousness and the dynamic of people that inspires me. When I’m making photos of nature, it’s nature itself that inspires me. I pull from within for a large amount of my inspiration but occasionally some of my favourite poets and photographers inspire me as well.
There is something about the colours in his work, I find I am very drawn to them. When you see the work all together you can see what I mean. It is quite colourful, but I don’t mean in a loud way, it is subtle, but yet the colours and hues are strong. I’m sure I am not explaining myself very well, sorry, but I just like the colours.
I also asked Chris if there was anything special about the way he works.
Technically speaking, there’s not much that’s special about how I work. Shooting in manual mode is beneficial, but other than that it’s typically in being mindful and allowing all of my senses to be fully engaged. What this allows is for me to change from work or study mode, into a more peaceful and organic state. It, in a sense, allows me to become one with the subject to feel it in all it’s mysteriousness.
There are also quite a large number of black and white images on his blog as well. As we have seen here on Wednesday’s there is something about Black and White images that really draw people in. It is still so popular, something about the romantic side of photography perhaps.
I asked Chris about his gear.
As a new photographer (I’ve only been shooting for a little over a year), I’ve only acquired a small amount of gear. I have a Canon 7D, Canon 50mm 1.4, Canon 28-135mm and a Tokina 11-16mm. I have some other accessories, like a cabled remote, an intervelometer, and that’s about it.
I have never photographed lightning like this. I tried it once out my front door, but wasn’t too successful. Must try it again some time, though usually when I hear a storm approaching, the only place I want to be is inside. I do envy those that can get images like this.
Chris told me that he is currently living in the UK, though his is originally from the US.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chris for allowing me to feature his blog, C R Photography, here on my website, and I would encourage you all to go and take a look as well, you won’t be disappointed. I have a small selection of his images for you to look at, but I suggest you go to his site, C R Photography, and see a whole lot more.