First of all I want to apologise for the lack of these posts. I keep forgetting to find new people, but I will try and see who I can find for future ones.
Today I would like to introduce you to Suzzanna Flanagan. She is a woman who works on the magazine with me, she is helping me with my book and she is also a friend. We often go out together to take photos.
It is funny looking through her photos as many of them are very similar to mine. We have been out many times together taking photos.
I asked her where in the world she was, well I know, but for you.
I live in Melbourne, Australia and take many of my photo’s in Melbourne, the state of Victoria and whenever I am lucky enough to travel overseas – I’m off to Singapore in July and can’t wait to see what I can capture.
Going through her photos there is a love of wildlife in her work. I know she loves going to the zoo and taking photos of the animals and birds there. Once again, somewhere I have often gone with her.
I asked her how long she had been taking for and why.
I bought my first SLR camera for a 3 month overseas holiday in 2000 and didn’t take it off auto! At the end of the holiday the camera was put away and it still sitting in the draw gathering dust. However, in 2011 I started to get interested again and bought my current DSLR.
I’ve always had an interest in art but never had the skills to be able to create something (I could copy, but not create) and I find that with photography I can do both – I can capture (copy) a scene and depending on the composition of the shot and the post processing (I only do some basic processing) I can ‘create’ an image that speaks to me.
More recently I have been doing the layout design for Leanne’s Dynamic Range Magazine and have gained another aspect of photography that I love doing; there is just something so satisfying about getting an article and a group of photos and coming up with the best possible way to display them both to their best advantage.
While we go out together for photography it is always interesting to see her photos as they are very different to mine, and really interesting.
I asked her about what inspires her.
For me, it’s all about the time and place. I often go out with Leanne Cole and I’m sure she is sick of me putting my camera away after taking a few photo’s because ‘I’m just not feeling it today’! Other times, I’ll take hundreds within the space of an hour or so and not want to leave where we are.
I love taking photos of landscapes, animals (I’m now into my second year of membership with the Melbourne Zoo!) and macro’s where I can without a macro lens.
While many of our trips have been around Melbourne I have taken her up to the Mallee a couple of times. I am fairly certain that she loves it up there too.
I asked her if there was anything special about the way she works.
I tend to think that we all see things differently and this applies to photography as much as anything else, and can be very surprised when a photo I think is great receives a lukewarm reaction and visa versa.
I’ll leave it to each of you to see if there is anything in my work that ‘speaks’ to you in particular.
There are a lot of travel photos in the mix as well. Suzzanna loves to travel and her photography skills have improved a lot as she gets more and more experience.
I asked her what gear she uses.
I use a Canon EOS 550D and my go to lens us a Tamron 18-270mm f3.5-6.3 (which is a great lens to taken when travelling, as it has such a great range and I can generally get away with just talking this one). I also have a Canon 17/40mm and a 50mm, although these don’t get taken out of the camera bag as much as I probably should!
I have a gallery of some images that I like for you now.