So Antony is a photographer I’ve come to know a little through G+. His website is quite interesting i’m sure when you check it out you’ll know what I mean. Anyway his style is something a little different for RAW so I hope you all enjoy it.
Tell us a little about yourself?
I always stumble on this question. It’s difficult to describe oneself. I wonder how much my answer would change during the course of a year ? I could tell you that I was born in London, and that I currently live in Germany, but that doesn’t really bide well for a good interview. I could tell you that I was a successful business owner, and then spent 3 weeks living on the streets, homeless. Things change, and we have to adjust, new things come into our lives, photography entered mine.
What made you get into photography?
I think photography got into me. It was one of those things in life that we discover that we either enjoy, or are good at. The things that are undiscovered until we actually try them. I often wondered, and still do I guess, if I’m actually a really good guitarist or tennis player. I’ve just not tried. Photography has probably been sitting dormant inside of me for years, and it’s only now that I’m able to use it as a form of expression.
How did you get started?
I’m still getting started. Nikon d40 is where it all began, this was the foundation, the cornerstone of my passion. Everything was built on this. I chose to shoot only Manual from day one, so I made all my big mistakes here. I went through the flower, fruit, reflections in windows, people on the phone, fisheye, motion and nighttime long exposure phases pretty quickly. So this left me with the bare basics of me, my camera, and my imagination.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
My personal work is a little like an untried recipe at the moment, I’m using many different ingredients and waiting to see what the final dish looks and tastes like before revealing it to the table. I’m not sure what it is that I’m looking for, but I guess I’ll know it when I see it. My “paid work” does have a style to it, some like it, some don’t. I look for spirit, I look behind the eyes and into the heart. I want to capture more than what we see on the outside. For me, there’s nothing worse than a picture of a person smiling at the camera, on demand. There’s no truth in that. My best work is done when the subject isn’t looking at me at all.
What gear are you using?
My growing arsenal you mean ? I need to make sure the wife isn’t reading this ! My workhorse is my d5000, it enjoys a varied life as I’ve moved from zoom, to prime lenses only. What’s the point of having a car if it drives itself ? Recently, when I was in my “street photographer” dip, I bought myself an FE2. This simple act was one of the most valuable lessons ever. It taught me to stop and think about my shots, about what goes in, and what stays out. My influence on the viewer. A Holga 35mm, a Canon AE-1, and a Lensbaby Composer Pro have been my playthings of late. With varying results !!
Whats your favourite lens and why?
My favourite lens tends to be the one that’s behaving itself. The one that’s understanding what I want to achieve from the shot. The one I’m in relationship with. I try to put a lens on and keep it on until I find a kind of peace with it. The only way it’s going to be my best friend is if I spend time with it, asking it questions, listening to it’s answers, finding out what it likes, and dislikes. I look at lenses as an extension of me, of how I see, and sometimes, how I want to see the world.
How are you marketing yourself?
It seems the textbook answer would be via Social Media, but I prefer word of mouth, let my work promote itself. I feel that if you’re confident in what you do, you’ll talk direct to the buyer, as opposed to rely on a potential click. I speak to people, in real life. My photography business model is different to most, I have no idea how long I will keep it up, but for the moment it works well for everyone. “Pay What You Want” allows me to share the gift of photography to those who otherwise would never be able to enjoy it.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
I’ve still not taken this photo. ( But will furnish you with a “for now” image )
The fav. picture is a relatively new one, taken at Lake Constance. I like it as it executes perfectly what I want from all my pictures. Silence. When I look at a picture, mine or otherwise, I want to be brought to silence. To be alone with the image in my head and my heart.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
I’m certainly not qualified to answer this. But what would I say to anyone starting out ….. make your mistakes quickly, think beyond the image, learn to lose your preconceptions of what you see, enjoy the world.