The mysterious world of back and white photography. To get it right requires a special eye and Drew’s eye is one of those special ones. His black and white landscape portfolio is well developed but he also has a healthy portfolio of astrotography which is definitely worth a look. Check it out and don’t forget to share it around 🙂
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m 30 years old, a husband, a physicist, and a fine art photographer. I live in New Mexico where I use my degree in physics to fund my photography addiction.
What made you get into photography?
I like to have creative outlets, such as music and art. Photography is one of those, and it allows me to express my vision more exactingly than I can often accomplish otherwise. It lets me pick out what I find interesting and express emotions.
How did you get started?
Astronomy. I wanted to photograph the night sky to show what I knew was there if only my eyes could integrate longer. My first failed efforts with film are what started the learning curve to understand the technical side of photography. Creativity and a need for an outlet were (and are) the driving force behind the artistic side. I was able to get my first digital camera to do what I really wanted infrequently, but one early success helped fuel my desire to continue. I started really learning the technical side once I got a DSLR. Artistically, I think my work didn’t have much real direction until I saw Michael Kenna’s book, Hokkaido. I’d never seen anything like that: it was very inspiring. I continue to learn and to push myself to make better photographs.
What sort of photography do you mainly do?
Black and white fine art, though I do enjoy working with colour, too. Lightning is one of my specialties, but I can only shoot that a couple months out of the year here in New Mexico. I also like astrophotography, landscape, and wide variety of subject matter. I tend to shoot for square crop, but each photo is different. I like simplicity and strive to create aesthetically pleasing and impacting work.
What gear are you using?
I currently use a Canon 5D Mark II with various lenses and telescopes.
What’s your favourite lens and why?
My favorite lens varies with what I’m shooting. My most used is still the 24-105mm. I like the flexibility and quality it provides for a wide variety of photography.
How are you marketing yourself?
Primarily through the web with a little word of mouth in there, too. Currently: my website, flickr, 500px, and fotoblur. Marketing is something I’m starting to think more about in order to gain more interest in my photography.
Whats your favourite photo you have taken?
That changes depending on my mood and what work I’ve been doing recently. My favourite photo right now is a lightning shot from this past August. I really like the layering in the mountains from the rain, the details in the falling rain, especially the curl from a down burst at lower left. Of course, I love the lightning there, too.
Advice for new photographers looking to go pro?
Challenge yourself to always learn and improve. Be critical of your own work, but keep that grounded in reason. The internet has given countless photographers a place to show their work, so being noticed may take time and certainly effort: don’t give up too soon. Don’t sacrifice your artistic vision for anyone.