Photographer of the Day: Dan Lidon

ADC Member loves "the deceptiveness of photography"

August is Photography Month here on the ADC blog. Among other stories and articles, we will be featuring a different photographer every weekday of the month. Some are seasoned professionals, some are young up and comers, and some are just amateur shutterbugs taking snapshots on the side. One thing they have in common: they are all ADC Members, part of our globe-spanning creative community. We hope that you enjoy their work as much as they love creating it!


Headshot2DAN LIDON
Philadelphia, PA, USA
danlidon.com
610-905-0208
dan@danlidon.com


 

How old were you when you took an interest in photography?

My story about getting started in photography has become somewhat clichéd now amongst guys my age, but I picked up my first camera when I was around 12 years old, so I could photography my friends skateboarding in our parents driveways. It quickly became more that, when I realized I enjoyed taking portraits of my friends, rather than them doing skate tricks in supermarket parking lots.

What do you love most about photography as an artform?

It’s weird to say, but I actually enjoy the deceptiveness of photography. I like that sometimes a good photograph is full “smoke and mirrors”, but it makes it more entertaining for the viewer. I like when someone who isn’t a photographer will see a photograph and ask me “how did they do that!?”. Even with Photoshop becoming a more common knowledge, photography can still hold an air of mystery.

What is your favorite thing to shoot?

Put simply, I like photographing people having fun.

I like creating these fun portraits mainly because it’s what I’ve always photographed. It all stems back to my friends joking around on their skateboards and me catching them in the moment.

“…I actually enjoy the deceptiveness of photography. I like that sometimes a good photograph is full “smoke and mirrors”, but it makes it more entertaining for the viewer.”

What is your favorite piece of equipment?

My favorite piece of equipment is my old 4×5 press camera from the 1940s. I only use it a few times a year, but the photos it takes always come out great, and it’s just a beautiful thing to look at on my desk. I’m a sucker for antiques.

Which person most inspires your photographic passion? Which professional photographers do you look up to?

I’ve always looked up to great cinematographers and directors of photography for inspiration. Guys like Roger Deakins, Robert Richardson, Robert Elswit. You can take any single frame out of one of their films and hang it on the wall of a gallery.