Photography August 6, 2014
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!
How old were you when you took an interest in photography?
High school; I was probably 15 years old. I was always the artsy kid, and in 11th and 12th grade I went to my local trade school for half the day taking the commercial arts class and knew then photography was my future.
What do you love most about photography as an artform?
The art form is what drives me to continue my personal projects and express my creativity in unconventional ways. What I admire about photography is the endless possibilities of creating visual images whether it may be a constructed subject or painting with light. In the digital era, making a photo goes beyond a traditional camera and opens more doors for more creativity. Working as a professional there’s a balance between the science and art of photography where I bring my unique vision while still following the creative direction of the client.
What is your favorite thing to shoot?
Food and beverage is my specialty and love every minute of it. Food brings people together unlike anything else, it’s something everyone can agree on.
“Food brings people together unlike anything else, it’s something everyone can agree on.”
What is it about food photography that drives you?
There’s a uniqueness to this, and can been seen through every culture possible. Being apart of that personally and professionally? I wouldn’t trade it for anything else!
What is your favorite piece of equipment?
The Phase One IQ 260, my medium format digital camera I shoot with.
Which person most inspires your photographic passion? Which professional photographers do you look up to?
Richard Avedon has been an inspiration to me from the beginning. He didn’t shoot food but I respect his work greatly and admire the creativity and emotion in each image. Other professional photographers I look up to are also photographers in my field. I don’t think I can name just one but a food and beverage photographer I admire in the Chicago area is Rob Grimm. He’s very informative in sharing knowledge of today’s competitive business.