I am starting a new series on the blog where I feature artists, whether photographer, painter, sculptor, designer, illustrator, or anything else, that I admire and appreciate their work. I don’t know how regular this will be, but something I will come back to from time to time.
In my first featured artist spot, I am promoting photographer Christopher Lane, and no, I am not so narcissistic to feature myself (I do that enough already through this blog!). This is the Christopher Lane that comes up first when you search Google for Christopher Lane photography.
A brief bit about him, he is an English born editorial photographer currently based out of the New York and New Jersey area. He has won numerous awards including having his work shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2005/2006 and has worked for clients such as American Airlines, Business Week, ESPN Magazine, New York Magazine, and Newsweek.
Christopher was kind enough to agree to an interview. Here following are the questions and answers. A huge thanks to Christopher for the time he put into this, and if you would like to see more of his work or contact please go to his website. All work shown is copyright Christopher Lane, photographer.
When and how did you get into photography?
Seriously (I mean more than 5 rolls a year) when taking my intro class to photography in school. My girlfriend (now wife) actually was shooting 4×5 at the time and I was captivated.
What kind of equipment/camera/lenses do you use?
I went digital about 3 years ago and Use a Canon 5d and Mark III but still shoot film and like my Mamiya and sometimes the Hassleblad.
How do you find your subjects and how do you approach them for photos?
I usually fall into my subjects and obviously ask permission for a formal shot but rarely on the street.
How do you connect with your subjects and direct them for the shot you want?
I really think it depends how you are feeling I think people have a subconscious sense. NYC is probably one of the most difficult places to photograph, however, if I have allot of good energy I rarely get a no, but if I am not totally committed or don’t feel great I find people can sense that.
Do you have a favorite story from shooting a series or subject?
Probably the Veterans series as I truly wished the US government would sit down with a 100 and listen to their stories. Quite eye opening.
How do you like shooting high powered people or celebrities, such as Barack Obama?
Honestly, high powered people or celebrities are the least interesting to photograph. It has the cool factor but I personally find them uninteresting. Time is usually limited and no real conversation can be engaged.
If you get a creative block, how do you overcome it?
I never get a creative block, but more like a lack creative enthusiasm. For some reason you just do not feel like being creative. A step back usually works by doing other hobbies or by going to galleries for inspiration.
What do you find intriguing about portraiture that keeps you to that genre?
It is more New York likes to pigeon hole you into a particular genre. I actually was a documentary photographer as well and sometimes like to shoot landscape and beauty.
What kind of lighting setup do you typically use?
Wow, it all depends on the help, the production, but I try and keep it as simple as possible. For allot of my portraits I just use one light.
What are you trying to accomplish through your photos?
Usually something beyond the photograph. I try and have a viewpoint either socially or politically.
How much do you post-process/retouch?
None if possible. I am no good!
What do you like and dislike about being a photographer?
You get crazy access sometimes. It is great being in a situation that you would never be in otherwise. Dislike would be that there is no schedule. Weekends are often workdays.
Do you have a rep or how do you get your work?
No rep, but I am a contributor for Getty. allot is building relations but ideally I think it is good to have a rep.
Any interesting new projects coming up?
Just starting one in England with my sister that’s more of a Social documentary.
What kind of advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Really figure out what you like or want to do. It always shows in the work if you are passionate about it.
And most importantly, cake or pie?
Pork pie (really don’t understand the Q)
That’s it, hope you liked the first Featured Artist post. If you have anyone you think should be spotlighted, let me know in the comments below or send me a message.
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