|why did you sign up for instagram in the first place?
My original intent to start “gramming” was to expand my exposure to so many wonderful sources of photography; to be a “spectator” rather than a “contributor.” But while there, I figured it would be strange to purely lurk, so posting became apart of the sparkle. It was always my belief that everyone has something to offer… that inspiration originates from the smallest of places, not just the big ones, and Instagram offered exactly that! To be able to hold all this talent, creativity, and emotion, in the palm of your hand by way of a mobile device is simply fascinating to me.
would you call yourself a creative?
When I thought about this question, my answer turned out to be more complex than I expected. You see, i often thought of myself as, yes, creative; of course that is until I found my way to flickr and Instagram. The social media arena is, for me, a very overwhelming experience. When you find a vehicle that offers an instant look at what people are doing, their ideas, their work, their expressions, it really begins to humble you. I can’t even begin to count how many times I have said, “How did they do that?”, ”How did they even think to do that?”, or simply, “That is amazing!” In the grand comparison of online expression? I really do, in the end, find it difficult to call myself creative.
when did you first pick up a camera and fall in love with photography?
I first picked up a camera in a high school photography class. During this time, and although fun, I really don’t think my heart and mind had enough maturity to take it seriously. Or maybe it was too much adolescent indecisiveness, and the want to chase girls…. whatever it was, I was not ready. Don’t get me wrong.. I did score an “A” in the class, but definitely did not call it a passion like I do now. Fast forward to around 2009 when i was invited to my first NASCAR race. Racing and cars have been an interest of mine since i could drive, and when the opportunity came to be right in the thick of it, I knew I needed something substantial to document it. It was then that I purchased my first DSLR and a bunch of lenses and well, “the rest is history.”
your profile says Honolulu, Hawaii – have you ever been to the mainland?
Yes I have, although born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, I have been to the mainland several times; California, New York, Chicago, Maryland, and Virginia specifically. If I had to pick a favorite place to visit, I would have to say New York. That city is so alive, and full of energy…not to mention a photographers/IG’ers playground!!
you sometimes have a quote to go along with your picture (which i think is rad by the way) which do you find first?
Glad to hear you like the quotes! I’m a bit of a quote freak. I love quotes! Aside from photography as a expression, quotes often say the things you want to say, but maybe can’t quite find the words to do so. I almost always match the quote to the image. There are times when I look at an image I took and say to myself, “this is a perfect shot for that quote that I love.” I do admit there has been instances where I have gone out and specifically produced an image as a means to visually translate the words, and further its emotions.
your instagram photos – iphone only?
I would say that 90% of my IG posts are iphone. When I do post something “non-iphone” I usually hashtag the piece of equipment I used such as #canon, #Fujifilm, #x100, #xe1. The coolest thing about “iphoneography” is that the phone is always with you.. so much potential right in your pocket! And the results are nearly instantaneous!
do you have a favourite photo editing app?
My favorite app has to be VSCO hands down. I do use Photoshop Express, Camera+, Snapseed, and Average Cam Pro. Average Cam Pro has to be a close second since it allows me to simulate long exposure shots. I will admit its not uncommon for me to use three different apps for one image. In fact, it is a joke amongst my friends and even my wife, when I actually post something in under 5 minutes. Haha!
printed photographs vs. digital images – go.
There is definitely a soft spot for prints. In my honest opinion prints are reserved for the images that truly speak to you. Does it stir your emotions? Does it call out for conversation? Does it say something that you have not found the words for? if so, then it belongs on print. Period!
Digital images are wonderful in their own right. Really…how else can you get lost in hundreds of images that inspire. If I told you there are hundreds of fantastic photos you have to see in those 7 shoeboxes, you’d have to sit down with me so long we could call it a long term relationship! Digital images allow viewers to browse through images when they want, how long they want, and have it ready in a moment, when their heart’s desire. Easy Peazy at the tips of your fingers! How cool is that?
coffee or tea?
Coffee! Straight up, no frills, black coffee! I prefer out of a press, but if its good coffee, I’ll take it how it comes. I do take my espresso at Starbucks with some condensed milk from time to time to change it up, and when the Seasonal drinks come up there I will indulge in those. But overall…coffee, not blood, runs through my veins. At least my transfusions, should I ever need it, will be cheaper. Ha!
other than yourself, of course, who would you suggest we follow?
Wow! I thought you were writing a blog, not a novel. ; ) Where do I start??? I mentioned once before that IG has so many people that offer inspiration and talent, that it would be impossible to start. My suggestion? Just browse through the people I follow. I hate to sound like a department store but there is practically something for everyone! I suppose if I had to pick one who has been an influence, even a mentor, not only in Instagram, but Photography in general, it would be @artchang. I met Art through his also amazingly talented girlfriend, @issata a few years ago on flickr. Since then, I am happy to not only call them “contacts” but also my friends. Which leads me to the other super rad thing about flickr and Instagram (or any other common interest social format), the people you meet. After all, if it weren’t for all of this, I wouldn’t have the privilege of writing this to you. And with that said… “Thank you, Becky!”
thank YOU @condition1 - it’s been a pleasure.