Interviews

Interviews are listed with the most recent first. Listings with a ? are interviews that have been completed within the past week.

  • CJ Rider
    Q: While this is a photograph, I love your paintings as well, which method do you prefer photography or painting?
    My artwork is so intertwined that I find it difficult to choose one over the other. The thing is, if I am not painting in the field or from life, I use my photos to paint from.  I do love to paint and it has a high level of satisfaction, however there is also nothing like looking at a disk of photos for the first time after an outing!  When you comb through them and find that one little gem of a shot (well, hopefully it’s more than one) that you know has a special “wow” factor; – well, I think we all know how great that feels! Then there is Photoshop, which is a great vortex of time consuming fun too! One medium leads to the other for me which is why I enjoy them them fairly  …
  • Damaso Carrillo— 2009-12-18
    Q: What words of wisdom would you offer someone aspiring to become an artist?
    Frankly I am not thinking about being the person very suitable to give council, but I will dare to say that attention, perseverance, and hard work are the props that can forge a future artist. …
  • Greg Straub — 2009-12-15
    Q: Based on your photography it would appear you have done some traveling from the Smokey Mountains to the Grand Canyon. What inspired you to submit ‘Sunset 6’ into this contest?
    I have visited over 30 National Parks, monuments and historical site and have seen allot of sunsets but there is nothing like seeing a sunset from above the clouds. …
  • Timothy Smith — 2009-12-15
    Q: What was your inspiration to enter Babcok Mill in this contest?
    I wanted to get my work seen by others, my wife keeps telling me how good I am and I think I need to believe in me a bit more. …
  • Barbara McDevitt — 2009-12-12
    Q: Based on your biography it’s easy to see your passion for art. Can you pinpoint what drove your desire to be an accomplished artist?
    I can not remember when I didn’t enjoy looking at art work and wanting the ability to duplicate some of that beauty. I can still lose my breath for a moment when I come across a magnificent seascape. …
  • Daniele Smith — 2009-12-11
    Q: What drew you to photography initially?
    So many people in my family enjoy being behind the lens I think it was just natural to pick one up and see what happens. What keeps bringing me back though is recognizing it’s a bit meditative for me, and I enjoy what comes out of that. …
  • Dustin DeBoer — 2009-10-05
    Q: In regards to your Eagle Eyes photo that inspired me to contact you, what was your motivation for the shot?
    That day was a great day in 2009 when I was out doing what I need to do to relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. That was the day I spent planning a photography class trip over to the Mississippi River. I was with one other photographer, Robert Nix of Simply Photo, that day. He and his wife are members of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minnesota. The four captive eagles were there. They are there due to injuries, as they would not survive in the wild. Being that close to our nations majestic bird, 4-6 feet, was a special treasure. What motivated me to take this shot, I was that close to this majestic bird and it posed for me. I wanted to capture these birds in their entire splendor. This was one image of forty I took of these eagles. …
  • Andrei Shliakhau — 2009-09-18
    Q: In the fifteen years of photography as a hobby when did you realize it would lead to more?
    When I moved to the US four years ago (2005) I became friends with several nature photographers. I was very surprised to learn that they not only enjoyed their hobby of photography, but also were able to sell their work. It was almost impossible for me to do this back in Russia and Belarus due to harsh laws and government regulations for private businesses. The US is a country of many possibilities and opportunities. So when I received my first big order – 7 large format mounted and framed photographs – I realized that this is also additional income for my family. Well, right now almost all that I make with my photography goes right back into it. …
  • Ken Gimmi — 2009-06-19
    Q: What drew you into photography initially?
    I had a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera as a kid. I loved taking pictures with my little box camera where ever I went. When I got into college I started to do darkroom work with my film and making black and white prints. I used a series of cameras including a twin lens reflex, a ranger finder 35 mm and a Single lens reflex camera. I started to find out the advantages of interchangeable lenses. Most of the time I took black and white and slides. …