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Evolution of an Image: SimplyTapp, Inc.

Evolution of an Image: SimplyTapp, Inc.

Earlier this year, my wife and I decided to move from Springfield, Missouri, the place where we were born and raised, to Austin, Texas, where Kara found work as an Oncology nurse. We moved in to our new place last month and have been enjoying our time getting to know a new city. This week has been especially encouraging to me as I've landed my first freelance gig, making head and shoulders portraits for tech startup, SimplyTapp, Inc. Tom from SimplyTapp contacted me late the week before the shoot to see what I could do for them. We quickly brokered an arrangement within their budget and[...]
Introducing Siobhan Arnold

Introducing Siobhan Arnold

Siobhan Arnold is a professor at Southwestern College, MiraCosta College, and University of California San Deigo and a fine artist.  Starting as a painter, she quickly adopted photography and mixed media installation.  Keep reading to learn how she creates her own subject matter and how it’s informed by historical painting and feminism.  [...]
Introducing Stuart Pilkington

Introducing Stuart Pilkington

Stuart Pilkington is a photographer and curator from the UK who splits his time between making portraits in small towns in Northwest England and facilitating collaborative photography projects that span the globe.  Keep reading to learn more about these collaborations and how he approaches strangers on the streets. How did you get started? I started photographing in the early 90's at the age of 21. It had nothing to do with an aesthetic, but with documentation. I wrote every day what I had been doing and used an Instamatic to document it. At 27, I bought a 35mm Minolta SL[...]
Introducing Rizzhel Javier

Introducing Rizzhel Javier

Rizzhel Javier is a photography professor at MiraCosta College and fine artist who incorporates photography, video, and sculpture into her pieces.  Keep reading to learn about her interest in historical photographic objects and the personal nature of her work. How did you get started? I found photography spontaneously. I did ceramics for eight or nine years. When I graduated high school, I went to Humboldt State University. I was taking ceramics classes there, but ended up connecting with one of the teaching assistants, Joshua Unterman, and took a photo class he was TA-ing [...]
Introducing Dana Fritz

Introducing Dana Fritz

Dana Fritz is a fine artist and professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, whose work centers around cultivated landscapes.  In this interview, she expresses her gratitude to be in the places she photographs and tells us what exactly a landscape is. How did you get started? My mom was an obsessive documentarian and photographed everything we did in our lives. We had mountains of photo albums. There were always cameras around. My mom wasn't a camera nerd, she just wanted the memories preserved. She was always photographing, so making photographs was normal for me. [...]
Introducing Vicki Reed

Introducing Vicki Reed

Vicki Reed is a fine art photographer based out of Cedarburg, Wisconsin who is fascinated by a wide variety of photographic processes.  Keep reading to find out how her time as a photojournalist has affected her personal work and what new processes have her excited.   How did you get started? After I helped my husband get through graduate school, we settled in Evansville, Indiana. I had received my bachelor's degree in Psychology in Maine decided that I couldn't do much in that field without having a graduate degree. However, before pursuing a graduate degree [...]
Introducing Stefan Lux

Introducing Stefan Lux

Stefan Lux is a photographer in Hamburg, Germany whose care for people is evident in the gentle and affectionate nature of his black and white photographs.  Keep reading to find out how Stefan develops trust in his subjects while they are their most vulnerable. How did you get started? In the 70's my father gave me a little click camera. I photographed everything I saw. I loved having the photos after they were developed and showed them off. At school, I was in a group that went out to take landscapes and developed them in the school's dark room. After graduating, [...]
Introducing Chris Friel

Introducing Chris Friel

Chris Friel is a sound recordist based in Whitstable, UK. When he's not working the grind, he's rambling about his local neighborhood taking snaps of what he finds.  Keep reading to find out what he loves about photography and how he achieves his signature style. How did you get started? I was a painter for many years. About nine years ago I bought a camera to photograph some paintings for a show because I was fed up with paying for a photographer. It was about the time that digital cameras were becoming useful. I became excited with the possibilities and I stopped painti[...]
Introducing Marc Llach

Introducing Marc Llach

Marc Llach is a professional photographer in Catalonia, specializing in architecture and interior design.  His personal work emphasizes the relationship between people and the urban landscape.  Read to learn what motivates his formal and organized cityscapes and what advice he has for budding artists. In addition to my professional assignments, I’m also making personal projects about urban landscapes. I’m interested in how these landscapes defines us as a society. In a formal way my photos are organized, clean and direct. Can you describe your photographs? In a f[...]
Introducing Gareth Bragdon

Introducing Gareth Bragdon

Gareth Bragdon is a photographer from Scotland.  Currently, he is studying at Edinburgh College, but takes to the streets of Edinburgh to make confrontational portrait's of the people he finds there.  Read on to learn how he interacts with those individuals and how he achieves his dramatic lighting.    Tell me a little bit about yourself. I'm 25 years old and was born in New Hampshire. I grew up in a military family and moved around a lot. My brother Gavin and I moved to Edinburgh about 5 years ago. I'm studying commercial photography courses at a college and enjoying it f[...]
Introducing Alex Harding

Introducing Alex Harding

Alex Harding is a painter turned photographer who uses the camera to develop a greater understanding of light as a thing.  Based out of Connecticut, this Mass Art graduate spends his days teaching classes at the University of Hartford and assisting at the Yale University Art Gallery.  Read to learn why he switched from painting to photography and about his obsession with light.     How did you get started? I was never inclined toward art, but as a kid I always liked Vincent Van Gogh. It wasn't until my junior and senior year of high school that I discovered, throug[...]
Introducing Ryan Mills

Introducing Ryan Mills

Ryan Mills is a fine art photographer based out of Spokane, Washington. Currently, he works with 4x5 black and white film making provoking and emotional portraits of his friends and family, primarily concentrating on children.  Read to learn why he works with large format cameras and about his time spent with legendary photographer, Jock Sturges. What qualifies as a good image is lost because everyone is exposed to so many photos. Are you a full time photographer? No, at this point its about the art side of it. Making money in photography has become much more d[...]
Introducing Emanuela Franchini

Introducing Emanuela Franchini

Emanuela Franchini is a commercial photographer based in London.  She concentrates on making playful self portraits in her personal work.  Read on to learn how her work caught the attention of The Strokes and how viewers impart unintended meaning to her pictures. How did you get started? I remember my dad being very protective of his camera when I was very young.  It made me jealous.  I always thought, “as soon as I can, I want my own camera to play with”.  Eventually I got one as a present when I was eight and started playing with it like crazy. It was a film camera, [...]