Interview with David Paul Larson

David Paul Larson is a man who knows what he wants and dosesn’t wait around for it to happen, rather he’s the kinda man who goes out and gets it. Talking to David I learned that no matter your situation if you want something, it’s up to you to make it happen. It takes work, motion, commitment, drive and passion, not just one, but all these qualities to get your desired result.

David spends his time doing what he loves, and that is filmmaking and photography. He turns his lens towards what he loves and interests him, people. Looking at his work, you realise he’s not afraid to get intimate and be in the moment. He has a way of getting a photograph that captures what he’s looking, admiring and appreciating right in front of him that is uniquely his.

What existentialism taught me about life and photography

From the philosophers, Jean-Paul Sartre & Albert Camus I’ve found myself questioning everything in my life regarding existentialism and photography, passion, knowledge, devotion & skill over the past two years, soul searching if you will. What I’ve learned is there is no purpose or meaning to something unless you give it one. Essentially existentialists believe that an individual has and can control their own free will to choose and act. People make decisions based on what has meaning to them, rather than what is rational. What I mean by this is if your photography makes you happy, then it makes you happy because you give it value and purpose in your life, and that it is of your own free will that you give photography these values.

Interview with Rachel Claire

Rachel Claire is a person who is passionate about the experiences that come with travel and what broadens your horizons. To open yourself up to new people and moments that turn into memories. Memories that can shape you into who you are and give you a place of hope in times of need.

She believes that it’s the people around you that make you who you are. She’s a photographer who believes that we are always changing and learning to become a better individual. When I got in contact with Rachel I felt her enthusiasm right away, with arms wide open. Her values, work ethic and views on life shine through her photography. From the temples in Cambodia, Egypt and Lybia to the place she calls home, in Western Australia. Rachel’s work has the feeling of humbleness, capturing moments in time that share stories you want to be a part of.

The number one challenge

One camera, one lens, one film/preset, one year. The number one photography challenge is as simple as that, and at the same time incredibly difficult as well. This challenge at the end of it, promises to change your approach and style as a photographer. I originally got the idea from David Brommer and tweaked it a little. Originally the idea was to find your style but I turned it into a way to simplify a photographers workflow, style and life.

Camera fundamentals

This little post is for anyone new to photography and camera fundamentals. I will be covering the basic three fundamental functions of a camera. Every camera on the market uses Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO to control the amount of light recorded. Let’s dive a little deeper into each of these functions and look at the unique qualities these settings bring to your photograph.

The only camera I need

They say the tool isn’t as important as the craftsman holding it, but it sure does make their life easy when its a good one. I’ve gone through my fair share of cameras and brands before I finally stumbled upon my camera of choice the Leica M, my Zen camera. Because holding it and using it becomes so peaceful and intuitive. I know every dial, button and movement. The camera really becomes an extension of your hand and eye. I can’t explain the feeling you get when using a Leica M, it’s addictive. Having a tool that makes my life easy and helps me work more effortlessly, is Zen to me.

What Magnum photographers have taught me

What Magnum photographers have taught me and what I never noticed till now about Magnum photographers is how raw their photos are. The don’t sugarcoat or glamorise anything. No fancy filters or post processing. Just raw images. I always thought to myself, their images aren’t innovative in terms of technique, but rather captivating because of the subject matter and stories they are documenting. So what goes into making a great photograph?