I guess I’ve always loved photos and perhaps it’s an inherited interest from my grandmother (who sends me envelopes of family photos on a regular basis). I started thinking critically about how to make my pictures better when I was in high school and still using disposable cameras. It should come as no surprise then that when I graduated, the one thing I asked for was a camera!
My first digital camera was an Olympus E-500 which served me well for seven and a half years. During that camera era, I took my camera all over the world from England to Vietnam and Korea to Pakistan. In the process, I learned about lighting, shutter speeds, lenses, aspect ratios, composition, and simply how to ask for permission to photograph something (or someone).
In 2011, I finally took the plunge and invested money into a semi-pro camera. Today I’m shooting with the Olympus E-5 —a camera that challenges me everyday and has helped me expand my abilities in ways I didn’t know I could. I find that using a camera I love encourages me to get out and photograph more, and I’m a happier person because of it.
For me, photography is about documenting something—a feeling, a look, an event… I get a great deal of joy seeing something beautiful and being able to recreate it digitally, and when I look at my photos—no matter how much time has passed since their creation—I still feel the same things I felt when I took them. I hope to aunthentically replicate life and record it so that one day when my memory fails me, I’ll look back and know I lived a full life.
About Kortney Thoma
Kortney Thoma is an American photographer currently residing in Sydney, Australia.
She has been featured in the Korean Herald and Persephone magazine where she currently writes a regular column on photography. Kortney occassionally accepts commissioned work and was the official photographer for the 2010 Sydney Reel Dance Film Festival and the 2009 Newtown Festival. She has also been featured at Circular Quay in Sydney in association with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.