Contrasting perceptions first interview

Can I ask those of you who have yet to join the interesting group to do so and go read the interesting interview from our first challenge winner.

CONTRASTING PERCEPTIONS GROUP

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ARTISTS SILHOUETTE by Chick

Chick has been sent the below questions

1. Introduce yourself:
2. What inspires your Photography?
3. What would you say is your main focus within Photography (i.e. Floral Landscape)?
4. What type of camera equipment do you use?
5. Did you, and to what extent, use photo editing software (i.e. Photoshop)?
6. What great tips could you pass along to fellow Photographers?

Below is the resulting interveiw, a very interesting read it is too……

HI I’M CHICK FORREST ..BORN AND EDUCATED IN EDINBURGH (SCOTLAND )..MY ‘CAREER LIST’ COULD RUN TO THOUSANDS OF WORDS, BUT FOR YOU READERS I’VE ‘MADE A HEAVY ‘EDIT’! BEEN AROUND PHOTOGRAPHY MOST OF MY LIFE.. ( I’M NOW 63)…CAREER INCLUDES BEING A PRESS PHOTOGRAPHER ( WHICH I LOATHED).BBC TV FILM EDITOR IN LONDON.STUDIO OWNER.ART GALLERY OWNER… HAD MANY 1 MAN EXHIBITIONS IN THE UK ) ..ACTOR ( including roles in 2 Harry Potter films!).GUEST SPEAKER ON CRUISE SHIPS.( subject.’THE GOLDEN YEARS OF HOLLYWOOD) and CURRENTLY WRITING MY FIRST NOVEL..
WHAT INSPIRES ME IN PHOTOGRAPHY ?…..INTERESTING QUESTION…I SUPPOSE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING… OBSERVING..COLOUR / LIGHT / SHADE / SHADOWS / NATURE / THE SPIRIT OF PEOPLE ….
MY MAIN FOCUS WITHIN PHOTOGRAPHY ?..WOULD HAVE TO BE PORTRAITURE..I HAVE BEEN ‘TORTURED’ FOR YEARS IN THIS COMPELLING SUBJECT,I CALL IT ‘PHOTOGRAPHING THE SOLE ..LOOKING BEYOND JUST WHAT THE LENS CAN SEE, BUT ALSO HOW IT CAN MAKE YOU FEEL AS THE VIEWER OF THE PORTRAIT.
I HATE SO CALLED ‘HAPPY SNAPS’ AND POINTLESS GRINNING PEOPLE.THAT TELLS YOU NOTHING ABOUT YOUR SITTER!!
UNTIL LAST YEAR I ONLY SHOT FILM WITH HASSELBLAD 500C…THIS CAMERA HAS BEEN PART OF MY LIFE FOR 40 YEARS..NOW I USE AN OLYMPUS E300 + USUAL OLYMPUS LENS’S….DIGITAL!
I DON’T USE PHOTOSHOP OR INDEED ANY PHOTO EDITING ‘SOFTWARE’…EXCEPT PICASA 3…AND I ONLY USE THAT BECAUSE I FOUND IT ON MY LAPTOP !! I WOULD SAY I EDIT ABOUT 1 SHOT IN EVERY 100.!
GREAT TIPS??…..I LEARNED WHEN I WAS ABOUT 15 THAT ANYONE CAN BE TAUGHT TO LOAD FILM IN A CAMERA AND POINT A LENS AT VIRTUALLY ANYTHING, BUT WHAT YOU CAN’T TEACH IS SEEING THE VITAL SHOT THROUGH THE LENS AND MAKING IT COUNT EVERY TIME (thats the vital difference between Professional and Amateur) I ALWAYS COMPOSED MY IMAGE IN THE CAMERA AND NOT IN A DARKROOM…I ALWAYS LOOK AT THE SITUATION I’M IN AND THINK WHAT IS THE POINT I’M TRYING TO MAKE HERE WITH MY CAMERA..SO LOOK HARD FIRST AND COMPOSE BEFORE YOU SHOOT.
THANKS AGAIN FOR THE HONOUR AND CAN I JUST ADD IF ANYONE WANT’S TO FOLLOW UP WITH ANY QUESTIONS I WOULD BE MORE THAN DELIGHTED TO RESPOND ……. BY THE WAY THE PHOTOGRAPH ‘ARTIST SILHOUETTE’ WAS TAKEN WHEN I WAS 17 YEARS OLD….WHERE HAVE ALL THE YEARS GONE !! SINCERE BEST WISHES..CHICK FORREST

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