Your body of work focuses on travel, people, interiors culture and food. Why these characterizations?
People and Travel came almost automatically as I always had an interest in shooting those subjects from when I first started learning photography. Interiors came about when I started shooting travel features and sometimes had to include certain hotels and restaurants for a piece. The more I photographed different interior spaces the more interesting I found them culturally and aesthetically. I started learning food photography because I was working for a startup that wanted me to do food shoots. Once I learned that part of the industry it dovetailed perfectly with my other editorial work. Travel features almost always involve shooting all four of those subjects. Even a small feature on a restaurant will usually involve shooting the space, the chef, and the food. Culture is the one thing that ties those subjects together.
Tell us something about your initial journey? What struggles did you face when you entered this world of Photography?
I first got into photography in high school. I then ended up going to college at a small art school in Seattle to study photography and major in it. I stayed in Seattle for about a year after graduating and assisted different photographers and then moved to New York. It’s a highly competitive industry and you have to be somewhat entrepreneurial so that didn’t make things easy. I also moved to New York shortly before the 2008 crash which shut down the photo industry for while and it was very slow to pickup, so it was a bit of an uphill battle from there.
I have never come across a photographer with such diverse ideas and concepts. Who/What has been your biggest motivation?
I don’t know if I can speak to who is my biggest motivation. It’s such an abstract idea. I can tell you the photographers whose work I’m most inspired by are Steve McCurry, Sally Mann and Michael Ackerman.
Would you go on a trip without a camera. Why/Why not?
So far I never have. I think I would find something I wanted to shoot and get annoyed that I couldn’t.
Your job is more or less considered to be a dream job. What according to you stands responsible for this.
I’m really grateful that I get to do what I do for a living. However I also think people think it’s more of a dream job then it is. I shoot more boring jobs than exciting ones. I spend at least as much time editing photos as I do shooting. I also don’t have a regular income and have to constantly seek new work. There’s definitely nothing I’d rather be doing but when I talk to people that don’t work in the photo industry I often think they have a very romanticized notion of what I do for a living.
You have captured Bhutan beautifully through your pictures. Could you elaborate on on your trip to Bhutan and what was the driving force in there?
I went to Bhutan to work a Bhutan-based travel startup called MyBhutan, which aims to provide an online portal booking trips to Bhutan. Because Bhutan has so little infrastructure and is so tightly regulated it’s almost impossible for tourists to visit without being part of a guided tour, but the tours all involve the same handful of places in Central Bhutan. MyBhutan aims to change that dynamic by offering trips to more remote parts of the country. My job was to travel to the Eastern districts and create new content for them so that they can promote tourism to new areas.
Which has been your favourite Travel experience? Would you like to share with us.
Bhutan was definitely the most unique and the most off the grid I’ve ever been and that was amazing. My trip to India was probably a close second.
That picture of White horses simply intrigued me. What specifications do you keep in mind before clicking such pictures?
I don’t know that I have any particular specifications in mind when shooting aside from being quick to adjust my aperture and shutter speed which is second nature at this point. That picture was from Iceland. My friends and I were on a road trip and saw this group of horses sort of playing around in a field. We pulled over any my friends started interacting with them and I just started shooting. It was one of those ‘right place at the right time’ shots.
Where are you headed next?
I honestly don’t know. I plan on going back to Bhutan next year to shoot the South. Not sure what lies for me in the meantime.