Interview with Joel Robison

So many dreamers, creatives and nature lovers out there love the work of Joel Robison, he creates his own wonderland that’s filled with beautiful sights, books, coffee and floating objects! 
Joel had an eventful year full of travels, beautiful creations and the company of other creatives, 
want to learn more…? keep reading 


How can you describe this year so far?
Wow! This year has been absolutely and literally a whirlwind of a year! I started the year in Vietnam in the midst of my 9 month tour with Coca-Cola and FIFA. I spent the next four months of the year traveling to about 30 more countries across Asia, South America and Europe. It was an amazing opportunity to work with two wonderful companies and get a chance to see the world and photograph the beauty that exists in every corner of this planet and meet inspiring people along the way. After that I took a short break at home in British Columbia before heading down to Brazil to be a part of the FIFA World Cup and then to Peru for a great holiday. Then I moved out of my house, got rid of most of my possessions and set out on my 4 month long workshop tour across North America with my best friends! 

You’ve met with a lot of creatives early on this year, is there anyone you’re longing  to meet?
I’ve been so fortunate to have met so many amazing and creative people, especially this year! I still have a few that I would love to meet and work with one day and I have plans to do so! I’m a big fan of Robert Cornelius and his incredible processing, I’ll be meeting him next month in New York. I’d still love to meet the ‘greats’ like Tim Walker and Annie Liebowitz of course!

 You travel a lot and meet a lot of amazing talents, are there new names in your list of favorite photographers?
I think my favourite part of being a part of this community of photographers is that it is constantly growing and people are being welcomed into it. A few of my new favourite photographers are James Mille, Matt LinekerVincent MinorJosh Cloud and Leah Flores

Lately, you’re not taking as many self portraits as you did before, do you find yourself better behind the camera or in front of it?
 I think I enjoy both, I find a certain peace and therapy in taking self portraits but I also enjoy telling stories using a variety of people. I think I’ve really enjoyed both the self portrait and the “other people” portrait sides of photography, it’s hard to say which I like more. I certainly enjoy taking photos over being in front of the camera but I see the value in telling my story using me as the figure. 

Who’s your favorite person to photograph?
Hmmm…that’s a good question! Just for fun photos I love photographing my nieces because they’re always laughing and making me laugh. For photos I really enjoy photographing my friends, Lizzy Gadd and Kindra 
Timmerwilke are always beautiful and I love working with them. 

Travelling from place to another can be a bit challenging with gear, what are your essentials when you’re travelling? (gear and personal items)
I’m kind of a packrat so my backpack is constantly being rearranged and organized with random things I’ve picked up. For gear I recommend extra batteries! There’s nothing worse than showing up at an amazing spot with no battery power left, and extra cards because you never know when they’re going to just decide to stop working. 

For personal gear I suggest a notebook to keep lists of great places, quotes or books that you might want to go back to. Starbucks VIA instant coffee packets have saved my life on many an occasion…haha, it’s not the greatest coffee but when you need some it’s easy and does the trick! Warm socks, a trinket from home to remind you of where you’re from and something to give to people you meet. I carry around postcards, stickers and cards of my photos so that I can give  them to people I connect with. 

You went to many different places this year, what’s your favorite place? and what place do you wish to visit?  
Out of the places I went to just this year, I’d have to say that it’s a tie between Japan and Sweden. Japan’s culture is just so fascinating and I really enjoyed spending time in both Tokyo and in the smaller towns of the north. The people there are so friendly and kind and I really enjoyed my time there. Sweden as well was just really welcoming and I felt “home” there, we visited Kiruna in the north and it gave me a feeling of being home. 

I would love to visit Norway soon, my family moved to Canada from there in the early 1900’s and I’ve always wanted to explore the beautiful landscape and history of the country, I’m hoping to visit it later this year actually! 

Do you remember your first flickr meet up? tell us about it.
I do! We talk about it often among the people that were there. It was two years ago and was hosted by Ethan Coverstone in Indiana. Most of us had never met each other in person and I think we were all nervous about spending a week with people we had only known through the internet but I think it was the turning point in a lot of ways for people. We all got along so well, the energy was so positive and creative and it was a week that started as relative strangers but ended with the best friends I could have asked for. It was filled with laughter, photographs and memories that we still talk about. 

 Your photographs inspired so many aspiring photographers out there to think outside the box and be more creative, however some photographers copied your work exactly how it is, how do you feel when you see someone “stealing your ideas”?
It’s kind of a combination of feelings, at first I feel a bit frustrated that people take an idea and post it as their own, often getting complimented on their creativity. I started seeing it though as a compliment because in an indirect way I’m teaching and helping that person develop their photography. I think it’s always good to credit someone even if you are inspired by their work or style just so they feel respected as an artist.

Would you kindly share a before and after 
Sure! Here’s a before and after of a concept I shot for a workshop in Ann Arbor. It shows how easy it can be to take two simple photos and turn it into something a bit magical! 

You’re clearly a book person, what’s the best book you read lately?
I do love reading, most of my reading is done while traveling now. A friend of mine, Leah Flores, gave me a book after we stayed with her in Portland and it’s called 
The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Motherfuckin’ Sad”. It’s a sort of guidebook on how to leave a lighter, more positive life and to move on from anything that might be bringing you down. It’s an easy read, I think I read it in about 20 minutes but it’s filled with great messages and funny stories and it’s one I recommend! 

Tell us about “The wild ones photography tour” 
The Wild Ones Workshop Tour is an annual photography workshop tour that was started last year by myself, Sarah Ann Loreth and Shane Black. We are three best friends who love to travel and wanted to take a road trip and help give back to the photography community that supported us so we decided to teach low-cost workshops. Last year we traveled about about 8,000 miles and taught 10 workshops and it was amazing. This year we’ve already traveled almost 10,000 miles and taught 10 workshops to almost 200 students and it’s been an incredible chance to see the USA and Canada and also to teach aspiring photographers how to tell and create stories in their work. 

We are a non-profit organization so all of the money from our sponsors and students goes back into funding the tour and giving back as much as we can! 

Can you share a little story from the tour ( I’m sure so many awesome things happen)
Haha…we do have a lot of fun stories, traveling with your friends is always an entertaining and inspiring thing to do. One day we had gone on a short hike in Glacier National Park in Montana to watch the sunset, as we approached the top of the hike we found a herd of wild Mountain Goats who weren’t bothered  by us being there. Eventually Sarah and I ended up getting trapped by a few of them because every way out of the trail was blocked by a goat! It was a bit scary but also really funny at the same time and we tried to make the most of it :)

If you can take any photographer you want on a “wild ones tour” who would it be?
Oh wow! That’s a hard question! I think it’s always great to bring a variety of photographers on a tour like this, to see the trip and the world in different ways. I would love to bring Lizzy Gadd or Whitney Justesen with us, they have such a beautiful view of the world, bring a positive energy and take beautiful photos!

Is there anything new you’re working on?
I have a few projects under way, one is top secret for now but it should be really exciting when it’s done! I started a series based around depression. It was inspired by a combination of my own struggles with depression and the passing of Robin Williams, I saw a need for people to feel like they were being heard and I though it would be therapeutic to share my own story and hopefully help someone else through the photos. The feedback from people has been powerful and I’m proud of the project so far. 

Do you recommend any websites for photoshop/ photography tutorials? 
I absolutely recommend Phlearn  Not only are the people behind the website some of the most genuine and talented people, they really spend a lot of energy making amazing tutorials for people of all skill levels. They believe in other photographers and really want to grow a talented community of artists. 

A word of advice to young aspiring photographers.
Tell your story. You have a view, a story, a life that is different than everyone else and that’s what sets you apart. Take those things and use them to tell your story through your work.
Find Joel at: FlickrBlogTwitterFacebookThe wild ones — 
first interview with Joel

Håvard Hole and Liisa Harmson Interview

 Håvardand Liisa are a  young talented couple that share a passion for photography. they create beautiful work individually but their photo collaborations are breathtaking! 

in this interview you will see the world through their eyes while looking at their beautiful pictures! 

- So Håvard, what have you been up to all this time?

Since the last interview which was in, 2012? I think it was 2012. Anyway, since then I’ve found the perfect life partner for me, I’ve gone through another 365(!), I’ve finished Upper Secondary School, got admitted to university and moved to Tallinn to live with Liisa, who’s my better half.

- There has been a major change in your portfolio, it’s more diverse now, what drove you to change?

I myself drove it to that change. When photographing I’ve constantly developed and tried to find my own style that I’m pleased with and enjoy creating. And together with Liisa my development within photography got a boost!

- There are fashion images too …

I wouldn’t characterize any of my photographs as fashion photos, but certainly, some of my photographs are heavily inspired by Liisa and her work, which in my opinion is fashion with an original twist.

- Nature has always played a big roll in your photographs, would you say you are not an indoor/ studio kind of guy?

Nature is wonderful and serene, and natural light can be soft and beautiful if handled correctly. I do indeed prefer to shoot outdoors vs indoors. I find the locations and scenery you can find yourself in outside a lot more stunning and intriguing than a white backdrop.

- Have you ever doubted yourself as a photographer? How do you deal with such over whelming emotions?

Many times. As with everything else, my brain can find reason to doubt myself also when it comes to photography. However, during the past year I have grown a lot as a person and learned new things about myself and how I work. This has given me confidence to not doubt myself as much as I did before. I take a deep breath and stop thinking so the bits and pieces that are flying all around my head fall in place. Sometimes it helps to just let it go and calm down. Other times I rant to Liisa and after that it’s fine, haha.

(photo is directly relevant to this question and it’s called “The Best of Me” with a full description on flickr)

- What would you do if you weren’t doing photography?

Right now, I’m actually studying International Business Administration. I don’t find the financial part of the studies very appealing, however, I do love entrepreneurship, management and marketing and I’m very fascinated by those subjects. I would chase any of those fields or start my own business.

- Having a beautiful and talented girlfriend must come in handy when you run out of ideas or have no one to shoot with, what kind of effect did liisa have on your work? 

Haha, yes, it’s very handy. She has had a huge impact on my work. Constantly having someone that gives me good feedback about my photography and helps me evolve and find my own path is something I’m truly grateful for. She’s fantastic and supportive and I appreciate her more than anything. When we first met she made my development rocket into the sky compared to the developing curve I had before, and even now she helps me reach new levels every time I take a photo. 

- Have you ever been recognized in public? How did you react? 

Actually, and quite surprisingly for me, I have, on multiple occasions! One I remember well was when a girl came over to me and asked if I was Håvard Hole. It was in a garden center and she worked there. We came into talk about photography after she came over and asked me if I was me and told me that she had followed my work. It surprised me that someone actually recognized me and I was truly amazed that she came over to talk to me.

- Which recent photograph was the hardest to create?

This one was definitely hard to get the way I had imagined it before shooting:

Questions to the couple, 

- How did you guys meet? 

Håvard flew to Estonia for two days to take photos with me, but it ended up quite differently – we fell in love. He also missed his plane, so we got some extra time together – it was essential to put a start to later events that led us where we are now. Thank you, Estonian Air! (and thank you, blue-eyed bus driver, for not letting us out of the bus on our way to the airport and therefore making Håvard miss the plane).

- How have you affected the style and approach of one another?

Liisa has affected my style heavily, especially considering my colour-work and skin editing in portraits. Even before we met she guided me on how to see which colours would suit my photographs better. She has helped me out a lot and I wouldn’t be at the level I am today without her. She was actually the one to reveal to me the technique of expanding a photo! However, I haven’t affected Liisa’s style much, or in any way at all, but I have helped her with technical aspects of editing and I know her editing process is a lot more professional now than it was before.

- What is your favourite photo you created together?

- Which photo of each other’s work do you like the most?



- You have a travel blog together; tell us about that, who’s idea was it?

It was Liisa’s idea to make it. It was made after a trip to Switzerland mainly because, and I quote Liisa, «I had many cute photos of mountain sheep to share with the world!» :)

- Liisa, what type of photography do you enjoy the most? 

A mix of fashion and conceptual photography would be my pick, I guess! 

- How did you find your passion for fashion photography? 

About 2 years ago I came to the conclusion that I needed to specialize in something if I wanted to become a professional photographer, so I weighed my options and decided to go for fashion photography, adding my own twist to it (I’m not too big of a fan of traditional fashion photos). I really like fashion, but I dislike many aspects of the fashion industry. There are too many conceited people out there who walk over everyone that’s in their way and who have forgotten where they came from. There’s so much incivility, inhumanness and apathy. Honestly, based on my experience, I think I might be too ‘soft’ for the world of fashion. I don’t like the way people treat each other, and I don’t approve of the standards they set for the models – it’s sad to see such young and beautiful girls being mistreated. Starving yourself to be accepted by the industry is not okay. It’s about time the world started appreciating healthy and fit women instead of walking skeletons. How did skinny ever trump fit and healthy? With that being said, I am too upset with the industry to continue trying to make my way to the top as a fashion photographer. So, as of now, I do not shoot models or work with designers. Maybe I’ll have a change of heart in the future, or maybe I’ll find a way to do it in a way that doesn’t compromise my beliefs.


- What type of photography do you find challenging? 

Perhaps shooting in a studio! I’ve never worked with artificial lighting before and I’m sure it would be a challenge.


- What is your favourite part about creating a photo? 

Probably the preparation process. I love seeing how my ideas are slowly coming to life. It’s so much fun to create props and organize everything before the shoot! I also enjoy the editing part a lot!


- What would you be doing if you weren’t doing photography? 

Honestly? No clue. I can’t imagine doing anything else but photography. I am currently studying psychology, but I can’t see myself working as a psychologist. I’m there solely for educating myself and obtaining useful knowledge for my photography business.


You play around a lot with face/ body paint and make up, would you say you develop make up skills for photography?

Oh, definitely! Half of the time I have no idea what I’m doing, but by some miracle it ends up looking rather cool!


- How important are props to you? 

I have many ideas that require the usage of certain props, but unfortunately I rarely manage to execute those ideas. Props are damn costly! However, they can add a lot to the photo. Right now I’m dreaming about a certain antique helmet I saw in an antique shop last summer. It’s very pricy and the thought of buying it for just one photo makes my heart hurt, but I can’t stop thinking about shooting with it either. Oh well, I guess I can suffer some more.

- Nature plays a huge roll in your conceptual work, do you prefer taking photos outdoors? 

I do love taking photos outside. Misty mornings are my absolute favourite! I get so inspired every time I see a foggy field or forest.


- Did nature ever make things difficult for you ( weather conditions/ lighting wasn’t so great)

Oh yes! Shooting in a foggy morning is always very nerve-wracking, since the fog can disappear very fast and there’s not much time to get the perfect photo. It’s also intense to shoot in the cold – must get the photo before your fingers freeze and get numb!


- Would you consider modelling or acting in the future?

Haha, I’m afraid I lack the talent for both :)


Links for Håvard: 

WebsiteFlickr —Facebook

Links for Liisa:


Interview with Kevin Rossatty

Kevin Rossatty is a young talented photographer with a passion for self portraits and fine art, join me as I get to know him up close on this interview …

Introduce Yourself
Well, my name is Kevin Rossatty and I’m a self-taught photographer from Guatemala City. I’m 21 years old, and I’m studying graphic design at one the local universities here in Guatemala.

How long have you been doing photography?
I started taking pictures in 2011 when I got my first camera, and pretty much all my childhood I was always amazed by photography but never got a chance to take pictures with a decent SLR.

What type of camera do you use?
I use a Canon 6D, which I got around March this year, and my first camera is a Canon XSi, in which I learned pretty much everything of what I know today. I also got two film cameras (a canon AE and a Canonet QL17).

What is your ideal camera?
I’ve always craved a Nikon F or any camera in which you can achieve a natural tilt-shift effect.
It seems like most of your photos are taken outdoors, do you believe nature plays a big role in your style?
Yes. I’ve done some pictures indoors, but I love how much you can do with nature and the human figure. I’d like to do studio shots once I get the right equipment to achieve decent images.

Your photographs look like beautiful paintings, was it a lucky coincidence or are you inspired by paintings?
My initial inspiration got from my favorite photographer, which tends to give his pictures a painting style, but I think I haven’t reached the style I want to achieve in my pictures.. It’s still a work in progress. 
I get often inspired by paintings and lately Greek mythology has become one of my biggest inspirations.

Do you sometimes feel underrated as a photographer? You don’t think you have the support that you deserve by other members of the Flickr community?
Well, I actually don’t see myself as a popular or well-known photographer. I think I’m not at that stage yet. I’m still exploring my photography style. Still I think that with every time that passes more people are getting to know me, which is nice. But I don’t make art for everyone to notice me, I do it because I like to photograph and create something, if anyone finds it beautiful it gives me a really great feeling, but I don’t look for the public’s praise. 
I’ve got to admit that I don’t use Flickr as much as I use DeviantART, I feel that more people get to see my work there.. I’m not sure if I deserve more support, I guess I must earn it like everybody else has.

Do you prefer self-portraits or working with models?
I absolutely love self-portraits. I feel that the picture gets more personal.. and I kind-of always wanted to be a model, so it’s like a guilty pleasure.

Walk us through your creative process (from coming up with the idea until it’s fully executed).
I dare to reveal that my best pictures are improvised.. But in most cases I begin by looking up for locations. Since I love to work with nature, finding the right spot is crucial. 
I only have made like 4 photoshoots since last year, 3 of them where improvised, and the “Tea Party” began with a basic sketch of how I wanted the cups to look, and the pose of the model. I also tend to write down my ideas in my computer’s stickies, because I have the worst memory ever, so I need to keep a record of everything that comes up in my mind. 
After the pictures are taken, I select the first batch that will go trough the post-processing progress, and I select a few outtakes that will be released months after the main pictures are done. 

What type of photography do you find challenging?
Conceptual photography. I always struggle with finding the right props and making the right editing to the pictures to get nice conceptual pictures. I admire conceptual photographers which mix their fine-art style in them. I’ve only done one nice conceptual picture which is Skinny Love, and to achieve it I got lots of help from two of my best friends, besides from that I think that I’ve only done fine-art portraits.

Who do you look up as a photographer?
I have two favorite photographers, one who I look up because of his amazing talent as a fine-art photographer: Robby Cavannaugh, and the other one because of his amazing and outstanding style: Marwane Pallas

Describe your favorite image taken by you.
Oh-well.. I still haven’t taken the picture of my dreams, but so far my favorite picture is the first picture released from my “Found” photoshoot.This picture means a lot because it was the first picture I knew I was going to edit when we finished shooting, and was the first picture that gave me a more defined style. Also, this was my first pictured that made it to my Vogue Italia portfolio (after I sent nearly all my old pictures), this was the one who basically “made me”.
Describe your favourite photograph taken by another photographer.
I recently discovered a photographer at DeviantART,which has the most beautiful dark style. So I find this particular picture incredible, because of the color, the texture and the concept. I can feel the weakness of the subject without seeing much of him.
If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
Definitely I’d love to be a high-fashion model, or a runway model.

What movie/play/book/music inspire you?
I love English bands, I often get very inspired by Depeche Mode, Muse, Friendly Fires, Bastille and The Killers.
What inspires you the most?
Watching other artists, and my inspiration comes from french photographer Marwane Pallas.
How can you describe your style?
Dark, and in the same way beautiful. I like to play with strong contrasts and shadows, but always leaving space to play with the light and bright colours.

Did your photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world?
Pretty much. With every photoshoot I make I get to know myself a litter better, and to see myself more clearly. Because we photographers put a something of ourselves onto every picture.
If you had magical powers what kind of pictures would you be taking?
Hard to say, I think I’d like to fly, so I could get to different locations maybe?

What do you like to do other than photography? 
I like to sleep.. Seriously, and believe it or not, I always end up very tired after taking pictures.
How would people describe you?
Most people find me very shy, but I can be as outgoing as anyone with time.
Can you share a before and after?
Well, as you see I owe all my beauty to Photoshop.

Do you watch any photoshop tutorials, or read any books?
Actually I don’t. I’ve always done everything by trial and error. I’ve read a couple of blogs on how to use certain tools in photoshop, but most of the things I’ve learned are by accident and many attempts.
When you first started using photoshop, what was the most challenging thing for you to learn?
How to fix the light and contrasts.. and now I find it hard to make photo-manipulations, it’s something I admire from other photographers.

Find Kevin at : FlickrDeviantART500pxPhotoVogue  —  Facebook —

Photographer Jeremiah Morris Interview

Vintage meets modern is an easy way to describe the style of Jeremiah Morris, 
let’s get to know him a little bet better…

Introduce yourself

My name is Jeremiah Morris. I am a photographer based out of Harrisonburg, Virginia. I am 23 years old, and I currently am attending James Madison University pursuing my degree in Studio Art.

How long have you been doing photography?

I started with photography in the summer of 2008, so I have been shooting for almost 6 years, but most of that time I wasn’t serious or I was just doing random things with no clear direction. I have been seriously creating for the past two years I would say.

What type of camera do you use? 

I use a Canon Rebel t3i for the digital works, and for my film works I use an old fully manual canon camera. I am anticipating branching out into large format and experimental film works this fall.

What is your ideal camera (doesn’t have to be real)

That’s an interesting question and I don’t really know. I guess it would be something which would allow me to create complete compositions merely from thinking about it, as most of the time the problems I have with concepts come from the fact that reality is something I have to deal with. 

If you had to choose one lens what would it be?

Depends on the shoot, but generally something with a wide aperture range and preferably fixed focal length.

Do you prefer natural light or flash?


Indoors or outdoors?

Again, it depends, but generally outdoors.

Do you like working with models? Can you name your favorite model?
when working with models how can you communicate with the model to get her/him to translate your thoughts?

I do and I don’t like working with models. They are one of the main things I find that hold me back at this stage in my career. Coordinating with someone to get him or her to come to some crazy location and wear something crazy and do something crazy is hard. I’ve been lucky and I’ve had a lot of friends who were willing to go to lengths to help with my art, but eventually I started breaking out of the molds created by only using people I knew, I want to use new people in new ways, but it’s hard to find someone you don’t know and get them to trust you on a level that a model needs to trust their photographer and vice versa. It’s a scary thing for a lot of people. It can be intimidating. The best models I have are not people who can necessarily do a certain thing, but people who are overwhelmingly optimistic and enthusiastic about being in a collaborative art making relationship. I also love people who see it as just that too, collaborative. I want them to offer their insights and suggest something new and help the idea I started with grow into something we both created.

As far as working with models and communicating with them aptly, it is a really hard thing to do sometimes. I think there needs to be some understanding and chemistry between the photographer and the model, not in a romantic way, just in the way that the photographer clicks with the model on some level. It’s hard to explain. I’ve shot with people and from the first frame it is so clear that this person gets what I am trying to do. These people will need little to no guidance. Other individuals I can spend half an hour working on one pose because they don’t understand what I need and I don’t understand how to tell them exactly what to do.


How do you feel about cropping images?

I know there are some purists who think real photography is unmanipulated and you have to be skilled enough to get exactly what you want in camera. I think there is some definite validity to that, but I think like everything, you have to make an artistic choice. If cropping suits what you are trying to say in the work you create, then crop away. But I think shooting blindly with no premeditation into what the final outcome will even remotely look like is something to avoid.

Do you like using actions?

( I assume you mean photoshop actions?) Not really.

Describe your favorite image taken by you. 

I know it may be bad, but I don’t have a particularly favorite photo. I have several hanging in my room, but those always end up there because they are misprints. I go through phases where I am in love with what I am creating, and then I lose interest. I have to live with this work for so long and look at it so much that I start to feel like I’ve never created anything worth interest, and that makes me want to create something new, but also makes me want to never create again on some level. And I must say I share this anecdote not because I want sympathy or praise, but because I think it is something that is common among some artists and I just want other artists in the same situation to know it’s not just them. 

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer. 

This is hard to answer too. I don’t really have a favorite. I have favorite artists but not necessarily a favorite work, not in photography. There is so much to photography it is hard to compare the beauty of an Ansel Adams with the complexity of the message of a Cindy Sherman.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?

In a practical setting I would be a psychologist. In an impractical setting I would probably be an Egyptologist or Archaeologist.

What are you still learning? 

Who I am as an artist and what I want to say. It’s been said that we can’t create anything new in art, that every issue has already been tackled in some form or another. That thought is both limiting and incredibly freeing all at once. It makes me feel I should share my version of these issues, things personal to me, and I should try to connect to others through my art on a personal level. Opposite to that I feel I also should make broad statements about the world we now live in and what that means.

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?

I would love to go on a trip through America and do a series spanning every state. I would love to try and capture the soul of America in some form.

What movie/play/book/ music inspire you?

Everything inspires me. I guess I will share what most recently has inspired me. The last movie to inspire me was Her, the last book to inspire me was Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, and the last song that inspired me enough to create something was World Alone by Lorde, and that song inspired most of my Disconnected series. That series isn’t on Flickr, as Flickr doesn’t support gifs. Check it out on tumblr at


What inspires you the most?

I have to say I usually find inspiration in music while driving. I can tune out the real world to a certain extent and just focus on myself, my thoughts, and the concepts I want to explore in my art. That and nature. Nature is so important to me.

How can you describe your style?

All over the place. I don’t know if I have found my style yet. I look at my work and feel like it’s not cohesive, but I don’t know.

Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world? 
If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?

I think photography has changed me, it makes me look at the world in a different way. I enter into everything thinking about how it would look through the lens. I see the world for a collection of colors and shapes and cohesion of elements, which makes everything a little more interesting. I can find beauty and value in cracks on the pavement.

If you could meet with any famous person dead or alive who would it be? What would you say or do?

I don’t think it has any effect on my work, but I adore Andy Warhol and would love to meet him when he was in his prime. I would love to chat about art, the art world, and what it means to be an artist.

If someone asked you how can i be you, what would your answer be?

Don’t be me, be yourself.

Name photographers that inspire you the most.

William Eggleston, Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus.

in some of your recent photos, you’ve mixed photography with graphic design, where did that come from? 

It just kind of happened organically. I wanted to abstractly represent the subject matter’s interaction with the modern world, and for me the graphic design represents that. This is especially true of my found images project I’m working on now. I am trying to highlight the intersection of the past with the present and the connotations both of those words have.

your photos seem vintage, classic and romantic, would you call yourself an old soul?

I suppose so. I do love old movies, vintage clothes and furniture, and I have a record collection. I guess in those regards I am an old soul, but I would also say I am really interested in modern thoughts and problems.

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Interview with André Varela

André Varela is a dreamer, talented photographer with so much to share through his beautiful photographs,

I first came across André’s work on Flickr a while ago and became a fan and absolutely loved his collaboration with Tim Andrews, so after contacting André for an interview, he answered few questions, 

here you go :) 


Introduce yourself

My name is André Varela and I am a 29 year old conceptual/portrait photographer from Portugal.

How long have you been doing photography?

I have been doing photography for two years now.

What type of camera do you use?

I use a Canon 6D.

What is your ideal camera (doesn’t have to be real)

My ideal camera would be a medium format camera.

If you had to choose one lens what would it be?

Maybe the 16-35 from Canon.

Do you prefer natural light or flash?

Natural light always!

Indoors or outdoors?

Depends on the concept.

Self portraits or models?

It also depends on the concept.

Do you like working with models? Can you name your favorite model?

I like working with models but I don’t usually work with them. If I had to say, my favorite model is my girlfriend without a doubt. Always ready for my crazy ideas.

Most of your photos are in black and white, do think it’s more effective?

I really love black and white because it gives an “alien” feel to the photos. It is not normal for your eyes to see in black and white and that immediately gives a mystic feeling to an image.

How do you feel about cropping images?

When it’s needed I don’t see any problem.

You seem to have a “thing” for expanded images, why is that?

I love the feeling of empty space. And sometimes it helps me get a scene I can’t get with only one shot.

You do a lot of composites, does that mean you’re a dreamer?

It kinda does. And I AM a dreamer.

Do you like using actions?

I only use actions I create and even that is rare.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?

Owner of a gallery.

When you first started, how did you learn photoshop? can you name books/ websites that helped you to be where you are today.

I learned through the internet. Youtube is your friend. Also Phlearn.

What are you still learning?

Everything really. We are always learning.

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?

I would love to photograph Mickey Rourke and Leonardo Dicaprio, in Iceland.

What inspires you the most?

Music. Always music.

How can you describe your style?

Most people describe it by being dark, nostalgic and sad.

Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world?

Yes. I guess it does to everyone. We all learn to see in another way.

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?

I wish I could teleport. That would be my favorite power.

If you could meet with any famous person dead or alive who would it be? What would you say or do?

I would love to talk with Ghandi. And I would love to eat some seafood with Stephen King.

If your life was turned into a movie what kind would it be? How long would it last? And who’s going to play your character?

Wow…This is a fantastic question. I guess it would be a heroes journey kind of movie. I would love for Leonardo Dicaprio and Bradley Cooper to be in that movie!

How would people describe you?

Funny, serious and mysterious.

If someone asked you how can i be you, what would your answer be?

I don’t think there is a way to be me.

Can you kindly share a before and after :)

you can take this one 

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Catching up with Angela Mary Butler

Angela was one of many talented photographers that I’ve had the opportunity to interview here on my blog, our previous interview was a little more than two years ago! I’ve came to know Angela through Phlearn and I’m happy to say we are good internet pals :)
So lets catch up with Angie… 

A lot have changed since our last interview, it’s been almost two years! and coming from a person that been following your work for quite sometime I have to say I’ve witnessed you grow and seen your style transform beautifully.

So lets talk about school, you’ve recently graduated, how does it feel to finally be done with that?

Thank you Reem! It feels goooood!! Haha, as much as I enjoyed my overall experience of school, the people I met, the experiences I had, etc, I was very excited to get out of there during my last 4 months.

The pressure was on during the last semester of school, creating a portfolio (and the teachers really made the biggest deal ever out of this, if you screwed up - it was the end of your life), printing business cards and promotional pieces, as well as making a grad piece. It was a lot but it was definitely worth it.

It was very relieving to have Portfolio show over, I felt like I had a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders. However, graduation itself didn’t feel that way for me, more like a goodbye. But four years later it’s great to have my Bachelor of Design which now just sits on the floor… but you know!!

After I graduated in May, I moved on June the 1st (still in Calgary), and I decided to take a break for a few weeks, and then get right back into everything with a shoot with model Poison Ivy and make-up artist Jenni MacDonald. It’s been a little hard financially, but I’ve figured out a way to survive by modelling actually! It’s all good :)

Studying photography had force you -in away- to experiment different types of photography and create different series, did you love it or hate it?

I understand how people could feel this way about creating any types of work when attending an arts school, however I felt the projects were still relatively open.

One of our teachers last semester did something really cool, where he allowed us to have 3 open projects for the whole semester. We were in charge of who/what the shoot was about, what type of shoot it was… it worked out really great for me, I experimented first with a series of photos with Samantha Hefford, secondly I worked on my bathtub series with friends Miguel, Jenn, and Emilie, and third I created a new film still series: The Shining (yet to be released, trying to find child models!!)

However in another class, a different teacher simply gave us a list of one-liners to pick from to create a photo from, such as: “Dirty Bitch”, “DIY Fashion”, “Make it dirty/greasy”

Both approaches were fun and it was fun to do both in each classes, a little exhausting at times, but fun. The teachers projects were always really interesting, and you can create anything from these ideas anyways, I never found them very constricting.

Tell us about your “shower” series, how did it come to life?

The point of the project for me when I started it back in 2012 was to take photos of something I wasn’t used to. The premise of the creation of this project at the time was, that in my work I’m very used to starting from scratch and really perfecting, and photoshopping my images. This time I decided to strip away all of those things, and leave me with hardly anything to use to my advantage.

In my first year of college I was hanging out with my roommates in residence (rez life) and talking to my roomie Lizz about ideas I had for photography projects, and I told her about how I thought it would be really cool to just take photos of people in the shower. Not sexual, just documenting them in the shower. It’s where we feel most calm, a shower can be so relaxing and of course it’s so intimate, I thought it would be fascinating to photograph.

A couple days later when I was home and Lizz was at the same time, she yelled “Hey mate! I’m getting in the shower now if you wanna take some pictures, yeah?”

So how I went about shooting these, was I went to the model’s house with nothing but my camera and 50mm lens. In terms of photographing them in the shower- whether they wanted to be totally nude or wear underwear was up to them. I wanted them to feel as comfortable as possible, so I made the choice up to them.

The duration of the time that I took the photos was also dependent on the model, however long their shower usually was- was the length of time that I took the photos.

Every model’s photos were different depending on the light in the bathroom, what they chose to wear/not wear, what they did in the shower (sing, brush their hair, shave, etc), and overall it was a very wonderful experience.

Was it awkward to take photos of naked people?

You know before I began the project, I thought it would be, but it wasn’t at all.

My first time photographing for this project was with Lizz as I said, and I remember us standing in the bathroom and I said “I thought this would be weird, but this isn’t weird at all!” And Lizz goes “Yeah I know what you mean! I feel like I’ve been naked in front of you 100s of times!!”

Most of the experiences go just about the same way. People tell me they were a little bit worried at the start, but after a couple minutes they felt right at home. Betsy sang in the shower, Taylor sat down naked and read poetry before hand, and Brianna and Sam left on all of their jewelry.

I’m working on adding more to this project as soon as I can :)

You also took nude self portrait, was it uncomfortable?

Nah! I’ve been uploading photos to Flickr for 5 years now, and I truly didn’t begin to do nude self-portraits until I was completely comfortable. I think my biggest inspiration for nude self-portraits is Miss Aniela, her work in nature is absolutely beautiful.

And after a year in art school…nudity is really no big thing.

In first year I went to my first “life drawing” class, and I drew some (really really bad) drawings of naked people. One time at lunch, there was a group of people wearing nothing but hats and ties and glasses, having a “tea party” in the cafeteria. And another time there was someone covered completely in serum wrap, with a bunch of buckets of different coloured paint around them with a sign that said “Paint Me”

After a year of that it wasn’t too hard for me to take off my clothes in front of the camera :P

One of the most successful series that you’ve created was with Betsy Hinze, what was your main inspiration?

Oh thank you so much! I loved that series with Betsy.. It was a lot of fun! It was created for an assignment for one of my classes where we needed to create a magazine editorial on whatever the heck we wanted.

So I contacted Betsy (who’s my friend and also a fabulous artist!!) and asked if she wanted to shoot with me for this project. Betsy was stoked and we got together at her house to shoot. It was really a collaboration, Betsy told me that she had all of these bugs that she bought at a flea market (haha) and would love to shoot with them. So we got her dressed in the best outfit and went around the house and shot.

I didn’t really go in there with any other huge concept other than “bugs”, and I of course brought flowers to shoot with too. And the blue water in the bathtub was a HUGE lucky mistake!!!! Betsy had just dyed her hair blue the night before, so all of the dye seeped into the water of the tub <3

Some of your photos tend to have a bit of creative humor “the photographer’s assistant” is a great example, where do you get such ideas?

Thank you! That’s one of my favourite photos actually.. Myself and 4 big men hiked up one of the biggest hills in the city, Nose hill to get this picture. It’s funny cause once we got all the way up we realized we forgot like, 1 important thing in the car. One of the guys went down the hill to grab it it was pretty funny. This was inspired by the photo “Raising the Flag on Iwa Jima” by Joe Rosenthal.

I guess in general I try my best to be a funny person when you get to know me. Any one who shoots with me will say that I have a quirky sense of humour and always make them laugh. My dad was always a jokester, and in the worst of any situation he will try and make others smile and laugh. I guess it’s just a part of me that comes out in my photography :)

My personal favorite is the "Blue" series, you take such amazing film stills, is it something you’re passionate about?

Thank you. I am definitely passionate about creating series of photos based on films. These films mean something to me, and have personally affected me in some way shape or form. Requiem for a Dream for example, that film shook me like no other has in my life. It made me cry, it made me scream, it made me laugh a bit (maybe out of insanity) but it’s by the far the most powerful movie I have ever seen. It’s very personal to me.

I love shooting these too. It’s such a process.

I watch the movie a couple times, and I pause and screenshot all of my favourite moments that stand out to me. And then I go on the internet and look up “famous movie stills” and see what others favourites are. I then paste all of these little thumbnail pictures into my sketchbook and pick and choose which ones to create when I’m shooting with the models.

I loved shooting Blue, Requiem, and Sunshine. The Shining is coming up next.

About Phlearn 

How long have you been working for phlearn?

I have been working for Phlearn now for about 2 years now! (what. haha I kind of just realized this myself now, wow!!)

How is it like?

Well, when I started working for Phlearn back in 2012 I applied for an internship where I would potentially have the opportunity to work with Phlearn and Aaron Nace. I got the internship and worked the Summer of 2012 in Chicago with Phlearn. During my time there I would help with photoshoots, recording episodes and even editing episodes, help conceptualize ideas for photoshoots/pro tutorials/episodes, and lots more.

I left in Sept 2012 to finish my last 2 years of school, but when I left I was a part of the ‘hired’ team and no longer an intern. I do interviews with professional photographers and I curate the weekly editions of weekend inspiration.

Is it hard gathering inspirational photos weekly?

Yep. There are so many amazing incredible photos out there, and you know what else is out there? TONS of lists of the “best” photos ever. It’s always hard to pick 25 photos to showcase every week, when you could really showcase 100 a week. But if it wasn’t challenging, there wouldn’t be a point for me to do it.

Curating weekend inspiration kind of makes me think in “portfolio mode”. When organizing the 25 photos in the post I try and organize each edition like it was a different portfolio of images to look at. People probably don’t realize but a lot of the time WI is organize by color scheme and/or theme, and sometimes I go back in and re-arrange the order anywhere from 2-5 times :P

What was your most memorable story of your internship at Phlearn?

Hahaha..I have a few. Going to Ikea with Amelia Fletcher and Jenna Petrone was kind of amazing. I had been to Ikea before, but it was just the funnest adventure ever. Taking pictures near the little tables with our crappy camera phones, and just screwing around. We were there to get desks for ourselves but we got distracted.

Also Aaron singing Kanye West around the studio is always fun (don’t kill me), and DEFINITELY the day Aaron showed up to the studio with a bunch of popsicles and a leaf blower on July 4th to do a “funAmerican july 4th photoshoot!!!!”

Is it hard to find photographers and interview them?

No, it’s only hard to keep up with it all!! Haha, there are so many amazing photographers out there and there’s so much to learn from all of them. I can’t wait to keep interviewing people because I truly learn a little bit more from each and every one.

I often get suggestions e-mailed to me by David, Chris, or Aaron at Phlearn, by fans, or by photographers contacting me themselves.

You seem to share a lot of somewhat personal information to your Flickr followers, do you feel that it makes you closer to your audience?

I think so. I mean when I’m putting things out there, I don’t feel super conscious of what I’m doing in the sense that I’m not thinking “should I put this up? Can I? I just post and write what I feel, all the time now.

I think it maybe comes from how I began to start posting things on Flickr. With my diagnosis of cancer I uploaded a photo of what happened that day, with a little blurb explaining everything. I wrote the good, the bad, and I even uploaded a picture of my piss in a jug. I don’t really care. :P

I am also just a very open person in general, so that’s probably why I’m like that too.

Being a member of an online community can make you a lot of friends and can also make you some haters, tell us about your experience, your favorite people that you came to know through the internet

I feel like I am a child of the internet. I don’t even know where I would be today if it wasn’t for all of the things we have access to today.  I have met an INCREDIBLE amount of amazing people all over the world thanks to Flickr mostly. Some of these people I have been friends with for years and years, since I joined flickr in 2009.

One day I want to meet everyone who I’ve connected with online. I would love to meet Natalie Harding, Sarah Allegra, Eddie Sebastian, Joel Robison, Sarah Ann Loreth, Elizabeth Gadd, HandyPandyAndy, Rob Cornelius, Myke (Hummer Commander on Flickr), You!!!! and seriously so so so many others.

I haven’t had really any bad experiences with “haters”. I’m relatively good at brushing things off if that happens anyways :) 

I can’t be done with this interview without asking you about the self portrait inside the fridge, Why? lol


Well, I was moving out of that place I was living in back in 2012, so I had to clean everything in the apartment. The rooms, the floors, the oven, and the fridge. Once I took out all of the shelves I was amazed at how big the fridge actually was and decided to see if I could fit in there. When I realized that I did I jumped up and down, got my camera and tripod took off my clothes and got in the fridge.

I thought it would look cool.


Any new projects coming up?

Yes! Always.

I don’t know if I want to talk about all of them, but I did a shoot with my friend Samantha Hefford who you’ve all seen many times before, and that came out great! Doing another shoot with model Poison Ivy tomorrow and I have a shoot with a model Persepherone Bleeds this week too. Things are planned going into September-October as well, so I am very excited!

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Interview with Kevin Conor Keller

Kevin Conor Keller is a father of two adorable children, a creative photographer and a graphic designer. Kevin takes incredibly unique photos of his children, blending away children’s playfulness and innocence along with natural elements to create a single photograph that looks like a child’s beautiful day dream…
I had the opportunity to ask Kevin few questions, so lets get to know him together shall we…    

Introduce yourself

 My name is Kevin Conor Keller, part occultist, part mystic, full time dad. Only two of those are true. 
How long have you been doing photography?
 Early 2008 is when I bought my first camera, a Sony DSC-H5. 

What type of camera do you use?
 Currently I own a Canon 60d.


What is your ideal camera (doesn’t have to be real)
 I never really thought about what my ideal camera would be. Maybe a lightweight waterproof full frame mirror less with a huge sensor, fast lens, and a higher/faster frame rate. I’m more than happy with what I have now though. 

If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
Probably a 35mm; it’s versatile, works great in pretty much every situation, and is fast. It’s the perfect grab and go lens.

Do you prefer natural light or flash?
 I love natural light, but I’m not opposed to using strobes, I just prefer to carry the least amount of equipment possible. 

Indoors or outdoors?

 Outdoors, outdoors, and outdoors.

I’ve noticed that one of your favorite models are actually small children! how do you guide them through the shoot? how can you get them to do what you want?
  My son Avin and my daughter Evie are my two wonderfully terrible yet awesome subjects. Parents, or those that work with children know that asking one of them to stand still for a photograph rarely goes as planned, so instead of trying to get my kids to do exactly what I want, I lead them to a general area and let them pose/jump/run/wander/whatever on their own terms. I just hold the camera and keep my finger on the shutter button. My son, now 6, is starting to understand the process more and more each day which makes going out and taking photos that much easier.

Who do you think is overrated as a photographer or model?
 Everyone, including myself.

you do more than just photography, you design t-shirts as well tell us about that?
 Indeed, before I picked up a camera I worked at a screen printing studio as a graphic designer working on shirt designs, websites, and print projects for an insane amount of clients, mostly within the music industry but not limited to. Since then I still do freelance graphic design work alongside photography. Creatively, I don’t think that I would be able to have one without the other.

You seem like a multi-talented person, yet I’m sure there’s at least one thing you can’t do..
 I don’t know how to cook… yet.

What advice would you give multi talented people to be more focused at their work? (since you do so much along with photography) 
 Be mindful of your creativity and listen to what it tells you because inspired work will always be your best work. If creativity is tapping you on the shoulder, take it by the hand and don’t ask any questions.

where do you find yourself the most? photography or design?
 As a stay at home dad of two young animals, time is a tool that has to be used very wisely. I find myself primarily doing photography because it provides me with a two birds, one stone scenario. It allows me to scratch the creative itch and run wild with the animals at the same time. 

How does it feel to see somebody wear a t-shirt you designed?

 It’s embarrassing, awkward, exciting, humbling, strange and a few other feelings all at the same time. It’s amazing that there are those who acknowledge that my work is good enough to be worn on a shirt or hung on a wall, but there are also times where the whole idea of such seems ridiculous and I wish that I kept all of my work to myself.

Tell us about

 Shuttrr was as idea I had to create an invite only social network of photographers. I really didn’t have a reason why other than the want to create something potentially important to those who use it. With the help of a programmer friend, we quickly had something up within days and started handpicking and inviting people to join. For fear of creating something similar to a myspace cess pool, we kept the membership invite only. We ended up with a small but decent and quickly growing group of great photographers sharing work/information/knowledge. Unfortunately, with a wave of server crashes later, a database lost, and bugs we couldn’t keep up with, we allowed the ship to sink. No joy.

 Walk us through your creative process ( from coming up with the idea until it’s fully executed) 
Most of the time my creative process could be similar to playing russian roulette, or maybe a roulette wheel, either or. Once in a blue moon I’ll have a light bulb moment and have a clear concept on what I want. Either way, the process is still a lot of trial and error, some struggle, more work, sleep, wake up, more struggle, and then it’s finished and you look at it and have no idea how it happened. Some days are easier. 

What type of photography do you find challenging? 
 I find formal photography to be a bit challenging, especially when shooting weddings. I prefer to shoot candidly, and without interfering or asking too much from the subjects. Formalities are usually forced, and an attempt at perfection which to me isn’t as beautiful as imperfection.

Describe your favorite image taken by you. 
 I haven’t seen it yet.

Who do you look up to as a photographer?
I look up to anyone who can consistently come up with amazing work that stands out among the rest. Those who create for the sake of creating and nothing else. Those who see the beauty in things that I have yet to see or may have overlooked.

Describe your favorite image taken by another photographer.
 I enjoy so many from all sorts of artists/photographers, but if I had to choose one it would be this photo by Lauren Rosenbaum. It has so much movement and emotion yet is incredibly simple and naturalistic. It says so much without having to say much at all.

If you could be anything other than a photographer what would you be?
 Probably working in the forestry industry or similar, or a journalist. I enjoy writing a lot but have never taken it past the point of “weekend hobby”. 

What are you still learning? 
 Still and will always be learning everything, even when it feels like I’m not. 

If you can photograph anyone or anything in the world who/what would it be?
 Any of the pyramids in Egypt or Central America, or my kids hanging out on a glacier in Iceland.

What movie/play/book/ music inspire you?
 I have more books than anything else and I am continuously inspired by them. I enjoy a good story from any genre or age category, fiction or non fiction. I have a good/bad habit of reading a lot of books in the same period of time, which can range from poetry by Shel Silverstein to backyard gardening to mysticism. Everything has to do with everything.

What inspires you the most?
 The unconditional love that nature provides for everything in existence. It is an ultimate truth that we have yet to fully comprehend or even become aware of. Each and every moment that brings me closer to that truth is always inspiring. 
How can you describe your style?
I haven’t given much thought to style in my work. Abstract?

Did photography change you? Your vision? The way you see the world? 
Of course! How could it not? Every new image, every new creation shows me something I haven’t seen before. Even the tiniest of realizations can cause you to wake up to a new truth/perspective/understanding of the world. 

If you had magical powers (breath underwater/fly/be invisible) what kind of pictures would you be taking?
 I suppose that would depend on how deep I can swim or how high I can fly. If I was invisible I would find out what my cats do while I’m out of the house. Is my camera also invisible?

How would people describe you?
 Stubborn, probably.  

It seems that nature and outdoors plays a big roll in your photography atmosphere  is that right?
 Indeed it does. Nature is everything. As a species we tend to create conveniences for our lives in spite of nature, instead of creating ways to live with it. It would be a shame for any child not to know the joys of walking barefoot in mud, or scraping a knee while climbing a tree, or picking wildflowers in a field, or any of the other infinite things one can do outside whilst wild and free. That freedom is a necessity to living happily with nature. Hippie much?

And you have a thing for humming birds…
 Small but mighty and beautiful creatures they are.

Can you share a before and after with us?
Absolutely. Here is my latest manipulation. 

Do you watch any photoshop tutorials or read any books? if so, please link
 Rarely do I watch or read any tutorials about photoshop or anything art related. My best learning (from reading or watching videos) comes from focusing more on the theory side of the spectrum, and not so much the technical side. The technical stuff I sort of figure out as I go, or from watching someone else do it in person. My mind tends to function in a non-linear kind of way especially when it comes to creativity, and step by step tutorials tend to work best when your mind is in linear mode, and I haven’t found that mode yet. 

When you first started using photoshop what was the most challenging thing for you to learn?
Keyboard shortcuts, menu options, and tool memorization. Workflow plays a huge part in the process of creating anything, especially so on a computer. It was frustrating knowing what I wanted Photoshop to do, but not knowing where that tool or option was. 

Would you let me interview you again?
 Always and forever.
Find Kevin at : WebsiteFlickr