Thu, 25 June 2015
Jon Wilkening left a successful career in finance to become a fine art photographer. His whole life, he felt like he was different and couldn't shake a sense of not quite belonging. It's hardly surprising when you think he's an American whose childhood was spent in the Netherlands and India. He was 12 by the time he settled permanently in the US.
Jon speaks about his fascinating upbringing and about how he came to make a risky, yet fulfilling leap from finance to photography. You'll also hear about the influence AJ Leon and the force of nature that is Misfit Inc had on his life.
A special mention goes to Jane Boyd, a mutual friend who brought Jon and I together for the show.
Sat, 21 March 2015
Peter Cox is a successful professional landscape photographer based in Co. Cork in Ireland. He is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help publish his second book—"Atlantic Light". To say it has been a huge success so far would be an understatement—like saying the summit of K2 is a bit of a walk.
Peter is no stranger to Kickstarter success. His previous book campaign was almost 400% funded and he is on track to repeat that this time round.
In this episode of The Documentary Photographer Podcast, Peter talks about what you need to run a successful Kickstarter campaign and explains what went into his latest book project.
Peter is also an early adopter of drone technology for his photography and his latest book will feature photographs taken exclusively from the air. He explains what drew him to drone photography and tells of some of the mishaps along the way.
If you have plans to run a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book of your photographs, Peter has some wonderful and useful insights for you.
You can see Peter's Kickstarter campaign here: Peter Cox Kickstarter for Atlantic Light.
His website is here: Peter's website.
Wed, 11 March 2015
Can you make money from smartphone photography? Yes, you can. In this episode of The Documentary Photographer podcast, American photographer Stephen Serio talks about his Instagram photography and how it fits in with his career as a professional photographer.
He also talks about his recent switch from being a staff magazine photographer to a freelancer, along with the reasons behind the move. He also explains how he is using the contacts he built up as a magazine photographer to build his freelance client base in and around Chicago.
Stephen also explains the "architecture of light", a principle he learned from one of his mentors, documentary photographer David Plowden.
You can see Stephen's work on his website (www.stephenserio.com) and follow his smartphone photography on Instagram, where he is @phoned_it_in.
Wed, 18 February 2015
In a change from the norm, Canadian photographer Jonathan Desmond takes the reins of the podcast and asks regular host Roger Overall questions about how he approaches documentary photography. In particular, they talk about how to explain to both wedding and corporate clients what documentary photography is. Roger talks about the importance of letting your passion for the authentic moment shine through.
Fri, 2 January 2015
In this episode documentary photographer and teacher Iesha Small talks about her project documenting depression.
Iesha explains how her own spell of depression resulted in her taking up photography. She also talks about using text and audio in her work, and about how she approaches such a sensitive topic.
You can see Iesha's photography and stories at http://www.mindshackles.co.uk/