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Imbuing an image with wonder and curiosity

Aubra Franklin is a photographer based in San Antonio, Texas. His passion for photography began as an architecture student. Throughout his architectural education and career, he had the fortune to travel to many cities throughout the United States photographing iconic and significant cities and buildings. In 2009 he picked up his camera again and quickly realized this would be a rekindled passion that would fill a much-desired healthy creative outlet. Tell us a little about yourself and your journey into fine art photography? My photographic journey began as an architecture student, photographing iconic structures. I found myself capturing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water in the morning stillness, drawn to its lines surrounded by a fresh blanket of newly fallen snow. And, while at Hearst Castle, I sought to photograph the mansions white limestone facade against an intense cobalt blue sky. Photography for me is about capturing a mood, a feeling. It’s not about showing the viewer something they can already see, but instead about sharing my understanding of the layers, light and shadow, tone, texture …

Photography as a creative outlet

Cardiologist Amr El-Shafei was raised in Egypt before moving to the United States in the mid-nineties. His story with photography began back in Egypt, where his grandfather was a founder of Egyptian TV and his uncles followed suit. He spent his childhood behind the scenes of Egyptian movies and TV programs. Growing up with that creative process and the cameras, Amr developed a creative itch that would follow him into adulthood. At 18, Amr started medical school, and photography fell off of the horizon. “Medicine doesn’t like partners,” he says, “so you learn how to focus and love the process of learning.” Amr ended up specializing in cardiology – a specialty, he says, that is very dependent on creativity. “And that’s why you see a lot of cardiologists have a kind of artistic side with music, writing, or photography. So it’s not uncommon to see cardiologists involved in some aspect of art.” After finishing school, he realized that he had a small window to explore something new. “If I didn’t find time to explore something that I loved at this …

How Mikael Helsing gained a new perspective on the great outdoors

The end of Mikael Helsing’s frustrating career as a professional skier marked the start of a different career. Photographing the mountains was the next challenge – where Mikael’s knowledge from various adventure sports combined with his knowledge of nature to help him discover and capture special locations and moments. Interview with Innovafoto: Can you talk a bit about yourself and how you built a career in outdoor photography? I’m Swedish, but have lived and worked in Spain since 1991. I was introduced to the world of photography in Sweden, a couple of years before my move when I came to the realization that my career as a skier wasn’t as successful as I had hoped. I had to change plans. My combination of nature lover, sports fan, and photographer helped pave the way to my new career in outdoor photography. Since then, I have been shooting photos of outdoor activities and sports for clients from all over the world. I’ve shot a wide variety of sports – skiing, mountain biking, trekking, trail running, cycling, running, …

The pure passion and sensitivity of Isabel Ruiz’s photography

Isabel is the example of perseverance and the never-ending search for “the” photo. With a camera in her hands since she was a child, she finds in Phase One the definitive tool to express herself. Isabel travels the world with her XT, capturing unforgettable moments.   “Isabel’s work is recognizable by a sincere aesthetic, and at the same time full of subtle complexity, which encourages us to contemplate the scenarios that move the author. To achieve this requires exquisite photography from capture through post that allows all these emotions to be properly transmitted.” José María Mellado By Isabel I was born in Uruguay, lived in Spain during my adolescence, and am currently based in Peru. I’m a businesswoman but have also been passionate about landscape photography since I was a child. I always carried my camera to photograph nature – from the white sand beaches and deserts of Uruguay, to the mountains of Peru where I settled permanently. In 2010, I became more dedicated to my photography, alongside my business work. Now, I explore different …

The Art of Creative Expression with Tony Hewitt

Tony Hewitt is a multi-award winning Australian fine art photographer. Do you remember the moment when you decided you were going to become a photographer? I remember wanting to be a photographer from early on. I’m not sure of the exact moment, but I do recall shooting an image of the setting sun as it glistened through the tall grass, shot through the front window of my car at the age of 17. I used the strip of window tint across the top as a gradient filter. This was my first landscape image and still hangs on the wall at my sisters house, (although I must admit to not really understanding much more at the time than it looked good, and the camera was on auto. This was the beginning of my journey as a photographer. Why did you choose to focus on landscape and fine art photography? After a career involving nearly 1000 weddings and thousands more portraits, I found myself moving into the commercial genres, and ultimately began pursuing private projects. This was …

Peter Latham brings New Zealand’s landscapes to your home

Peter Latham is a fine art landscape photographer from New Zealand who captures his country’s epic scenery in incredible detail. His photographs can be seen in private and corporate collections around the world, as well as, more recently, New Zealand’s Auckland International Airport.   I’ve loved photography from a young age, back when we processed film the old-fashioned way and it all felt magical. I fell for it immediately. But my first real foray into photography happened in my 20s. I had quit my job at a camera store and decided to cycle for 5 months around New Zealand’s South Island, bringing along as much camera equipment as I could carry, i.e. a Bronica ETRS 120. Two years later I started a tour around the globe as a photographer, aboard 17 different cruise ships. On one of these cruise ships we got an Epson 7600 (24”) printer. We were shooting everything on film, scanning 8×10 studio portraits and printing them onto canvas. I was so impressed by the process that when I gave up ship …

Finding your story with the XT Camera System: Andrew Ling in Alaska

When we created the XT Camera System, we imagined it travelling to some of the rarest and most remote destinations on Earth, at the side of adventurous photographers. So when we heard Andrew Ling was taking the XT to Alaska, we felt it was like a dream come true. Andrew Ling is a travel photographer and creative producer based in Seattle, Washington. He likes to venture out in the wilderness and get himself in trouble, because that’s what keeps him and his creativity alive, bringing him in front of some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Andrew didn’t always know he’d be a photographer and adventurer. He has a degree in Marketing, and grew up thinking he would end up in managing a business. However, his love for the outdoors slowly took over, until someone from Adobe noticed the pictures he’d been taking on his trips and sent him to Patagonia to visually document climate change. That was the point of no return for Andrew. Today, he works with brands like Adidas, the …

Managing the subjective experience – Pierre-Alain Folliet

My decision to focus on photography came at a time when people were reaching out with project proposals that I had to refuse due to the lack of time. I realized that if I kept refusing photo projects, they’d stop coming to me, and if I really wanted to do photography I needed to start prioritizing it. In fact, photography is a way of life for me. I live for photography, I live through photography, I express myself through the image. The first memory I have related to photography is from when I was about 12 years old and we had a flood in Geneve. I took my mother’s Rolleiflex and went out to take pictures, declaring myself a reporter. I took 12 pictures, because that’s how many the film allowed, and returned home feeling the proudest I’ve ever felt. “I search for the extraordinary in everything because I’m not much interested in the norm. I love going beyond the norm, even when that means I’ll suffer to get there.” Today I shoot nature because …

Celebrating life through photography – Rudy Atallah

I was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon to an American mother and a Lebanese father. In 1984, I moved to the United States, joined the Air Force after college, and ended up in the First Gulf War. I served for 21 years and retired in 2009 after the Mærsk Alabama hostage rescue – the Captain Phillips story. After that, I started White Mountain Research, along with my work for two nonprofits: The Nazarene Fund and The Blessing Projects. Oftentimes, on business trips or while traveling for nonprofit work, I carry a camera with me. When I get to take a break, I sometimes capture things that move my heart. I don’t just arbitrarily pull the camera out of the bag and start shooting, I have to feel something when I point my lens towards a subject. My passion for photography started off, believe it or not, during the First Gulf War. I was flying combat missions back and forth around Saudi Arabia, and I used to carry a camera in my helmet bag. When …

Capturing time in landscape – Ken Rhodes

I always had a passion for photography. I did quite a bit of film photography when I was in high school, but at university I put the camera down for several years as I pursued an advanced degree and raised a family. I picked it up again about 10 years ago and revived my interest in landscape photography in a way that surprised even myself. “You can plan only so much about how the final image will look, the rest is up to nature and time. This element of uncertainty is what draws me to long exposure photography.” Today, photography enables me to express myself in a way that I can’t do in my career as a scientist. In science, we have a very structured approach to running experiments. Many of the things we do have to meet fairly strict criteria as we, let’s say, advance molecules from the laboratories into human clinical studies. Landscape photography, and particularly long exposure photography, lets me bring this experimentation out into the landscape. Long exposure introduces an element …

Finding a new home – Miles Flint

After many years of just taking pictures, it was 2009 when I heard that Phase One were running a 10-day workshop in Death Valley, California, and I managed to get a spot. It was during that trip that I realized just how little I knew, how much I had to learn. I realized I needed to examine myself and my motivation for doing photography, and make a cognitive change. That’s the time I began to read other books, look at other photographers, go to museums, art galleries, and really start to think much deeper about photography and art. I started out with a business background. In business, everything was measurable. You knew how well you were doing, you knew that if you made your quarterly numbers or your annual budget it meant you were doing well. When you start out in the art life, there is no way of assessing objectively how well you’re doing, which is why I think most photographers are somehow a bit insecure. They know what they’re doing, they know what …

Extraordinary experiences: Photography as a practice of self-growth

Hong Zuo is a Chinese-American landscape photographer living between Boston and Beijing. After a chance encounter with photography on a hiking trip, Hong fell in love with what is now her favorite medium for self-expression, as well as a practice that helps her keep a healthy mind and body.   I don’t consider myself a professional photographer, although I am a passionate one. In fact, I have a career in accounting. Still, photography is not just a hobby for me, it’s a way of life – my way of evolving as a person. And I take it quite seriously as well. So far, I’ve published a best-selling Landscape Photography Album, I’ve exhibited my work in many cities, either in solo exhibitions or as part of international photo exhibitions, and I’ve been lucky to sign with the best photo agencies in China. In 2017, I was also honoured to receive the “Excellent Photographer Award” in the Pingyao International Photography Festival, the largest photo exhibition in China. Back in 2002, I had some serious health issues that …