I had a unique opportunity to sit down with fellow photographer Geoff Ridenour and ask a few questions that as a photographer, I often wonder and think would be beneficial for others alike. I strongly believe in the benefits of learning from one another, and I feel very lucky to know him, work with him, and see him every day :o)
Do people or things inspire you?
I find inspiration all around me. It’s not limited to the art world either, everyday events sometimes hold more inspiration for me. As a portrait photographer I spend a lot of time observing people and their interactions in both the real world and on the movie screen. Photography has taught me how to see the world around me. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a film without analyzing lighting setups, casting and facial expressions. The same can be said about my daily life, I am always being inspired by my experiences. In short my answer would have to be both.
Do you create or find your images?
I would say I make photographs, find inspiration and create a visual narrative in my mind. I am fascinated with the creative process. I have tried to understand how the process has worked for others in the past as a way to understand my own. I recently produced a short video on the topic that can be found here: RidenourPhoto: The Creative Process
Do you think you have a style?
Style is something I think a lot of young photographers search for in the beginning. I know I spent months asking myself this question. However, it wasn’t until I pushed past the idea of developing a style that one emerged and when it did I couldn’t see it. As I began showing the work to people I realized there was a theme in critique and comments. It took others to point out that I had developed a style of my own. Since then I have honed my skills and worked at refining that style into what I had envisioned in my mind from the start.
What keeps you doing what you are doing?
Passion. It’s hard to be creative and driven without passion for what you do. I think this translates to most creative endeavors. If I didn’t want to do this I wouldn’t be making photographs. The passion I have for photography has become my life. It’s not something I can turn off, nor would I want to. I got into this field initially because I didn’t want a nine to five, instead I got a 24/7 career and I wouldn’t change a thing.
Are any of your images based on/inspired by personal memories?
That is a tough question with a simple answer, yes.
Any recent features or articles on your work?
This one! In addition I have had a few small successes lately throughout the web. I recently had a photograph featured on Emerging Photographer, single images showcased on Photo Extract and Fstoppers and a series was published in the second issue of 5×5 Photo Magazine. More recently a new series Youthful Expressions was selected for the online Behance Student Show.