Viewing Category ~ photography

Back after quite a bit of a hiatus, mondays are inspiring once again. This week, Aidas Odonelis, a 26 year old photographer living in Toronto with his wife Meagan and dog, Brittany. I had the pleasure of meeting Aidas during our time together at the Ontario college of Art and Design almost a decade ago. Together they run their photography business, Ruby Photo Studio. He earned my bachelor’s degree with a photography major at NSCAD University where I developed an affinity for large format photography.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

A: My earliest memory of a creative activity would likely be finger painting or screen-printing at summer camp.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

A: It’s hard to imagine what I would be doing if not photographing. Realistically I’d likely be spending significantly more time rockclimbing, and perhaps writing. Alternatively, I’ve always imagined that being an architect would be a fulfilling career.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

A:  I draw a lot of inspiration from photographers and other artists whocreate work about what they care about instead of doing work to paybills. Specifically I admire the photography of Keith Ladzinksi for his sports and action photography, Robert Burley for his large format landscape work, Dan Winters for his portraits, Nathaniel Welch for his editorial work. The photography I enjoy the most is subtle and intelligent. I don’t like photographs that scream at you for attention. To me, a successful photograph draws the viewer in with aesthetics and lets them stay in there for a while before they understand the point. When they realize what the photograph is trying to say, its almost like they’ve been let in on an inside joke amongst a group of friends.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

A: The photo I’ve attached is from my final body of work while at NSCAD, ”Four and a Half Billion”. I had spent the day walking around Halifax with my view camera looking for images for this series. I felt very unfulfilled, as though I was forcing photographs. After a while I decided to head home and have some coffee before heading out again. I rested for a little bit at home and decided to head out again. This building down the street from our apartment had been under renovation for a long time and I walked past it everyday without paying too much attention to it. On this day however I stopped and looked at it and saw this. I had a wonderful “aha” moment and knew this was the image I was looking for. The goal of “Four and a Half Billion” was to create a series of images that showed a contrast between different time cycles ( natural cycles with natural elements, natural cycles with manufactured elements, manufactured cycles with natural elements, and manufactured cycles with manufactured elements) in order to gain a more accurate understanding of the earths age relative to our existence. This image illustrated to me the life cycle of apartment buildings through changing ownership and tenants over the years. A life cycle that we can understand relative to our own.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

feature shoot
Strobist
the f stopmag
climbing narc
the gear caster

A new week and an old talented friend to share with everyone this monday, meet Hussien Shaaban. Hussien and myself go way back, I first met him through a group of friends at Fine Arts College in Zamalek. He was one of the main founders of legendary Egyptian Boutique Design house FileClub. The beautiful thing about Hussien, isn’t just the way he’s able to capture and paint his vision via photographs, it’s also his attitude and passion for creating unique things everytime he gets an opportunity. Whether it’s a music video, an eclectic shoot or hanging out shooting celebrities from around the world, Hussien really is a pleasure to be around.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

H: As far as I can remember, it was either my first photography film I shot when I was in my adolescences, or maybe when i made a melody on the piano that I have never heard before.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

H: If I’m not doing photography or films, I would have been doing music.
It was my dream when I was a kid.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

H: Who :

Patrick Demarchelier
Baldovino Barani
Harry Borden
Rankin
Peter Beard
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Tarsem Singh
Darren Aronofsky
Stanley Kubrick
Tony Kaye
Michel Gondry
Mark Romaneck
Spike Jonze
Fernando Meirelles

What: Well I get mostly inspired by music, designs, stories, people and places i go to except the space and deep sea
and also movies like the fountain,the fall,space odyssey.

Where: I get inspired mainly under the shower lol and before I go to sleep mainly when I’m focused with a clear head.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

H: The photo is from a long term project called the project island. This was shot during the trial phase. The project revolves around an island with 20  + characters inspired by, art, paintings, movies,stories, dreams, nightmares and imagination. It’s also a project That I’d want to exhibit one day. So far, I have done 10 characters and there are still 10 to go.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

Behance.
YouTube.
FuBiz.
Vimeo.
dazeddigital

Monday is here and so is an old friend of mine, meet Shanghoon Jeong. One of the kindest most courteous people I personally know, Shanghoon, is the first photographer I ever worked with professionally back when I used to work as an Art Director in Toronto. His sense of colour and motion is quite unreal as his photographs have this ethereal wonderful quality that is unique to his style. This week Shanghoon gives us a little peek into what makes him tick, as well as the latest project he’s working on.


I: What’s the earliest memory of a creative activity you did?

S: I am not sure how old I was but I have all these memories of playing with Lego when I was young. I used to make all kinds of things. It stopped playing with Lego all together one day when I realized I didn’t have enough yellow blocks to make a lion head and I really wanted to make a Lego lion head. Just like that, Lego days were behind me.

I: If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?

S: I think I would have been a cook. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. Also, it gives you a full control over what you are making. You can create something different. You get to boss people around, also. LOL.

I: Inspiration, who? what? where?

S: My inspiration comes from imagination and things that happens in life mostly. I will see something or experience something and sometimes I want to transfer that feeling or mood to the pictures. They also comes from other photographers like Kenji Toma, Kenji Aoki, Craig Cutler and more. Sometimes me just surfing the web or reading magazines or books is enough to give you so many ideas to shoot.

I: Share any of piece your work, recent or old and talk about it.

S: This is my recent shot I did for Coors Light. I started to work with splash and liquid. I love capturing the unexpected moments. It’s like all shots are accidents but happy accidents. This shot particular was bit tough because the product didn’t exist at the time so the can is basically built in photoshop. Getting the right splash pieces was real time consuming but really fun and rewarding.

I: Name 5 websites that you check often.

ffffound
New York Times Magazine
A photo editor
The F stop Mag
Ads of the world



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