Thursday, November 5, 2009

Interview with our Holga Giveaway Winner!

One of our Lightmanship readers, Jennifer in California, was the winner of our Holga Giveaway last month! I took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her background and interest in photography, what she likes about Lightmanship, and how she plans to use the Holga...

Lightmanship: How would you characterize your interest in photography? Are you actively
photographing? If so, what is your favorite type of photography to do and what
equipment do you use?

Jennifer:  Photography was my first passion and I naturally gravitated to film, where I've been for many, many years. In the last couple of years, I re-discovered my love for photography. Professionally I take shots of artwork for 2D & 3D artists, and have done some weddings, although, that is not really my thing. Mostly, my photography is personal and/or fine art. I've never really classified it. The most important thing is that it brings me joy. I realize that sounds cheesy, but it's true.

My camera is like an extension of my arm and brain. I carry either my point and shoot or DSLR with me at all times.

If I had to classify my photography I'd say documentary, with experimental and fine art mixed in. I shoot with a 50D and have a two lenses, 50mm and 28-135mm. It's a pretty basic set up, but it does what I need. I also have a Canon D10. I bought this fantastic little point and shoot a few months ago. I love being in the water, so this camera is a perfect blend of Surf and Turf. I have other cameras, but I'm not doing much with them these days.

Lightmanship: What is your favorite type of blog post here at Lightmanship?

Jennifer: I enjoy the pondering posts where you ask philosophical questions; What makes a good photograph, etc. The way you work through the answer is very apparent, and I like seeing which roads you take to get there. I usually agree with your findings as well.
I really liked the recent post about shooting 35mm. I'm a filmmaker and I love shooting Super8 and 16mm. Because of that, I understand the frugality of film and thinking before pulling the trigger. I also remember this when shooting video, because I don't want to fish through extra footage when editing. With photography I feel the same, although I do tend to snap of a lot more images when shooting digitally.

Lightmanship: What subject matter do you plan to photograph with the new Holga?

Jennifer: If the camera comes by the 27th, I plan to take it with me to Oaxaca for Dia de los Muertos. I haven't thought much father than that.

Because the Holga is so compact, I plan on carrying it around loaded and see what I come upon.

Lightmanship: Thanks Jennifer!

Michael Grace-Martin is a professional wedding, portrait, event, stock, and fine art photographer based in Upstate New York. He is also the author of this blog. All images and text are (c) Michael Grace-Martin Photography.His main website is:

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