Saturday, August 10, 2013

Interview with Josh Hedge

Josh Hedge is a 21 year old self taught photographer from Australia. He uses both film and digital but prefers to film photography. We featured his work here before, and today we asked him to tell us a little bit about him and his work.

Hi Josh, can you introduce yourself?
I'm a 21 year old artist from Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia.

Can you tell us for how long have you been into photography?
Uhm around 2 and a half years.. I've never studied photography or did art at school so it's been a really fun and interesting journey so far picking it up from scratch. But I wouldn't of had it any other way!

How did you get started with film photography?
I guess I'm just an old fashioned kind of person so I was instantly drawn to film photography not long after I started taking photos, You see all these awesome portraits of famous people of the past like Jim Morrison and James Dean taken on film and it just seems to capture their eccentric energy so well and I liked the idea of only being able to have one go at getting an image. It's a shame with digital that you can take a photo and if you don't like it you can delete it and start again..Where as film is the moment your in and nothing more, Nothing less.

What camera did you start with, and what are you shooting with these days?
Haha my nan loves 2nd hand shops and she found an old Ricoh point-and-shoot for me, so I gave it a go and it worked..Nothing to special though and I ended up finding a Minolta SRT-101 a bit later on which I used for about a year and built a strong bond with, I made a switch to Pentax after that and it's what I use to this day, Switching between a K1000 and a spotomatic. I've got various others that I've picked up or been given to along the way but those two are definitely my favourite. All the film cameras I've used have never had a working light-meter in it though so I've had to guess the settings for every single photo I've taken!

Do you have a favorite photographer?
I actually don't funnily enough.. I love all photographers as they all have their own unique way of pausing moments in our ever moving existence, But if it's inspiration I'm after I just listen to music or read poetry. Words are just as powerful and beautiful as images!

Any message for other film photographers? Or maybe a tip you would like to share?
Of course, Just enjoy the freedom we have as photographers to express who you are and how you view this world we live in, Take photos of nothing and give them meaning! Don't worry about what camera model you have.. whether it's old or whatever as it's your imagination that creates an image not the camera + Don't compare yourself to other artists it will only cause yourself unnecessary frustration.. Run around outside photograph the sunlight, ocean, trees, people and clouds..The world is filled with infinite subjects to shoot.

You might cop a bit of criticism but as long as it's constructive take it on board but at the end of the day do whatever you feel is right and thats all that matters.

A simple tip that I love doing is light leaking once or twice during a roll of film, Simple open the back of the camera body up for about a second or two and quickly close it again.. Doing this will create that leaked yellow & red through some of your images which I personally like, Some might not though so it's up to you. Keep in mind it's a very delicate procedure and it can sometime ruin the whole roll of film!

Josh, thank you for the interview!

For more of Josh Hedge's work, visit his website, Tumblr and Facebook page.

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