When I look at a photograph I need to be able to feel the aura of the photographer taking the shot. I want to be able to be transported into their frame of mind when they pressed the button. I want to feel, touch and inhale what they were experiencing.
These are some of the things I take into account when I am standing behind the camera. A picture is not just a picture, it has to something to say and yes it has to say more than just the thousand words. For me it has to have a texture, a feel, an atmosphere – the image has to live.
It’s pretty hard to transport all that via an image.
Yet there are photographers who manage to do that. Photographers who have a magical eye and are able to carry the viewer into their world and for a moment allow us to share their experience with them. They dare to be different and their images depict a bold confidence that is a cut above the rest.
William Brinson is one such photographer. I met him on Twitter and it was love at first sight – with his work. We hit it off well and realized that we share not only an appreciation for each others work, but have the same views when it comes to photography. When I asked William if he would be interested to share a few things about himself and his photography for our Plate to Page blog he was in from the word go.
So please help us welcome William Brinson, our first star guest on photography.
How did you get started? My interest for photography began in high school. I was a typical misdirected suburban teenager and my high school art teacher introduced me to photography. It was college or the army, I chose college. After a year of community college, I attended Savannah College of Art and Design. I wasn't sure if I wanted to shoot fashion or still life, so I came to NYC and assisted.
Why did you choose this field? Food found me. I had already been shooting still life and I started shooting food because I loved it. My dad is also a big foodie, so he got me interested on a certain level. Everyone told me to stay away from shooting food, it was extremely difficult, but to me it seemed very natural.
What has changed over the years, in your opinion? I have changed as the industry changed, film went to digital and I adapted with the times. Your art should always be evolving and this is through subject and technique. As long as you have a good core understanding of your craft, then the changes will come naturally. I am always excited to try new things.
How has your style changed or developed or evolved?
I believe my style has always been my style, I just had to have the confidence to know it was connecting with others. I had tried many other styles and interests, because my taste is so diverse and eventually found my voice. I like to describe my style as a natural luxury. It is attainable yet still aspirational.
One or two things you learned along the way: Be true to your style, but don't be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone. The more you shoot outside of your comfort zone, you will see markers of your style reoccur, making it more obvious to you. Pushing yourself helps to reveal your true style. It doesn't mean you have to shoot the entire gamut but the more you shoot the more you realize what you are good at.
William Brinson Photography
Portfolio: William Brinson Photography
Blog: House of Brinson