Bruce K. Haley, Jr. [bkhaley]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
Yes I do. It's http://www.bkhaleyphotography.com
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
The first time I used a camera for anything other than snapshots, was to record my experiences in Vietnam in 1968. That only lasted a week or two when my camera was stolen. It wasn't until 1999 that I picked up a camera again at the encouragement of an online friend who knew that I was looking for a creative outlet at a time in my life where I was at a crossroads emotionally. Even then, I didn't start seriously photographing until 2003 when I took a workshop from Jim Clark. It was then that I knew that I had found the creative outlet that I had always looked for.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I have no formal education as a photographer. What I've learned has been through self-study, help from other photographers and just getting out there and doing it.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
I've participated in over 100 exhibitions, my first being in Novemeber 2002. A list of exhibitions can be found at:
Please list any awards for your work.
A list of awards and honors can be found at:
What is your favourite type of photography?
What do you try to express through your photography?
I create emotions, feelings and memories through fine art photography, presenting nature not as the lens captures it, but as I see, feel and experience it Ė an endless array of exciting colors, shapes and designs.
Within the beauty of nature, lies the essence of our souls.
How do you choose your subjects?
For the most part, I think that my "subjects" choose me.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
I like to spend time getting the feel of my surroundings before I even touch my camera.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
There are times when I have a purpose in mind, but, for the most part, I'm open to what ever happens at the moment. I think that if you have a "list", you are subject to missing everything else that is going on around you.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I think that Canon and Nikon probably have the strongest hold on the industry, but the players are important in advancing the technology.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
Canon...Dell computers...Epson printers
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
Yes, I am. I think that I know and do more marketing than most fine art professionals mainly though my involvement with Artist Career Training, an virtual, online university that teaches artitsts how to make a better living making art. I believed in them as a student and now as an Art Marketing Mentor. To learn more, go to http://www.artistcareertraining.com.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
I admire and study all who have gone before me, artists as well as photographers.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
The difference between a professional and an amateur is the business of photography. There are many amateurs that are as good as, if not better, than a lot of professionals, they just don't make a living at it.
That said, the digital techology has opened up more possibilities to amateurs to express their vision.
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
My wife is my greatest collaborator.
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
I shoot and co-lead workshops with Jim Clark ... http://www.jimclarkphotography.com Jim was my mentor and one of the greatest things he taught me was that what comes from the heart is the most important element of photography. If you do that, your photograph will be successful.
In addition to Jim, we enjoy shooting with Les Miller ... http://www.lesmillerphotography.com Les was a fellow camera club member and to this day I remember thinking, if I could ever be as good as him, I would hav arrived.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
Definitely more artistic. Photography isnít about f/stops, shutter speeds or equipment. Itís about living, feeling, seeing. Itís about opening my mind to learning, not only about the people, places and things around me, but also, about me. Photography, for me, is life living, life giving.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
I'm very fortunate that composition comes naturally for me.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
Practice, practice, practice. Lean to become one with your surroundings and get in touch with your inner self. Your mind will tell you when you have what you want.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
I find this question ridiculous. What difference does it make? You use whatever is availble to you at the time.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
Yes I do think that it does thanks to people like Hal Gould ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Gould
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
One thing that I love to do is to actually move the camera as I shoot, literally painting the scene using the lens as a paintbrush.
Bruce K. Haley, Jr.
Charleston - USA