Maurice Northrup [maurice]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
What is your favourite type of photography?
Whether it be portrait, fashion or commercial photography I like to photograph people the most. The personality, charachter and emotion people bring to still images has always excited me.
What do you try to express through your photography?
A conversation. I like my subject to show a part of their personality and charachter. I like the viewer to see my style and approach and the viewer should have an opinion.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Like all photographers I go through the usuall equipment check and so forth but the most important thing I do is to try and clear my mind of preconcieved ideas about the shoot this is not to say I don't have an objective or understanding of what is expected I try to make these things as clear as possible by listening and talking with my client. I just like to try and make sure I have the proper emotional attitude when shooting. Take for example having done a certain type of shot a thousand times I try to clear my head of being bored with and approach it with the attitude that I am going to have fun and create something exciting.
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I always start a session with something in mind but always look for opportunity during the session for something different and exciting. I am very open minded once the shooting begins.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I personally shoot with Nikon cameras I find the layout and accessibility to controls easily within reach when shooting and I like their lenses.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Lightroom and photoshop.
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I always upload the smallest files possible and make sure my copyright is visible.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
Absolutely not if anything it is widening the gap. The technolgy for photography as a field is far more advanced today than it was even just a couple of years ago. Setting up a proper digital workflow, profiling and calibrating require an advanced knowledge of color theory that far surpasses what was necesary back in film days not to mention file preperation, editing and software required for todays output devices.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
You really can't be to artistic without having a good understanding of the technical aspects of photography required to create the art. I think I have a nice balance of both.
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
This is a broad question as their are many answers. There are all kinds of rules created throughout history on this very subject going back as far as Plato and the golden mean. All of these rules for composition and framing really have just one goal. To creat visual impact that the viewer cannot tear themselves away from easily forcing them to study and interact with the image on a personal level.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
Good question. I think personal style plays a large role in this answer. Waiting, watching and interacting are also important. Something that is often overlooked is communication and the ability to listen effectively to the client are probubly the most important and least thought of or discussed.
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
Whenever one feels the need.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
No. I think this is because of the shear volume of photographic images in our society that we are exposed too every day. Commercial art that immedieatly goes out into the mainstream for advertisments and communications is what most people are producing, simple images with a quick message is what is predominetly out their lessinging the impact of more serious retrospectives and fine art. I think also the lack of serious art reviewers and funding for photographic artist to produce personal works is making this venue really difficult for serious artist.