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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.


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10 Questions: Alex James


UK based photographer Alex James, approaches his work scientifically; a quest to discover what triggers human emotion through visual sense.  A former stonemason and bricklayer, Alex made the switch 6 years ago to doing what he loves - teaching himself to shoot - and working to live, so he can spend every precious moment in life with his loved ones, especially his family.  Alex’s work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

Alex will be speaking at at Choo Choo Camp this October, 10 - 13th 2016, in NYC! If you want to hear him speak, sign up and confirm your ticket here.

1. What does making images mean to you?

Our most dominant sense as human beings is our sense of sight. “Research estimates that eighty to eighty five percent of our perception, learning, cognition and activities are mediated through vision”

I am intrigued by why a person wants to look at an image. I’ve concluded that it comes down to two main things, an emotional connection to the image or an attraction to the artistic nature or beauty of the image. A recent study showed an increase in blood flow to a certain part of the brain when the viewer looks at images with one or both of those factors. I try to remember those things when making pictures. There has to be a why?


2. What is life to you? What it should be?

This is something I’ve thought a lot about. It’s essentially a statistical impossibility that we even exist. Whether you believe we have overcome these incredible odds by natural forces or by the hand of a higher intelligence, it doesn’t matter. Life is a Miracle! A privilege we should cherish. Accepting that helps us to recognise that every single person is special and has equal right to love and respect. No one person is better than another.

I live my life with this in mind. I live to enjoy experiences and relationships, especially with those who I love, my family and friends. I want to make the most of my short stint of existence in time.


3. There are a lot of professions out there - why be a photographer?

I haven’t always been a photographer. I spent the first 20 years of my working life in construction. I am a stonemason and bricklayer by trade. It’s only the last 6 years or so  that I’ve been making a living through photography. A very different career. It’s a very pleasant change. I enjoy it and as the saying goes “if you do a job you love, you will never work a day in your life”


4. How much is your family an influence on the way you view life, see things?

They completely influence my view and way of doing things. I had a quite a difficult childhood in terms of relationships etc. I never had a Dad around and spent my whole childhood planning for being one.

I am now a dad to 3 awesome kids and have a beautiful, supporting wife. I want to enjoy every single moment I can with them and live my life in a way that makes that happen. I work to live and not the other way around.

I’m not interested in materialism or success in the generally accepted sense of the word. I am only interested in happiness…..which is what they give me.


5. Are you creativity satisfied at the moment?

Probably not. I’m never completely satisfied with my work and I’m always self-criticising and looking to improve. I think that this is normal and probably necessary to prevent stagnation.


6. What are you reading now?

I don’t get much down time to read but I’ve just finished “Road To Seeing” by Dan Winters. A masterpiece!


7. Have you had any mentors along the way?

No not really. I’m completely self-taught. If anything, I was probably moulded by some brutally honest people on photography forums in the early days.


8. Is/Are there any project(s) you wish you could do - or might do?

I’ve always wanted to document the lives of homeless people. A series of photographs with accompanying stories. I’ve had a number of conversations with homeless people and some of their stories are sobering. I think there is value in them being heard. I’d also really like to see a little more of this beautiful world before I check out. A people in landscape series is something I’d like to do


9. Do you shoot with your left or right eye?

I shoot with my right eye. I had an accident at work before I took up photography that left me pretty much blind in my left eye. It’s about 20% functional. Good job I had a spare one.


10. If you were to start all over again, is there anything you would do differently? Why?

I’d definitely get more involved with other photographers, earlier. In the beginning I never appreciated the value of connecting with other photographers.

I’ve since come to realise there is a great network of support and encouragement out there in the photographic community. We are often very isolated in this job, so it’s good to form friendships with, be supported by and inspired, by other like-minded people


11.  Bonus Q: Do you think the gear you use affects the way you photograph? Why? 

I’ve been using Nikon equipment from the beginning; I’m very comfortable with the system. But I don’t think it affects the way I work

It’s just a tool for the job.

If you have a clear vision of what you want to produce I don’t think it matters.



I wasn’t schooled on film and came straight into photography through the Digital medium; I have no nostalgic attachment to film. Digital images are cheaper to create and actually very good quality these days, so I’m happy to shoot it exclusively. The film presets available also do a very good emulation job if you want to get that type of look. Digital is a lot less hassle for me.

I use my own custom presets for most of my work although I am a little obsessed with the LXC Presets by Tribe Archipelago at the moment.