Interview with Camille Seaman
#1 Please introduce yourself
My name is Camille Seaman, I am a 42 yr. old woman living in Emeryville California, I am originally from NY.
#2 How did you get interested in photography?
I always was very comfortable with a camera in my hand from an early age, but I did not decide to use a camera seriously until I was 32 yrs. old. I became a professional at the age of 36.
#3 Do you have an artistic/photographic background?
I have a BFA from the SUNY at Purchase College, and before that I studied art at the FAME High School of Music and the Arts in Manhattan. I never had any technical photography courses.
#4 Which artist/photographer inspired your art?
Everyone and everything inspires me whether I like their work or not. In my thirties I decided to seek out Photographers whose work I admired and ask them questions and learn from them, My most important teacher has been Steve McCurry, he reminded me that photography has to be about that special sensitivity to a quality of light.
#5 How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph? Are you planning every step or is it always spontaneous?
I do not plan what i will photograph, nor do I put much research into where I am going or what to expect when I get there. I find I like to be guided and driven by my feeling, of what moves me, what feels special, what will be a powerful image.
#6 What fascinates you in places that you shoot?
I am guided by quality of light, if the light is not interesting to me I will wait, often many hours days or weeks. If the light isn’t there there is no point to press the shutter.
#7 Could you please tell us something about your technique and creating process?
My technique is to create the photograph in the camera, not after… that means I do not crop, or manipulate colors etc. I do use photoshop to adjust contrast, I print on Hahnemule Baryta Fine Art Paper using an Epson 9800.
#8 Could you tell our readers how to reach such excellent results in photography?
Practice seeing all the time, allow yourself to become sensitive to light (know what light is special and what light is un-emotive) learn what makes the way you see unique and honor your own vision.
#9 What do you do in your life besides photography?
I have two dogs that look like wolves, I spend a lot of time with them outside and I also knit often….
#10 What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?
I hope to continue to expand my creativity continue to create meaningful work etc. I have many projects that I will accomplish all over the world..
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