Lumitrix Artist's Questionnaire
Describe the space within which you work?
I live in Vancouver, Canada and so it's easy for me to go to a forest or go by the water and immediately feel inspired. Therefore, a lot of my creative process manifests during my walks in nature. From there, it helps me navigate to find locations I want to visit and create images.
Describe your process as a photographer?
With regards to personal projects and my process, I usually start with research or web-scouting and then I try to make mood board and references that could inspire both ideas and an approach to the new location I want to visit before I start shooting. Once I have created a list of things I want to do and see, I just try to be out and present within the location. Sometimes I get excited and I edit the photographs the same day and equally, there are other times that I’ll just shoot an image with my phone and post it right away. But for the most part, I try to sit on my photographs for a week and take a break then come back to it with fresh eyes.
Which photographer are you most influenced by?
I love old school photographers like Paul Outebridge, and Saul Leiter and Alex Webb and Franco Fontana as well as Fred Herzog. A lot of painters inspire me as well, from Van Gogh, Joan Miro, to Pablo Piccaso and David Hockney. I just love colours and find their process fascinating.
How has your education informed you?
I went to Emily Carr in Vancouver, which is an art school and it really shaped my critical thinking and thought process that I still apply to my creative work and my personal livelihood.
Which photograph(s) would you like to collect?
I have recently been into the series Polar Night, 2019 by the photographer Mark Mahaney.
Which opportunity has defined your career thus far?
I would say that just having the Instagram platform and having a better iPhone has given me a chance to shoot and post instantly and to have an audience, as well as peers, be involved at such speed. The instant comments, reactions, validations, and adulation is so integral to the process and the drive to making good photographs. Also, I found a place within that Instagram platform to talk to peers or like-minded artists that wouldn’t have met and be inspired by in a physical setting.
Is there a subject that you’re yet to explore?
I am always interested in exploring new things and would like to do more experimental analog printing.
Has social media positively impacted your work?
Absolutely! From my process of work to meeting clients to my network has blossomed in ways that I could only dream of before social media blew up.
Which of your travels has inspired you?
I would like to visit the Philippines again and document my visit now that I’m a photographer. I think there is so much to see and interesting people in every region.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Believe in yourself!