Max tells us about himself with a simple Q&A
Q1. Who is Max?
Max is a people photographer. He was given his first camera at the age of 8, but it
wasn’t until recently that he discovered that photographing people was what he
really wanted to do.
Q2. Where do you get your inspiration?
Models often ask me before a shoot what we’re going to be doing. I never have
anything specific in mind except perhaps for a location or two, as I want the mood,
the model and the natural light to dictate what we photograph. The next part is uploading the images and getting the creative juices flowing in post-production using Lightroom and Photoshop. I don’t always know what I’m looking for until I see it.
Q3. Did you have any training?
I had a fun childhood, living in many countries, learning languages and experiencing different cultures from an early age, that was pretty good training for life in general. I studied architecture and design in Edinburgh, but photography has been a case of learning by doing more of what I like and less of what I don’t.
Q4. How would you describe your art?
I aim to convey as much of the model’s personality and mood in their portrait. I want people who see my photographs to get a glimpse into the life of the person in the picture. The photograph is the end result of a fun time spent getting to know someone for the first time or catching up with a friend you’ve photographed before. For me it’s about the experience of taking the photograph. If the shoot is fun for both the model and the photographer, the end result will reflect that.
Q5. What Artists inspire you?
I admire many photographers and cinematographers such as Steve McCurry, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Annie Leibovitz, David Bailey, Rankin, Anton Corbijn, Roger Deakins and Greig Fraser.
Q6.What does Sentiment mean to you?
Sentiment is a feeling, an emotion. Photography is a wonderful way to express yourself and to show the emotion in people’s eyes, through light, shadow, contrast and colour.