Ian Thomas is a service engineer and part time photographer from Guelph, Ontaio, Canada. When we first saw Ian’s pictures we were impressed by their unusual angles they were taken. You can notice there is a subtle style of Ian Thomas in each of his picture. That’s why we decided to learn more about Ian Thomas photography and his life. Enjoy reading the exclusive interview with Ian Thomas at AstrumPeople.
AP: Ian, tell us about your first photos. What did they look like?
IT: I purchased my first DSLR in February 2007 when I felt like I needed a hobby / creative outlet. When I look back on the photos that I took when I first started shooting I shake my head wondering what the heck I was thinking. I would occasionally get a shot that made me think I may, in fact have some artistic talent but they were few and far between.
AP: And do you have any formal education in photography or were you self-taught?
IT: No formal education in photography what so ever. I shot and experimented, took notes on what worked and what didn’t, learned my camera and how to recognize a decent shot when it presented itself.
AP: What genre are your photos?
IT: This is a tough one. I assume that my “humour” work is what brought on this interview but I dabble in just about everything. My “Stuff That Comes Alive” set I would consider to be more like a comic strip taken with a camera then photography, but I’m actually most proud of some of some of my fine art work.
AP: How would you describe your works?
IT: In a word….. warped. As mentioned above, a comic strip with a camera.
AP: We noticed that you used some fruits and vegetables to take some of your pictures and they look like living beings? How did you come up with idea about such exposition?
IT: I’ve always had a pretty warped (some would say sick) sense of humour. Terry Border (Bent Objects) really struck a nerve with me when I stumbled across his work a few years back. I’m constantly asking myself now – if that inanimate object came alive one night what would it do?
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to create your photos?
IT: Nikon D300, Nikon D200, various speedlights and other off camera lighting. Photoshop.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in photography?
IT: Not at all an expert. I think I’m learning something new almost every time I shoot and I am always trying to expand my horizons and try shooting outside my comfort zone.
AP: What is the formula for success in your activity?
IT: If I make people laugh with my “stuff that comes alive” set then I have achieved what I set out to do.
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