Phottix Photog Friday is back from its sabbatical. This week meet photographer and Renaissance man Mark Hobbs. A China-based shooter, his work is comprised of amazing images – real life, real people, in one of the world’s fastest developing economies. How does Mark work? What are his secrets? Does he have any advice? Learn more about Mark in Phottix’s Photog Friday…
Name: Mark Hobbs
Country of residence: China (Currently)
Brief Bio: Man Where do I begin? Film maker, Director, Producer, Graphic Designer, Artist, English/Cultural Studies Teacher, Cook. Father, Partner….trying to come to terms with the ways of the “middle kingdom” through photography and art – Life and experiences are reflected with photos, art, design and musings on China.
How did you first get interested in photography? Since “High School” Came to China and picked up a camera after 20 years
What do you like to shoot? People, Landscapes and of course my daughter.
What’s your approach to photography, your philosophy? What do you look for? How do you set-up a shot? Set up a shot – I don’t I shoot and think later but actually that’s not really true. The images that I shoot are all related – They all are part of the same series, discovering the life and peoples of our world……
What is the best photo you have taken? Why? Background and details, please…
It really is a difficult question (of course) but perhaps the best photograph I have ever taken was taken on film in 1982, In Melbourne Australia I was at TAFE (For those of you who do not know TAFE is like the last year of High School I studied Art and Design and was of course studying Photography – It was taken on a beach in Black and White with small beach huts on the right and the sea on the left – I am actually in the image (not recognizable but blurred) I love this image perhaps one day I will publish it!!!!
What gear are you using? What else do you want to buy? What gear am I using just recently got myself a new camera, a Pentax K-m (digital camera) Looking forward to getting a seagull medium format (Chinese Camera)
Which area of photography would you like to explore further (macro, landscapes, portraits)?
Want to capture better portraits, as a teacher I am exposed (excuse the pun) to many faces Chinese faces, I would love to capture these!!!!
Where do you see your photography 5 years from now?
Simply in 3D! No not really – perhaps a little more abstract or with better equipment
What the best advice you would give to fellow photographers?
Shoot, Shoot and shoot again – Don’t be satisfied with what you have “captured”, always go back and do it again!
Where can we find your images?
Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinasixty4/
as well as http://sixty4.byethost12.com/index.php
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