Lensbaby Unplugged Member of the Week
Interview with Ian Price
Q: What is your favorite shoot you've ever done?
A: I love to visit Anglesey which is an island off the North Coast of Wales in the UK. The first time I used a lensbaby was the Velvet 56 - I was walking to a place I had not been before and as I walked over the sand dunes a beautiful beach appeared and I spotted people walking their dogs - I used the Velvet 56 wide open and captured the scene - it looked more like a painting than a photograph - I was hooked!Since then I have deliberately limited myself to choosing a single lens to use for a period of 3 months at a time. This has forced me to not see this as a limitation but as an opportunity to push my creativity. I started with the Obscura 16mm and moved onto the Sol45. They have become my best friends.
Q: What inspires you to reach for your camera?
Q: What are your favorite Lensbaby Lenses to use in your session?
A: I love the Obscura 16mm - although on the face of it there are limitations to the options you have it forces me to play more - with multiple exposures, ICM and a bit of creative thinking it has encouraged me to focus on the feeling of the images that I create rather than technical choices.
Q: How did you hear about Lensbaby, and what encouraged you to purchase a LB lens?
A: I met Polina Plotnikova and heard her talk about her work - I then looked at some of the images created by other ambassadors on the web site and I was hooked.
Q:What was your journey to becoming a photographer like?
A: I see it as a ongoing journey - it started when I was very young borrowing my fathers camera (which I recently inherited) and is now very much just a part of my life.
Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph and how would you describe your photography style?
A: My main stay is professional cycling photography but have not yet had the chance to try out my lensbabies on the back of a motorbike!I enjoy photographing most subjects but recently I have become fascinated with flowers and plants which is taking me back to my university days when I studied botany.I would say my style is experimental - I am always trying to look for new techniques that I can add to my kit bag and then make my own.
Ian Pricewith Lensbaby
Q: What do you love the most about photography?
A: The pleasure of creativity and the release that spending a few hours concentrating on making images gives my mind.
Q: What helps you when you're struggling with a creative block?
A: Going for a walk with my camera and giving myself permission to play.
Ian Pricewith Lensbaby
Q: Would you consider yourself an adventurous photographer, or do you tend to stay in your comfort zone?
A: I think that I am adventurous - I am inspired by art and artists and love the freedom that it can bring.
Q: What else would you like to see from Lensbaby in the future?
A: I am still discovering the current range - finding a way to easily capture metadata would be a bonus but far more important to me is the Lensbaby community - so make spread the word and lets have more events and walks!
Ian Pricewith Lensbaby Obscura