Hello and Welcome to Design Splat! To get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:
My name is Catho. I’m a 21 year old graphic design student from Belgium, and very interested in photography.
How did you get into Photography?
When I was living in the US I wanted to capture things, (people, places, buildings, city’s) things I had seen during the time i was living there. Having great memories by looking back at these pictures was back then most important to me.
What aspect of Photography?
Now things changed a bit, it does not really matter anymore who or what is on the picture. I just try to capture pictures with nice framing and color. For example, I like taking pictures of objects. A “detail” of the pattern, material, or the witness-able oldness of the object is brought into spotlight in my photography, but I still love looking at spontaneous taken pictures that describes the atmosphere at that moment.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working and living in a city I like. Hopefully still making pictures!
What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?
Seeing other photographers work on the internet keeps me going, but comparing my work from now and 3 years ago, seeing the evolution I made always gives me a boost.
What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?
Evolution, creative block, seeing brilliant photography by other people, and so on, but I guess I learn from these obstacles.
Can you recall the first photo you took that made you go WOW!?
It’s hard to say, but I remember the first time I did a shoot with this awesome band called Vincent&Jules – http://vi.be/VincentandJules, this definitely was a WOW moment for me, and it makes me want to keep going.
If you could photograph/have a shoot with anyone who would it be?
I would go for THE GROWLERS, my favorite band. These guys don’t only make awesome music, they’ve got this unique style and attitude. They sure are fine!
Does fame attract you?
I started making pictures for myself, and that is still the main reason i make pictures today. Until now It’s more like a hobby to me, It just makes me happy. Making them with only 1 reason “becoming famous” I find hard to understand, but showing my work to the world has been a nice experience. I guess fame is more fun when it comes spontaneous and when it’s least expected.
How do you feel about photo manipulation?
There are all sorts of photo manipulations of course, but most people don’t like it. At first I was against it too, but I learned that if you use it properly and with the right amount of photoshopping, you can create really nice things.
How do you rate yourself as a photographer?
I try to experiment with pictures, trying out different styles and cameras. I’m still learning about photography everyday.
What makes a good photographer?
I like photographers that have sense of color, form, and abstraction and design.
Do you think the Photography Industry is difficult to break into? Are you worried about the amount of competition with more and more people becoming photographers?
Yes I think so, mainly because that’s what my mother keeps telling me but i think that counts for every industry. You just need some courage, confidence and your own style to get out there.
Tools of the trade?
I use Photoshop, a Nikon D3000, and some vintage camera’s I got from my uncle.
Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring Photographers?
I guess it’s good to know that you don’t need expensive camera’s and lenses to make great pictures. The ability to see and spot things you want to capture are most important. The vision you get from photography is more rich then any expensive camera.
There are many photographers I admire, but most of them are still students like myself that make pictures in there free time. one of them is Tine Swijns a wonderful photographer and friend. www.teeswijns.blogspot.com I really like Michela Heim’ s work. She is a Swedish photographer I met on the internet. Neil Krug an American Director & Photographer from LA inspires me a lot.