Thursday, 31 May 2012

Time out in the Shed: a cup of Tea with Joshua Morris, our Artist of the Week

We caught up with Joshua Morris, our Artist of the Week, to find out a bit more about what brought him to photography, and what he thinks makes a great shot. Enjoy!

Classic Iceland
Joshua Morris
1. What first drew you to photography?
Honestly, I haven't been doing this for that long, and Chelsea is the main reason that I started to take photos for reasons other than to put in my holiday album.  Ive long followed her work and although I probably can't dedicate enough time to reach her level of expertise I hope to improve in my own way.

2. What is your favourite photographic memory, and why?
I suppose it would be not a picture but a camera.  As far back as I can remember my father owned this fancy Olympus camera.  This was back in the 70s and I dont remember other cameras, but this one was cool!  Many years later I found it in a box and cleaned it up.  Now its a cherished memory for me. Here's a picture of it:
Joshua Morris
3. Who is your favourite photographer, and why?
Well, I cant say Chelsea again, can I?  I would actually keep it close to home again and say its a tie between two of my friends (one of which is on the Shed)...Marisa Lopez and Aitor Rubio.  They both take amazing photos with vivid colours.

4. What would be your ideal camera, and where would you take it?
If we are being ideal, then its going to be the camera on my phone so I would have it with me all the time!  
The Face
Joshua Morris
5. Tell us what you enjoy most about your own work, and what has inspired you recently.
What I most like about my own stuff is that they are completely natural.  I dont use any filters or alter them in any way.  This can be a disadvantage sometimes because sometimes there is only a small flaw which turn a good photo into a great photo.  The biggest inspiration that I got was travelling through Iceland.  You can pretty much just take out your camera, point, shoot and come out with an award winning photo.  This is what inspired me to lean more about nature pictures and still life (although having said that my favourite picture has people in it).  

6. Do you have bursts of creativity - and when/where are you most creative?
Absolutely, but I know when they come since it is when I'm travelling and in the mindset.  

7. What are the most important elements of a successful photo?
There are so many things that can make or break a photo. But all successful photos will make people do a double take.  If someone looks at your photo, looks away and then feels compelled to look again, you're doing something right.

8. Tell us about your favourite photograph, either your own or someone else's, and please send us a copy if you have one!
My favorite photo is indeed my own, and one of the first that I took which I knew was a good one. This was just in front of one of the thousands of waterfalls in Iceland and this guy was taking close ups of his son.  The lush green grass and the water spray highlighted by an almost perfect lighting came together in this one.  If you look towards the left side of the water spray you can see the green reflected.  The area behind the fall is rock, so it wasn't coming from there.  

Joshua Morris
To see more of Josh's work, please visit his Shed Profile. And to buy prints of images by any of our Shed Creatives, feel free to visit our online Shed Shop!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Josh, I have always loved your images and have always believed in you as a photographer. This whole shed project is about finding and supporting hidden talent just like you. It is what drives our website and community. Thank you for a great blog, I know you were unsure about writing it but it's always so surprising and such an insight when I read what people really think about when they are working and what drives them.
    see you at next weeks exhibition!

    Chels x