What got you into photography?
When I used to work in the kitchen of Damien Hirst’s restaurant in Ilfracombe, I worked for a chef called Laurence Hill-Wickham. It was his work/ images and the good wages (from long hours) that made it possible for me to take up photography as a hobby. But it was the local North Devon landscape that inspired me to take photos.
What work are you the most proud of?
I find this hard to answer. As I am still a student I have been focusing on work for modules. My proudest body of work from College are from my first two modules. It was the first time I used film and learned to develop my own negatives. I enjoy all the processes and formulas of photography whether its analogue or digital. It was also the first time I was given the task of producing a body of images. I felt I had a lot of catching up to do as I had only been taking photos for just over half a year before I started studying. I received some very flattering comments.
What is your favourite type of photography?
Landscape/ fine art/ documentary. I play around with macro sometimes. I’m a bit of a gadget fanboy so I tend to experiment with lots of things I find on the internet. I am still unsure of what future I want to have within photography but at the moment I hold landscapes closest to my heart and plan on saving up to work on a few portfolios after college and when I have a job!
What equipment do you use?
I have a canon 500D, but I have used Hasselblads, Mamiyas, Canon 5D M2‘s, depending on what equipment I use during college. Plymouth College of Art has a wicked resource center for photography. I normally don’t leave home without my Benbo tripod and ball head, 10-22mm Wide Angle Lens, Neutral density filters, I love Lee filters (unfortunately I have to borrow them from the College), Cable Release. Post- production, Lightroom/ Elements, Lucis Art3.
Whats your favourite location and do you have an image of it?
My favorite Location is a hard one, I guess at the moment the most inspiring place I have had to photograph is my hometown of Ilfracombe. It was a real challenge to achieve interesting photos of somewhere I had grown up in as I was desensitized to the beautiful coastal location but once I studied formal practice I was given a fresh perspective of the town and it has been the place where I have developed my techniques.
At the moment I feel it's going to be important for me to build and upgrade my photography equipment so that's the next step, camera and lenses. As far as a few years are concerned, I wish to develop a few portfolios and enter some important competitions. I have a few Ideas for a landscape portfolio and one for portraiture but It’s too early to say what.
Who do you admire in the photography world?
Brassaï was the first photographer I studied and I have taken on board a lot of the formal photography rules from him but I have had a few favourites for different reasons. Trey Ratcliffe- HDR, Zoriah Miller- photojournalism, however my current fascination is Timothy Allen and his work for Human Planet by the BBC. I have just bought the photo book and used his online time-lapse tutorial. I would love the opportunity to travel and build a collection of my own images.
Do you have a website?
Yes I do- www.shphotography.moonfruit.com
It needs updating which I am planning on doing over the next few weeks.
I also have a flickr that I use quite often uploading current edits I’m working on to get a little feedback from other photographers- www.flickr.com/photos/photo_sh/
Where can I buy a print of your work online?
You can order my prints from my local Photography and Printers shop in Ilfracombe, online. The Photo Shop in the high street have been very supportive of my work and other local artists. I only have a few images so far and I am also working on updating that!-www.youronlinegallery.co.uk/samhunt