LINDSAY GRAY IS AN 18 YEAR OLD PHOTOGRAPHER FROM ARLINGTON, TEXAS. WE THINK YOU SHOULD KNOW HER BECAUSE HER DRAMATIC BLEND OF DREAMY AND EDITORIAL STYLE PHOTOGRAPHS LEAVES US WANTING MORE.
Q: How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been serious about photography since October of 2011
Q: How did you get into photography?
I kind of fell into photography, really. My father is a photographer, so I grew up around it, and I always had Polaroids and disposables for my sister and I to document our summer trips or certain things, and one day I just realised that I liked photography and felt somewhat good at it, so I kept going.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw most of my inspiration from the models that I work with. If they have a unique enough look, you can plan your entire shoot around that. It’s great when a model’s face is enough for you envision the makeup and wardrobe and location immediately. Otherwise, I draw from films and stories, mainly.
Q: What message do you want to send through your art?
I don’t know that I have a certain message that can be put out through all of my art, because I feel that it’s all very different. I really just want for people to be intrigued enough to keep looking and following my work.
Q: Do you have a favorite photographer?
My favourite photographer changes day to day, but the main people who never seem to leave the list are Tim Walker, Sarah Moon, Paolo Roversi, and Daniele Buetti.
Q: Do you have a favorite subject to shoot?
Models and fabulous clothes.
Q: What gear do you use?
My main camera is my Nikon d7000 with a 35mm f/1.8 lens, but I also have a great deal of film cameras that I use from time to time, including a Mamiya RB67 and a Yashica A.
Q: Do you have a favorite camera to use?
My Nikon d7000 gets the most use, just because it’s digital and that’s the most practical for me, but I really do love my Mamiya.
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to take pictures, where would you go?
Goodness, I honestly don’t know. I haven’t traveled much. I’ve never even been out of the United States, so really, anywhere in Europe or Asia would be wonderful, just to photograph a different culture than my own.
Q: Do you believe that anyone can be a photographer?
To an extent, yes. Anyone can call themselves a photographer and take senior pictures and make some money off of people who don’t know a good picture from a bad one, but you have to have an artistic eye to understand what you’re doing.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about photography?
My favourite aspect of photography is probably the way that you can capture something and have it there in front of you forever, never changing, even when you can’t remember the middle names of the people in the picture or why they were making a certain facial expression. You can hold onto it forever.
Q: What’s your least favorite thing about photography?
My least favourite thing about photography is the connotation of being a young photographer in this day and age. So many people call themselves photographers now, that when you have the term attached to you, people assume that you’re just taking pictures of ducks in the park with your camera on auto and calling it photography because it’s the thing to do.
Q: What is your favorite picture you’ve taken?
My favourite pictures that I’ve ever taken are the ones that I’ve never let anyone see. They’re nothing artistically good, really, they’re just moments that I’ve loved and have to try not to forget.
Q: Do you think photography will always be a part of your life?
I think that, no matter what, I’ll always carry photography with me. Even if I never have another photograph published or exhibited in my life, I’ll still see things and imagine what a great picture they might make.
Q: Is there an element you think every photograph should always have?
Either great feeling or beauty. Something that pulls you in to the image.
Q: If the end of the world is near in 2012, what do you hope to accomplish with your art?
Just to have it reach as many people as it can, I suppose.