AN INTERVIEW WITH PHOTOGRAPHER LINDSAY ANNE DRANSFIELD, A 20 YEAR OLD FROM MARYLAND, USA. We think you should know her because her photos are crisp yet dreamy and her style is very versatile, switching between gorgeous landscapes, stunning portraits, and memory-capturing documentaries.
Q: How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been taking photos all throughout my life, beginning with a Barbie film camera that my mom gave me when I was about 5. I dabbled throughout middle school, and in the fall of 2009, I caught the photography bug. Ever since then, I’m sure I haven’t gone more than a few days without taking photos.
Q: How did you get into photography?
I liked taking photos, but I didn’t know almost anything until I started interacting with people on Flickr. I googled things like aperture and ISO and observed photos from hundreds of other photographers until I had a decent understanding of how to use my camera and computer as tools to create art that was my own style.
Q: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from light and love, to put it simply. I could answer this question by saying friends, role models, other photographers, God, or nature, and all of those would be true statements, but either light or love refer to all of them. I notice the lighting and feeling of everything immediately, and if I like it, I am inspired to chase it and photograph it.
Q: What message do you want to send through your art?
I want to display moments and pieces of the beauty of creation so that others can see that there can be beauty anywhere.
Q: Do you have a favorite photographer?
I love many photographers from throughout history and the world today, but I am going to say that Elizabeth Gadd is my favorite photographer. Her photos are consistently full of color, light, and incredible beauty. Another few favorites are Sally Mann, Nessa Kessinger, and many other Flickr friends who are so talented and too numerous to name.
Q: Do you have a favorite subject to shoot?
Without hesitation, people are my favorite subject. To me, they are canvases with literally endless possibilities.
Q: What gear do you use?
For now, I use a Canon XSi for digital and a Canon Gii for film. As far as lenses, I use my 28mm and 50mm most consistently, but also occasionally I use fisheye lenses, wide-angle lenses, and macro filters on my 50mm. I usually use Lightroom 3 to edit (and highly recommend it).
Q: Do you have a favorite camera to use?
My Canon XSi is my favorite currently, but I can’t wait for the day that I can afford a better one! (Mark II, anyone?)
Q: If you could go anywhere in the world to take pictures, where would you go?
I would go to an orphanage in literally any country, make friends with a few of the kids, and then photograph their lives for a month or two.
Q: Do you believe that anyone can be a photographer?
In a broad sense: absolutely. Anyone can use a camera to capture what they see, and what they see will always be a little (or a lot) different from what the person next to them sees. There are a smaller fraction of those who use a camera who turn ordinary moments into especially more meaningful or beautiful ones. Either way, the memories that anyone captures when they take a photo will be meaningful to them someday.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about photography?
My favorite thing about photography is looking back at photos from last week, last month, or last year and being able to recall details and feelings that I would’ve otherwise forgotten.
Q: What’s your least favorite thing about photography?
The fact that I won’t be able to photograph my own wedding! Silly, but true. There honestly aren’t many things I dislike about photography. It took me a long time to think of an answer for this.
Q: What is your favorite picture you’ve taken?
This is such a hard question! I’ve taken so many tens of thousands of photos in the last few years, and they’re all special to me in different ways. I’d have to say that this one from the sunflower field near my house is one of my absolute favorites. It was a beautiful day and I stopped in the field on whim. That summer was probably the peak of my initial photographic learning experience.
Q: Do you think photography will always be a part of your life?
I do sincerely hope so! I can’t wait to capture each phase of my life through photography, and hopefully also have a career involving it.
Q: Is there an element you think every photograph should always have?
I think that there shouldn’t be a similar element in every photograph. That’s a beauty of art – it has few rules.
Q: If the end of the world is near in 2012, what do you hope to accomplish with your art?
While I don’t count on the world ending, I travel to as many places as possible and show people different parts of the world through my lens.
Check out the featured photos on Lindsay Anne’s Flickr: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10