Student of the Month: Charles Greenwood

Chuck is our student of the month for July, 2016. He chose to share a specific experience in Tanzania with people he met there. The body of work is composed entirely of portraits. While the technical quality of the photographs is excellent what's more interesting is how they depict their subjects in a casual, intimate way. One staff member commented that his photographs remind them more of family photographs than travels around the world. You're in for a special treat when you stop by our gallery this month and see Chuck's new work.

We had an interview by Creative Photo Academy's Ryan Chambers with Charles Greenwood to hear about his work and what inspires him:

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If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?
Humanizing

Which photograph has meant the most to you?
Ansel Adams’ “Birch Trees,” simple yet engaging

Where have you found inspiration photographically?
Edward Weston, Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams, Calvin Abe

Who do you feel like you were making this work for?
I ultimately engage in the process of producing these images for my own satisfaction. I also receive validation and a sense of satisfaction when feelings are shared through responsiveness to my images.

Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?
I was reminded that there are so many more ways we are alike than we are different. This experience made keenly aware of how small our World is and how much we share in humanity.

Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?
The first was probably the Weston Figure Workshop, and most recently attending the Advanced “Your Creative Vision” class for the last five years.

Is there a piece of equipment that you really love?
I have to say that Photoshop is the one “piece of equipment” I use to produce each of my images. And it plays a big part in bringing my creative vision to fruition

What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?
I find the facial expressions of vitality in each image ties them together

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?
Remember that Photography is an experience of art that, like a painting, evokes feelings. Painters have to first obtain the tools and techniques before they can produce paintings with feelings. So learn the techniques needed and then let your feelings take over.

Do you have any projects you're planning to do next?
I continue to take the “Creative Vision” class which challenges me to produce a new project each year.

What's your favorite color?
Sky Blue

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See his work at our First Tuesday Art Opening on July 5th from 5:30-7:00pm. Learn More: HERE.

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