Heute wird es international und englisch im FFF. Einer meiner Lieblingsfotografen auf deviantART hat sich bereit erklärt mir und euch kurz Rede und Antwort zu stehen. Sein Nickname auf dA ist Talkingdrum und er kommt aus England. Er hat sich nicht sehr spezialisiert, so finden sich in seiner Gallerie Bilder von seinen Reisen, Landschaftsaufnahmen, Porträts und Aktaufnahmen ohne viel Schnickschnack. Viel Spaß beim entdecken seiner tollen Arbeiten.

Real name? Neil Huxtable


When and how did you get into photography?

My father was really into photography and I grew up in a household with a studio and darkroom. Although I didn’t use the studio I spent a lot of time in the darkroom. I got my first SLR when I was about 5 or 6 years old.

Who is your photographic role model?

It’s hard to name just one but I have been really inspired by Sally Mann. When I was at college I really liked Edward Weston (and still do).


What do you do when you are not photographing/retouching?

I’m a musician by trade so that takes up a lot of time. I’ve just got my studio back (music) after a 9 month refurb so I’ve not been as active on the photography front as I normally am as I’m spending a great deal of time in there catching up.

What is your favorite camera?

My favorite camera to use is my Bronica S2a but it has focusing issues that I can’t seem to cure so it tends to get side lined for my Hasselblad.

film/digital/both?

I shoot on both but a the moment I much prefer shooting on film. I have D700 which is no slouch but when I shoot models I always shoot a combination of film and digital. When I look at the results the film wins every time. There is something much more beautiful with film, especially in its tonal range.

If film, which is your favorite film?

I like Ilford Delta 400 (or HP5). I like to see a little grain as it gives an image „bite“.

Retouching images yes/no?

Yes I spend a lot of time retouching. I don’t look at digital retouching any differently from working in a darkroom where you’re dodging, burning, toning, touching up and doing a host of other things to manipulate an image. It’s just so much easier to do it digitally. My personal feeling is that whatever is done to an image, the processing work should not be evident. It needs to be done with subtelty and in such a way that it doesn’t show, unless of course the manipulation is part of the art as in adding textures and tones etc. I think it takes great skill to „process“ digital images well.


Ihr findet Neil außer auf deviantART auch noch hier: http://www.fineart-photography.smugmug.com/