Be it commercial work, street photography or coastal landscapes – Chris Ford, who grew up in Canada and now lives in in the heart of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, has bags of experience that he imparted to his students during 30 years of teaching photography in Oxford. Here, he tells us how he approaches street photography, shares his love for Dorset’s famous landmark Pulpit Rock and why it’s worth persevering when creating your first Calvendo calendar, even if you’re not a techie …
Chris, can you talk a bit about your background as a photographer and how and when you took up photography?
I was introduced to photography by my grade six school teacher in the academic year of 1967/68. She had visually described the lyrics to a current song on the radio at the time, and then assigned similar as homework. I tried my best, using my plastic Kodak Instamatic camera in the middle of a very white Canadian winter. Needless to say, my results were useless, but the seed had been planted. I later studied it in high school and had decided I wanted to make it a career during my college (Quebec CEGEP) years (1974). Educationally, my training was as a commercial advertising photographer, specializing in studio photography.
Location, location, location: Being at home in a place where the great outdoors of the Peak District is in spitting distance means that landscape photographer Andrew Kearton is perfectly placed for his work. Here, he tells us about his approach to photography, what he likes about Flickr, what to have in mind when creating a calendar plus he’s got a very simple, but nonetheless essential tip for Calvendo first timers.
Andrew, can you talk a bit about your background as a photographer and how and when you took up photography?
I began photography as a means of recording the beautiful places that I went walking with my dog (who also features in my photography). I had only ever taken snapshots for years with a pocket camera but always had in the back of my mind the idea of taking photography more seriously. In 2007, I bought an entry level DSLR and was totally hooked from then on.
The past few years I’ve been trying hard to refine my skills. After leaving my previous job due to some health issues I became a self-employed landscape photographer last year. I’m lucky to live in a beautiful area on the edge of the Peak District national park so I am spoilt for locations. When my health improves I will go further afield.