In our newest edition of "Humans of Creativity", we were able to get a deeper understanding into photographer Chris Wade's love for being behind a camera. Expressing his art through photographs, he tries to capture the world as it's happening in various styles of scenery.
1. When did your passion for photography begin?
Probably freshman year of college. I started by borrowing my
brother’s camera and then really just got into it, after that I changed up
my school plans and started thinking about it as a career path and not a
hobby. Once I started into all of the general art classes and photo
classes I really felt that was what I was supposed to be doing,
photography is a great way to communicate and share and that’s what I
love about it so much. That sharing and communicating is really what
motivates me and what makes photography so gratifying.
2. What's your favorite environment to shoot in?
I have really been enjoying shooting portraits over the last year or
so, it is most of what I have done for school. Although, nature and
outdoor photography is always my favorite, it lets me get outside and
connect with nature, it is then less about the camera and more about
the environment. The common thread there I guess is trying to tell
stories about nature and people, so I’m really trying to find a way to tie
them together, maybe with environmental portraits (the idea of
photographing people and their environment or “comfort zone”)
3. Are there any photographers that you've been inspired by?
Mickey Smith, He is a photographer and film maker, I can’t really
say enough about him, so If you are interest check out his short film
called “the Dark Side of the Lens”. He has a quote from that film where
he says in regards to being a photographer, “If I only scrape out a living,
at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there’s no future in it, this is a
present worth remembering”.
4. How would you define photography from your experience?
It’s about sharing and communicating, and hopefully being able to
do those things well enough so that my work touches people and
makes a difference.
5. How does photography impact your life?
It changed the way I look at life, and the way I view things, It has
made me more observant and mindful of my surroundings, and those
are all when the camera is absent. Not to be overly poetic but it gives
life perspective, you start to think less about, would this make a good
photo, and more about, what would this mean to someone and what is
the story I’m telling with this photo.
6. What do you love/hate most about photography?
That everyone can do it and that everyone can do it, let me
explain. I really do love that it is something anyone can partake in and
that it gives people an outlet, and more so that it gives people the
opportunity to capture special moments and then share those with
loved ones. If one shows me pictures of a meaningful moment in their
lives I don’t care about how the photo was taken I care about what it
means to them.
On the other hand, the horde of people with cameras claiming
to be photographer in their spare time, all for the sake of Instagram!
That stuff kinda drives me crazy, and it shouldn’t as much as it does, it
is something I’m working on. And that feeling of distain comes from
not always being totally confident in my own work, which is something I
think everyone struggles with, I think it would only be a problem if I
couldn’t admit that last part to myself.
You can keep up with Chris Wade through his Instagram @Chwade or head on over to his online portfolio, http://chwadephoto.weebly.com/.