Photographer Interview: Ann H
Monday, October 18
I've been thinking about adding interviews to the blog for awhile now, and thought id start out with some of the amazing photographers who inspire me. First up is Ann He, at only 15 Ann is taking photos that absolutely messmerise me! Here I have a little chat with her....
Name: Ann He
Location: Dallas, Texas
Website: http://flickr.com/photos/quicklikesilver or http://annhe.com
You're only 15 yet your work seems to be from someone much older! How long have you been taking photos? and how did you get started?
Wow, thanks! I've been photographing in general for about a couple of years now. I first got into it after seeing the works of Zhang Jingna, Lara Jade, and Nirrimi Hakanson on deviantArt, but my inspirations and references have evolved a lot since then!
I'm always curious as to what cameras and films photographers are using. Do you have a favorite camera/film?
The 35 mm film cameras I use are really very cheap. My minolta XG-m and a canon rebel 2000 are the ones I use most often, and they are wonderfully reliable. I actually bought a medium format Kiev 88 this summer and I would definitely definitely shoot with that camera all the time if it wasn't such a hassle! The film I use 90% of the time is fujifilm 200. It's incredibly cheap as well (I'm a total stinge) and I'm kind of in love with its infidelity to the actual colors of the scene.
You seem to have an amazing eye for light! how do you find locations for your photos? is there a certain time of day you know will make better pictures?
Haha thank you! It's a habit for me to stare out of car windows. Honestly, if you ride in a car with me you’ll hear me squealing about the absolutely perfection of some retro neighborhood or lake or woods we just passed. Other than that, I may have an idea for a shoot, and I’ll google to find possible locations that would work for it. My favorite favorite favorite time of day in regards to lighting is that 10 minutes after the sun goes completely down and before it’s too dark to see much at all. The light is so soft and quiet, and even though it’s dusk it seems as though everything is illuminated. The colors on the film turn out rich and nostalgic like a dream. If you look through my photos, I tend to always start shooting during the late afternoon when the light is harsh and directional (yuck!) and all through sunset to dusk. There are definitely advantages to light at all different times of the day—I love the golden glow that you get when shooting under a shadow during midday.
Any tips for people getting started in photography?
Pay attention to your surroundings—the light, structures, details, colors. Definitely experimenting with different styles and techniques!
Thanks so much Ann! visit Ann's flickr or website to view more of her work.