Post is pinned.Post has shared content
You can follow +gerry orkin and on his Instagram account:
http://instagram.com/gerryorkin
and on Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gerryorkin/

Where are you migrating to when G+ sunsets.. Put your links in the comments below.
Interview of a Street Photographer - Gerry Orkin

This week we have the great pleasure to interview +Gerry Orkin from Sydney.

You can check out more of his work in our Street Photographers Community, on his website:
http://www.gerryorkin.com/
and on his Instagram account:
http://instagram.com/gerryorkin

interview by +Birka Wiedmaier


1. Please tell us a little about yourself... How did you get interested in street photography and how long have you been shooting this genre?
I live in a small coastal community south of Sydney, Australia. In my early career I worked as a documentary photographer, but I gave that up about 30 years ago, and now work as a public servant.
When I was a working photographer I was aware of the work of street photographers who were defining the genre at that time; people like Joel Meyerowitz and Elliott Erwitt. I carried a camera with me everywhere, but my preference was always for documentary work.
I’m not in a position to develop long term documentary projects, so when I took up photography again about 5 years ago, street seemed like an interesting alternative.

2. Do you have a camera or lens of choice?
All my recent work has been made with a Fuji X-T2 with a 23mm f2 lens. I have a Fuji x100f too. I’m not much of a gear head.

3. How often do you shoot at Street?
There are very few opportunities to shoot where I live - it’s a small town with a small population. So with my partner (who is also a street photographer) I regularly travel up to Sydney to shoot. We’ve also been lucky to travel overseas a few times in recent years, and we have started organising our trips around street photography.

4. Do you shoot any other genres?
No. But see below.

5. Are there any photographers who have inspired you?
I like the work of contemporary street photographers who have recognisably unique styles e.g. Alex Webb, Maciej Dakowicz, Peter Kool, Tavepong Pratoomwong, Graciela Magnoni and Julia Coddington (look for them on Instagram!). The work of earlier street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gary Winogrand, Elliott Erwitt, Vivian Meyer and Saul Leiter have also been influential in the past.
Right now, I particularly like the work of Josef Koudelka, Nikos Economopoulos and Ernesto Bazan. Their style isn’t strictly street; it’s story-telling at a deeper level, and sometimes more documentary in style and presentation. I’m trying to move more in that direction, and away from pure street.

6. When you process your images, do you have a preferred editing system?
I use Lightroom, and except for a little cropping and tweaking, I do very little processing. And I use the Fuji standard colour profile.

7. Is there any advice you would give to beginner Street Photographers?
Expose for the highlights. Buy more batteries. Keep hydrated. Use a prime lens.

8. Are you formally trained or self-taught?
Self-taught.

9. Why do you shoot Street?
It stimulates and challenges me.

10. Three words that best describes your style....
Really? Just three words? Quirky. Eclectic. Subtle.
I try to capture rare moments of ambiguity and emotion.
Photo - Google+
Photo - Google+
plus.google.com

Post has shared content

Post has attachment
Photo

Post has attachment
In the tunnel
Photo

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
open doorways #2
Photo

Post has attachment
Clash of cultures
Photo

Post has attachment
Photo

Post has attachment
Photo

Post has shared content
Wait while more posts are being loaded