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We are very honored to have Dan Hunter share his art with us. We are also very thankful to him because he designed our logo. This is a short interview we did with him. We hope his passion for photography inspires you to get out and try it yourself.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself: What got you interested in photography?
Those who know me personally know I don’t like talking about myself. So instead I will let you know what I love and that’s God, my family, the human race, nature, technology, poetry, music, basketball and of course photography.
I got interested in photography since I was a child. Although I didn’t know exactly why at the time. I’ve always loved seeing vintage photos. I loved the way they told a story and made me feel a part of it.
2. Can you remember one of the first things you photographed? What makes it memorable?
No I don’t but there is a moment that is memorable to me. I can recall a time in elementary school, during my special art class, when we went to South Beach. The class assignment was centered on using film in black and white photography. After developing our films we had to add color to our black and white photos. Seeing the transformation of our black and white photos into color opened my eyes to the great things I could accomplish in photography.
3. Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
My inspiration comes from anything and everything. At times it can be from a movie scene, a music video, a magazine, a title, as well as just how the light is hitting a particular subject. It all gives me ideas. As a photographer I must keep an open mind because you never know where your next idea will come from. Even if it’s the simplest of things.
4. What, in your opinion, is the hardest step in creating a great image?
The hardest thing for me is being able to accept or being willing to let my original idea grow. Sometimes as photographers we box ourselves in on a specific shot we want. But I’ve found that although that’s ok at times, there have been many times in which letting my imagination go has given me a better result.
5. What is the coolest place you’ve ever gone to to take pictures?
The coolest place I’ve gone to take pictures was for a wedding at the Iglesia San Francisco, Granada Nicaragua. Which is one of the oldest churches in Central America. I remember being able to see a volcano out of one of the churches window. The church was surrounded by colonial inspired homes and vibrant colors. The couple’s first look and ceremony was at Casa de Sol, Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua.
6. Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
7. Any last thoughts for all the young photographers out there?
Get in the water! You can read books about how to swim. Get lectures and classes about what to do or not do while in the water. But until you don’t get in the water you’ll never learn how to swim. The same thing applies to photography. You will never get better if you don’t pick up your camera and shoot.