This Week in Photo (TWiP)
Breaking and Making Rules, with Steve Richard
In this interview, photographer and cinematographer Steve Richard joins the podcast to discuss his approach to creating his fantastical images. He discusses how he plays by the rules of his own "personal dogma", and his meticulous attention to detail and the art form of photography.
About Steve Richard:
Steve Richard has been plying his trade in the mysterious photographic arts for well over a quarter of a century. Steve is both a stills photographer and a cinematographer, thus bringing an unerring sense of style and composition to all of his work. Steve’s visuals capture the imagination, challenge preconceptions, and merge a classical ethos with urban grit and 21st Century techno-savvy.
Born and raised in a small town in Eastern Canada, Steve took his first photograph at the age of 12, over 40 years ago. Much of the early years were spent developing his craft while working in the various commercial facets of the photography trade. During this time he developed a significant love-hate relationship with photography, and actually gave up shooting a number of times.
During these downtimes, he has worked as a full-time musician touring across Canada, a recording studio engineer, a fiber-optic network designer, a teacher at Dalhousie University, a cinematographer, and has developed the necessary skills to produce a fine bowl of Tom Ka Guy soup. His passion for photography developed into a full obsession about 20 years ago when he decided to only shoot the subjects that would interpret his view of the world. For the most part, this meant a combination of beauty mixed with a bit of darkness.
Although fully digital Steve still creates his work as if he was shooting film and does everything “in camera” with little or no post-production. His approach to creating art is more from the perspective of a sculptor than a photographer, spending hours making small changes in light and body line until the final image is perfect. Steve spends most of his time shooting dance, bodies in motion, and teaching the art of light, language and line.