CCP asks Marc Myerson the deep questions about his craft
1.What gets you out of bed every day?
The sunrise mainly. I feel the most productive if i’ve managed to see the sunrise and catch some fresh air before jumping on the computer for the day. Fingers crossed we are seeing the end of La Nina soon!
2. Who is the photographer that has inspired you the most?
Garret King (otherwise known as @shortstache). His creativeness, colour style and flexibility to use light inspire me with every project he works on. He has an incredible ability to shoot many styles whilst maintaining his unique look and feel.
3. What current camera are you shooting with?
Sony a7riv and love it! I have recently purchased some prime lenses which I’ve been enjoying experimenting with some portrait photography.
4. When you are on a shoot do you play music? What other essential items do you have with you for a successful session?
I don’t usually have music playing whilst I’m shooting. For me, part of the enjoyment of photography is hearing the sounds of nature when I’m out and about taking photos. Interestingly, some of my favourite and successful images have been taken whilst carrying minimal gear.
5. In the digital world how important is the print?
For me personally, I don’t feel that an image is complete until it has been printed. I’ve always found that a stronger connection can be made with an image when there is a physical representation. I have a small physical gallery of many of my favourite images for that reason. To make a long answer short, there will always be a place for print in the digital world.
6. B/W - Colour - Analogue - Digital.
Put these words in your order of preference and tell us why.
Colour, Digital, Analogue, BW. This is purely because this is the order where I feel most comfortable. I have such admiration for anyone who is able to use light to produce amazing images in B/W.
7. Have you exhibited your work, and other than the print, how important was the framing process to you?
No, not formally exhibited but it is something that I would like to do someday.
Framing is the final step in creating a complete piece of art. Framing can be used to add to the story you are portraying in the image. Arguably, the framing is equally important as the print and image itself. When you think about the time and expense involved in creating an image (obtaining a camera, being on location, editing, printing etc) professional framing is the final step that will allow you image to stand up over time and be displayed in its best light.
8. What defines a great image?
For me, A great image is one that has some level of uniqueness that makes the viewer ask, “I wonder how they caught that” or “that must have been difficult”. In an attempt to simplify my meaning of uniqueness, its something that wasn’t easy to achieve that image. Something that was taken under uncommon circumstances, whether that be amazing/interesting weather or coincidence and or under difficult circumstances. Images that tell a story and evoke questions are great images in my opinion.
9. What is your favourite photo that you have taken? Why?
A photo that I’ve named Bronte Synchro. I often find myself just staring at this image and almost always acknowledge new little details each time. This image was taken under unique circumstances at the start of COVID which lead to a scene very uncommon for that location.
10. What is the best photography advice you have been given? Tell us by who if you can or want to?
“There is no such thing as bad light, there are just different ways to use light to your advantage”. I can’t remember who gave me this advice however it has always stuck with me especially because I used to be one who would research weather and light and choose to shoot when there was ‘favourable conditions’. Soon after hearing these words, I realised that amazing images can be taken in any light or any circumstances. The onus falls on the photographer to use the conditions to their advantage.
11. When you are not taking photos, what are you doing?
Pretty much doing anything outdoorsy; I am a huge fan of hiking, scuba diving, camping, travelling or riding my bikes.
Marc Myerson - November 2022