I have not yet met him in person, but as you will see if you take the time to read his blog, and to see his photographic work on his website or on his etsy store, he is a person of great sensitivity!
I am very touched by many of his blog post, as I am by his pictures. I would say that his work is " a fleur de peau" like we say in French, which means hyper sensitive.
One of his talent is the ability he has to capture those instants we all have experienced sometimes for just a few seconds, instants between day and night, instants of solitude, instants of eternity.....we all experienced theses instants and keep them deep in our memories, but Gary has this power to capture them with his camera and restitute them to us.
He has an exhibition of his photography at the BWAC show, " The color of Hope", in redhook Brooklyn from may 9 until June 14 week ends that I will visit, and I encourage you to go, as this seems to be a big events with many artists. For example, on Saturday 9th, there will a the New Orleans Band playing on the second floor. Enjoy your visit!!
Ok, lets come back to the point: the interview....
Me: Can you tell me a little bit about you?
Me: How did you become a photographer?
Gary: I'm the father of two kids. A 21 year old daughter named Christina and a 12 year old son, Kyle. Kyle is autistic and has a very deep interest in animals. It has helped him tremendously throughout his life. It is a big part of the reason why I have three cats (all rescues) and was always a dog kinda guy. I now love cats too! I'm told very often that I am quite reserved and always look serious, whatever that means but I'm actually quite silly and love to goof around. I've always had to express myself through art in some way shape or form. I have built furniture of my own design, played guitar in a rock band and got to perform on Star Search, dabbled in painting and drawing, and finally got seriously into photography at the start of 2004.
Me: How did you become a photographer?
Gary: I really wanted to be a painter or be able to make great sketches and illustrations but I felt it did not come naturally for me and if I spent a good bit of time at something it might come out ok but I felt it was too much effort for just mediocre results. One day it just occured to me that I could pick up a camera and capture images of the things around me that moved me in some way. A friend of the family gave me an old Canon AE-1 and I was hooked.
I taught myself about photography, post processing and printing.
Me: Where do you get your inspiration?
Gary: It really comes from within me. I want to create images that somehow seem a bit unusual or strange but yet pleasing at the same time. Everything around me has some sort of charm or beauty, (especially in the right lighting!) and I want others to see that as well, the way I see it.
Me: What are your goals?
Gary: To find more time to work on the subjects that I wish to pursue more deeply. To further refine my skills at achieving the look and aesthetic that i desire in my photographs.
Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?
Me: Do you have periods of doubts?
Gary: Yes, from time to time I question my work and my achievements. I sometimes wonder if I'm just wasting my time. . .
Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?
Gary: I remember why I started doing photography. To create and express myself and basically thats what really drives me. I just want to share my creations with others and have them see what I see. When i think of it again in those simple terms it is easier to deal with and to accept the demands and expectations that have come along for the ride at this point.
Me: What method do you use to find back your energy?
Gary: A big mug of black coffee, Italian roast!
Me: Is it effective?
Me: What is your motto in life?
Gary: Well, I'm a big believer in "Treat others as you wish to be treated. Also I believe that whatever it is you happen to be doing in life, do it the best that you can.
Thank you Gary!