In conversation with Jamie Unwin, Photographer
- By Erin @ WPO
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We had a chat to Jamie Unwin, a young wildlife photographer. He will be leading some Sony Workshops Saturday 28th April, at Somerset House as part of World Photo London. So come and see him for some advice! You need to pre register here.
1.What or who inspired you to take up photography? to be perfectly honest i'm not entirely sure, i just picked up a camera one day and haven't let go of it since. I guess it was that first sudden realisation that i could freeze and capture moments forever and that you were able to capture these scenes in so many different ways it was a sudden spur of imagination for me, it allowed me to see the world in my own way not from a foreseen eye.
2. Your work has a clear focus on nature and landscape, where did this passion develop from? Where i live is very rural, i have lived within the fields all my life, i cannot imagine living anywhere else. So when i fist picked up my camera i just took photos of anything at my figure tips and this happened to be the Landscapes and wildlife within that surround my house.
3. Is there a photographer you aspire to be like? all kinds of people inspire me for different reasons, there are many photographers that have captured that precise moment in such a sublime way resulting in a totally miraculous result. But I wouldn't say there is just one photographer i aspire to be like, i would say that i aspire to there stories they bring back from their great adventures in the wilderness.
4. What was your most difficult shot to achieve? with wildlife photography you have two things to consider the technical aspect of taking the shot, what i call the "geeky bit" and then theres the fun but probably more physically challenging side the field craft, being able to get close enough to your subject and bringing everything together to get the photo. So the photo which has required the most of amount geek thoughts would be Frozen in Flight but 6 months of hard graft went into my first Hare photos.
5. If you could shoot a project anywhere in the world where would it be? I hate photography wildlife that has been in the presence of humans, so somewhere far beyond the reach of man kind, stuck in the middle of an accent forest photography tigers.
6. You will be running some of the workshops for Sony at World Photo London, this is very exceptional for someone of your age, where did your relationship with Sony develop from? If someone had told me before i left to birmingham that i would come back with a sponsorship offer from sony i would have told them to shut-up. I simply went for a day out at Focus on Imaging in 2011 with 2 of my friends and came away with a very interested Sony, who knows how it happened.
7. What can visitors expect to learn at your Sony drop in workshops? I will be giving the stories behind some of my photographs, so i hope one thing visitors will learn from my session is how long it takes to just get one half decent photograph.
Image Credits: Jamie Unwin, 2012