Welcome, Grady Mitchell!
We asked him a few questions, so you could get to know him better...
I picked up photography through writing, by taking portraits of the people I was interviewing. I soon found that through photography you could capture a person as effectively as you could in writing, but in different ways. The nuance, complexity and subtlety of a good portrait fascinates me, the intangibles that make one more powerful than another. I also really enjoy the meditative zone I get into with a camera, and the way it slows me down and keeps me present.
These two images were made very close to one another over Thanksgiving weekend in the Okanagan. It's a dry desert region in central British Columbia, Canada that's dominated by the enormous Lake Okanagan. In autumn the colours are nuts. I found the bluebird lying on the doorstep of the home where I stayed. I came across the tree during a hike. I've never seen a tree with that swirling pattern. My guess was that it got struck by lightning. Anybody know?
Give us some insight into your studio/work space. Where does your best work get made?
I find the photographs I like most are largely made somewhere quiet and with nice natural light, whether that's wandering around outside or camping out beside a window. For writing/editing/nose picking I share a small office in Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood. Just a table to work on and a window to look out.