Interview: Photographer Roy Lackner – InspireFire Photography (Israel)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I have lived in NYC for many years, sparking the love for photography and trying to capture the frames as close to real life as possible. I love what I do and I believe that photography is a form of expression. If you succeed transferring your idea with your pictures then you have reached your vision with photography.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started my passion with photography almost 20 years ago when I was playing around with one of my father’s old SLR cameras, and I was fascinated with the lenses and how things looked through the lens. I bought my first professional camera with a few months’ pay at the time and I would take my camera everywhere with me. I started from shooting scenery and slowly moved into Urban and people and models.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a way of life. It’s a different aspect to look at things. It allows me to view things from a different angle, try and structure things in a more artistic way and go beyond the first visible layer that the eye can see.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Today I focus mainly on models , fashion and beauty when my main focus is to be on the artistic side and not on the documentary side. Most of my pictures are done with a thinking process behind them and not just point and shoot so to apeak.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I often get inspired by different light games which I see, I like to look at many creative ideas other people have and draw my interpretation from it, looking at other photographer’s work and catching some ideas which will better fit my agenda, and mainly trying to develop a way to look at things in a frame perspective.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
For the most part yes. I will admit that sometines the best pictures are very spontanious however for the most part I try and plan the picture, the frame, the light and I usually have a vision of how I want the picture to come out.
Studio, on location or both?
I do shoot both in studio and on loication. I suppose it mainly depends on the theme. Some themes are best shot on location and some themes are best shot in a studio. I would admit that I have a spark fir shooting on location, has a little more authentic vibe to it.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I consider myself a paid professional even though this will always be a hobby where I can choose what I want to photograph and when and not feel like I have to shoot something I do not want to shoot.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I would say that one of my most memorable session was with an international model that came for a few days on tour and when we started the shoot we were both on point with the theme but something about the location, the chemistry between us and the weather that day created some completly unexpected photos which we both love very much and have become some signature photos for both.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
There is no question: Canon J
Any day, every day, all day. My 2 usual lenses which I always use owuld be the 24-70 L Prime series 2.8 and the 70-200 L prime series 2.8 both Canon of course.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
First and formost make sure you love what you do. Make sure that photography is something more then just a cool thing to play around with. Try and find your path and stick with it to make sure that you create your own style, and the most important thing: enjoy the process!
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it is a great new platform, and I believe that these types of magazines should have appeared a long time ago, but I glad we have this magazine now. This would give many people in the industry the chance to broaden their horizons in this field.