Using a Pentax Spotmatic from 1977 until it's death in 2002
Christopher Earle has been shooting photos since he was 10 which means he has been shooting photos for 37 years.
Tell me about what you see when you're shooting photographs?
I tend to see textures and geometric forms. Although I’ve done color, I don’t “see” color. Oddly, a couple of years ago they pinned down a neurological condition that puts my visual “perception” in the lowest 1.5th percentile (so 98.5 percent of people perceive things more accurately). The neurologist speculated that was why I “get” black and white in a fundamental way, but color seems kinda slippery and elusive.
The photo titled "Woman Crucified" in the slideshow above was photographed in a 1908 Taiwan Beer Brewery. The security guard let us in, and I convinced Caroline to climb an iron ladder to a catwalk above Jae Mann (model). There was no light, completely dark until I hit the flash's "model mode" so she could see where she was. Somehow it worked.
What kind of subjects do you shoot?
I shoot whatever interests me at the moment. As I look back over the past 10-15 years, a LOT of nudes, a lot of postindustrial…in all cases, I think I’m looking to see momentary changes and transitions. Now that I’m out of the photography “business” and simply shoot to make myself happy, I don’t do many portraits (unless a person is really visually compelling). Forms and textures are what really drive me.
Who is a photographer(s) that inspire you?
I think my main inspiration has always been Edward Weston, but really like a lot of what Alfred Stieglitz did. Imogen Cunningham is also a big influence. Many, many Japanese photographers, including Nobuyoshi Araki, Daidō Moriyama, Miyako Ishiuchi, Yuichi Hibi. As far as modern, I really like a lot of what WaYangFotos does . Oddly, although they are influences, I don’t see a LOT of them in my own work. Another that just popped to mind is Nan Goldin. LOVE her work, but it is far, far different from my own, but her attraction to the fringe folks isn’t too far from what I prefer to photograph.
What makes Christopher's photography unique is that his work is beautiful yet there is that technical aspect that works perfectly. Christopher describes his ability to view color really stood out to me because his nude photographs also represent the feeling of slippery and elusive. It depends on how comfortable you are with yourself nude to be able to view another nude. Sometimes the photographers that aren't as well known are creating pieces that will change photography and art as we know it.
Each artist that I introduce I would like to inspire just one person.
Jessica Oleksy is passionate about photography and creative people. Through this blog she will introduce you to the people that inspire her.