In today's post, I have interviewed Joel Robison. Joel is a fantastic photographer from Canada, who creates amazing conceptual images that are full of magic.
So, what do you do?
That's a good question! I like to think that I create photographs that allow the viewer to both see an insight into how I view the world but also view their world in a creative and whimsical light. I'm a freelance photographer who is lucky to be both an artist and a business person so half my time is spent creating for myself and the other half is spent creating work for brands, agencies and clients that are looking for something a bit more creative to add to their social media and branding.
Best thing about your job?
I would say the best thing about my job is being able to wake up every morning and allow the world to kind of show me where to go and what to do. No two days are the same and it's up to me to decide what I do and what gets done. I'm lucky to be able to create and share my ideas and views and connect with people from all around the world.
Worst thing about your job?
Being your own boss is both a blessing and a curse! I love the freedom of being my own boss but it does make it stressful when I'm the only one responsible for my success and how much work gets done. It's a lesson in being disciplined and organised which doesn't always come naturally to me.
What are your weapons of choice?
I use the Sony system, specifically a Sony a99 which I've been using for the last three years and I absolutely love. I use a variety of lenses but mostly the 35mm 1.4, a 50mm 1.4 and sometimes a 24-70mm 2.8. Along with that I use a Vanguard VEO tripod and a Vanguard camera bag which is amazing because they're both lightweight but really sturdy. For editing I use a Wacom tablet and Photoshop.
If you could clarify one misconception about what you do, what would it be?
For some reason some people think that I have an assistant that takes all my photos for me, I've had people write that in articles which I find really funny. I do shoot my own photos with my own gear, I use a tripod and remote control so self portraits are truly self portraits.
What is your favourite piece of your own work.
It depends on my mood but this (below) is one of the ones that I like from the last few months.
What/when did you realise this was the job for you?
I think I realised it a few years into it when I realised that photography could be both a therapy and a way to connect with people around the world and allow my vision to connect with them.
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to be a photographer?
I think the most important thing is to find your own voice in photography and art, to spend the time to develop who you want to be and what message you want to have when you create your work.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy running, hiking and spending time outdoors. It really helps to clear my mind and connect me to the natural world as I tend to go running in the woods where I can disconnect. I also enjoy baking and cooking, nothing more satisfying than a good cake!