Ralph Whitehead – Photographer – Fated & Fabled

Ralph Whitehead – Photographer

http://tjez.gob.mx/perdakosis/9770 Fated & Fabled interviewed the brilliant photographer, Ralph Whitehead, to learn more about his artistic influences, his preference for analogue photography and his vision of Pandora’s Box…

http://huntersneeds.net/rigaro/1859 We were fortunate enough to work with Ralph on our Still Life Editorial ‘Diamonds Are A Girl’s False Friends’ and he really does bring beautiful magic to a shoot.

click Learn more about him in the interview below!

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was ist besser forex oder binäre optionen When did you first start photography and do you remember the first thing that you photographed? Did it start as a casual thing or were you aware that this was something you wanted to take seriously from the start? 

I have a childhood memory of photographing a wild mushroom on a walk in the woods once with my dad’s camera… I got the photography ‘bug’ from him I suppose. I remember getting up at the crack of dawn once whilst on holiday at the beach to get some sunrise shots on my cheap automatic (but still analogue in those days) camera, I think I was 17. I wasn’t particularly conscious of it at the time but I guess for a 17yr old to get up at dawn whilst on holiday, I must have been taking it pretty seriously!

http://web-impressions.net/fister/3250 Did you start with analogue or did you transition into it?

Being on the wrong side of my 30s I had no choice really but to start analogue. I think my first digital camera then accelerated my interest in photography in general. I transitioned back to analogue, ironically just after a short course on digital photography.

site de rencontre un gars What is it about analogue that you love so much? Is it the final product or is it the process? Maybe a combination of both!

It’s a much more physical sensory experience, the feeling of the materials, the beauty of the cameras, the sounds of the mechanisms, the smell of the chemicals… I like to paraphrase a quote from colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse now… “I love the smell of roll film in the morning… smells like… victory”. The process is also a big part of it, I find there’s more thought about the end result that happens before shooting and that suits me better that deciding how to make an image look afterwards. Oh and did I mention the fact that the end result is soooo much more pleasing to the eye? …my eye anyway.

dh rencontres Can you give an insight into your process?

Many photographers would say “a magician never reveals his tricks”. That sounds a bit lame and even cocky to be honest; lets face it,  pretty much everything we do was invented by Kodak (including digital) so no one’s really discovered anything here. There are however many technical subtleties and variables that allow people to end up with their own unique combination that gives them their “look”, and that is quite rightly something photographers keep to themselves. At the moment I’m mainly working with an old 10×8 inch large format camera from the late 40s and with I’m using various photosensitive materials other than conventional photographic film.

http://www.fishsiestakey.com/fiopre/2674 What are some of the key factors that contribute to the perfect analogue shot?

The same that contribute to any perfect shot in any medium, a combination of timing, emotional connection and poetry.

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http://alschu.de/?destomit=bin%C3%A4re-optionen-10-regeln&1d8=4a Are there certain kinds of shoots that you feel are better suited to analogue or do you feel that analogue can pretty much capture anything you desire?

I’m quite biased here but I think definitely many would agree that the rendition of skin tones is still superior on film compared to digital. Let’s not forget we’ve been tinkering with analogue capture for over 150 years, with digital it’s only been about 30.

enter Do you feel that there are any major benefits to digital photography? How transferrable do you think the skills are between digital and analogue?

Not having the convenience of the immediate feedback of digital can be an advantage in the sense that you are forced to be a lot more in the moment and concentrate on what you’re doing. I don’t see that there is a set of skills for analogue and digital; photography is photography. The rest is just camera skills, but that’s just a technicality. No one would judge a writer by their typing skills right?

http://fgsk.de/?kraevid=bin%C3%A4re-option-software&f5f=07 In one word, can you describe what analogue gives you that digital doesn’t?

Timelessness.

my love dating and meeting Do you have any kind of shoots on your wish list? For instance, any location in particular or any kind of theme that you would love to capture?

I’d love to spend some time in Tokyo to continue with my night time abstract work. In the fashion space, I’d love to find either that face or that designer that will make ‘the’ image that defines me, like Christy Turlington for Steven Meisel or Jean Shrimpton for Bailey.

Who are some of your artistic influences and why?

This could be a long list because I do some quite different things… I’d say Paolo Roversi and Sarah Moon, they have managed to strip fashion photography of the intricacies of the detail of the garments and exposed it’s bare bones, making it a statement about atmosphere and feeling. It’s pulling the rug from under the fashion world’s feet and getting applauded for it, quite remarkable really.

If you could capture one scene from history, what would it be? 

I’d have to go with the most replicated scene in western civilisation, Christ’s crucifixion. It would be incredibly interesting to have photographic evidence of arguably the most fantasised/romanticised event in human history. Like many photographs of real life events, they will probably only reinforce the opinions already held by believers and non believers alike, because after all photography has never got in the way of the subjectivity of truth.

Obviously here at Fated & Fabled, we are very inspired by Myths, Fables, Fairy Tales etc…do you have any favourites? In the case of your favourite, are there any moments that you would love to capture?

Does Star Wars count as a fable? Just kidding… I was always intrigued by the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, it’s an incredibly sad story and, unlike most fairy tales, one that leaves you with an unsettled view of where right and wrong lies, posing more questions than it gives answers. The children leaving the city would be the poignant moment.

With the example of Pandora’s Box, as being the theme for the magazine, if you were set up with your camera, readying yourself to open Pandora’s Box and capture whatever came out of it, in the interest of getting the most beautiful shot, what would that be? What elements would you be capturing? 

I’d love to try and recreate something like one of the beautiful pre-raphaelite paintings depicting Pandora opening the box. It would also be interesting to capture the empty box, lying discarded in the middle of a sort of Hogarthian scene of morally corrupt, directionless humanity, the end result of the escaping of all the evils.


We thank Ralph for his incredible contributions to this issue and please check out the link to his website below…

Ralph’s Website 

@photonfixer

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