Our final guest post for this week features the work of Israel Freeland, who photographs under the name of A Reflection of Light. I confess that I’m no artist, much less a photographer, but I really love Israel’s work and I have ever since I first saw it many, many months ago. His work feels intimate, yet approachable, and just a little bit imperfect in a way that makes it so can’t look away. You can find A Reflection of Light on Facebook as well. I’d love to hear what you think about his work in the comments.
1) Thanks so much for featuring your work on The Lingerie Addict! I first ran across your photography on Facebook, and ever since then I’ve been a fan. How long have you been taking pictures, and what first sparked your interest in photography?
You’re very welcome, and it’s I that should be thanking you as I have been a fan of yours for sometime as well.
I have been shooting off and on for a few years so its hard to say I’ve been photographing for “X” amount…but I can say that I became more focused around ’99 as I shot a lot of film. I also had access to a great wet lab, though I took a break due to my enlisting in the Army. As for what sparked my interest, I would say that its a three fold answer.
First, I am lucky to have a family that retained a lot of images of past generations, and as long as I can remember I have been drawn to them with curiosity because it froze them in time. Second, my mother shot weddings semi-professionally for a few years, and to see the joy it brought her as well her clients had its impact on me. Lastly, when I was about 14 or so, I was in a junk shop, and one of the dealer spaces had a large box with images from all sorts of eras and in all sorts of formats labeled “Instant Relatives.” That’s always haunted me in some way given my family experience. Long story short, photography stops a moment in time for us that we can all share in…be it art, commercial, etc, etc.
2) Are you a photographer by trade or do you have a different career?
No, but I wish it was. I am trying to move more in that direction bit by bit, but its hard for me to balance being more art driven to the commercial side of it all. Asides, one always seems to compare their worst with someone else’s best. As for right now, what pays the bills is that I’m still working for our Uncle Sam as a soldier.
3) Would you ever like to do photography as your career? Or do you prefer keeping it more as a hobby?
If that were a possible, I would love to. My only fear would be that it becomes the “job”.
4) What goes through your mind when you’re capturing an image? What inspires and motivates you?
Wow, that is kinda hard to say. Since I mainly shoot in black & white, a lot goes into thinking about shades of gray. As for inspiration and motivation, I would have to say that I love the curiosity of it all. I shoot close and often with shallow depths of field to help that curiosity. I want you to be drawn to the obvious, but also see past it into the image’s flaws to make it more real. I’m also motivated, in part, to just document what I see and, in part, for the model herself to see a beauty she possesses…beauty that may have otherwise been lost in a more traditional framed image.
5) Do you have any suggestions for other photographers reading this?
For me, I would say draw from what moves you. Aside from the image being in B&W, I never edit – what you see is what you get. I just use my camera, the subject, and available light for me…everything else is pomp and circumstance. And that serves a purpose as well, but it’s just not my vision. So I say follow your own vision and keep in mind that all the worlds strongest and most famous images were shot with less sophisticated equipment and under less than ideal settings. Point…and shoot.