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20. März 2007 Lesezeit: ~7 Minuten

Interview mit Miles // MUTE

Das ist der MUTE-Photoblog. In seiner "About-Seite"findet man diesen Satz, welcher mein Interesse an Miles weckte :

Will you vote for my blog at so-and-so blog directory?
No, please don’t ask. I understand that people want to drive traffic to their sites but I can’t stand this whole popularity contest thing.

Und da ich seine Fotos schon eine Weile beobachte, habe ich ein kleines Interview mit Ihm gemacht.

Miles, thank you for attending this interview !

No worries, I don’t really like talking about myself so I’m not sure how interesting this will be :)

How long have you been doing photography?

I’ve been taking photographs for about five years now. I’ve always had an interest in photography but it was only with the digital age that I found a way to fit it into my lifestyle. Up to then I had been travelling a lot, living in and exploring different places in the world and I didn’t have the time or space to put the energy into film photography that it deserved, such as learning to develop. The ironic thing is now I look back on those years travelling and all the opportunities for photography that they presented, from the Himalayas to the Rift Valley in Kenya, and wish I could retrace my steps, SLR in hand. Of course, at the time it was the experience that I thought important, I had no desire to record those places I went and people I met, it was all very much in the moment.



What type of photos are your preference?

If it was up to me I would travel the world taking photographs of people, that’s really what drives me to pick up a camera. I have never photographed friends or family, for me it is about the whole experience of meeting someone for the first time, engaging them, interacting and taking a picture. I don’t like to take photographs of people who are unaware I’m photographing them; for me there’s no connection with the person and it feels empty. Other forms of photography, such as landscapes, are enjoyable but I’m not driven to capture those kind of images.


Do you use a lot of equipment or try to stay light-weight?

If I’m out walking around the city I will usually take a small bag with a wide angle and a prime – usually the 50mm or 85mm. If I’m heading out to an event or a particular location I’ll pack a proper camera bag and take my prime collection along with the Canon 17-40. I love primes and never miss the range of a zoom. I rarely move the 17-40 off the wide end and if I had a 70-200 zoom I would always rather use the 85mm rather than the low end of the zoom. I also have a Joby ‚Gorilla‘ pod which comes in handy sometimes.


What inspired you to create your photoblog ?

Once I started taking photographs I wanted to find a way to put them ‚out there‘, and, being a web developer, the obvious answer was to create a site. I have no illusions about using my photography commercially and creating a portfolio site seemed rather redundant. But a photoblog was a way to share photographs online and to connect with like-minded people. I instantly loved the whole concept and knew it was for me. I found inspiration in a lot of sites but the two that really opened my mind to the possibilities were the directory site www.photoblogs.org, which formed a solid foundation for the community, and the photoblog, Making Happy, which made me sit up and realise that photoblogs could be quite profound and beautiful.


Could you describe how you create your images? What do you look for?

I take two approaches to images depending on whether I want to put my impression on them or let them speak for themselves. With a portrait I think it’s important to let the subject of the image be what leaves an impression on the viewer, for them to be free to connect or empathise with the person in the picture. With other types of images I often try to produce an image that reflects something of the way I saw the scene, the inner eye if you like. Whenever we look at anything we are interpreting it through our own experiences and projections, I doubt two people ever see anything in the same way. To what degree I take this impressionistic approach depends on the feeling I have for each image. Sometimes it can be subtle changes, at other times I’ll create something that is more dynamic. The best example I can think of is this image, , where there was a sense of being overwhelmed by the city and that feverish pinpoint kind of focus. I think the images do a much better job of explaining myself than I can!
I have no idea what makes a good shot, I don’t look for composition or situation, . I think the only important thing is your own reaction, you can just feel when something is right. We all have intuition and if you’re aware of your surroundings it’s possible to make a connection, however unexpected, with the people and scenes in it. When that happens the impulse to capture the image follows quickly.


What photography-tip can you share with the readers of this interview ?

I’m a very bad photographer in any technical terms and I have a lot of maturing to do with my camera so I would never dream of presuming to give anyone advice about that. I think the best thing I can say is to always be aware, always be looking around and soaking up your environment. You really can make a connection with the people, the place and even the atmosphere of your surroundings with very little effort and when you’re taking photographs because of this instinctive compulsion you, at least, will have a genuine connection with them.


Thank you Miles for answering my questions !

No worries, thanks for asking. I hope someone can understand what on earth I’m talking about!

Bist Du auf der Suche nach einer coolen Community ? Dann schau doch beim kwerfeldein Fotografie Forum vorbei ! Wir freuen uns auf Dich !

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  1. Ein sehr interessantes Interview mit aussergewöhnlich gutem Bildmaterial ergänzt. Ein sehr schöner Beitrag. Vor allem wenn man versteht, dass der gute Miles erst spät mit der Fotografie angefangen hat und wenig Fokus auf die theoretischen Grundlagen legt. Respekt!