Iconic Photographs By Greg Meyer :
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Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, my name is Greg and I’m a web developer based in New York. I was born in a small town called Metz in the Northern-Eastern part of France and moved to the United States about 5 years ago. During the move, I picked up photography and since then I have been shooting on a regular basis. I shoot mostly at night, I like the quietness and the long exposure effect.
Where is Hoe for you?
In my heart, home is in France where I grew up but nowadays home is in New York.
Where and how did you first found out you are into photography?
I discovered photography while living in California. I took a few road trips with some friends and wanted to capture the landscapes and cities that we visited. I always had a fascination for stunning landscapes and massive cityscapes with a lot of architecture. That’s probably why I shoot mostly landscapes and cityscapes now.
How did you became interested in photography?
My interest grew with time. I first shot casually when going on vacations but it’s only a year after I moved to New York that I got more into photography. Landscapes were my first interest but living in NYC, I quickly realized that it’s really hard to do landscapes so I started cityscapes. I read a lot about camera settings, techniques and composition rules. Instagram helped a lot at the time too. I discovered many inspiring and talented photographers and it made me realize the infinite possibilities of photography.
What photography equipment do you prefer to use? How much does it matter?
I like the smallest setup possible so it matters a lot to me to not be lugging around a big bag with all my gears. Right now I shoot with a Sony A7RII and a few Zeiss prime lenses (The Loxia line is simply amazing). It’s great, compact and relatively light. I also use a tripod at night and a bunch of Lee filters when I do long exposures.
Why do you take photos?
It’s hard to explain. I feel this drive inside of me that tells me to take pictures. I didn’t have a hobby for many years and getting into photography reminded me the excitement I had with some previous hobbies. On top of that, taking pictures makes me go out, explore my surroundings and allows me to empty my mind and appreciate what’s around.
Did you go to school to study photography? &…
Do you see and importance in photography education?
No, my education was strictly Information Systems and Finance. Not even a photography class in high school. I believe that education shouldn’t be constrained to the current fields like mathematics or chemistry. Instead, it should incorporate broader choices. So yes definitely, in my opinion, photography has an importance in education. It teaches you not only to take pictures but to use your eyes and to be visually aware of your surroundings.
How long have you been a photographer?
I started photography seriously about 2 or 3 years ago but I never considered myself as a photographer, to be honest. In my opinion, a photographer is someone who makes a living out of it. I’m just a regular guy with a 9 to 5 job who enjoy taking pictures when he has free time.
Have you seen a change of style or path or interest in your works through time.
Absolutely! When I started I had no idea about composition, lines, shapes, light, etc… I would literally go out and take pictures of everything I saw. Over time, I started to slow down and think more about what is in my frame, is it good, why is it good, is it worth taking the shot? I also evolved in terms of style. I had a period where all my shots where blueish. Now I tend to have more accurate colors and very deep blacks.
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as dark moody urban. I see a lot of people on social medias who do highly desaturated shots so I try to stand out and go in the opposite direction. I want my shots to have a certain punch, I want them vibrant but dark.
How much Is photography a hobby or work?
Photography is strictly a hobby. I try to go shoot at least once or twice a week but sometimes time is a constraint and I have unfortunately other priorities.
Biggest inspirations in your works outside photography.
Architecture is definitely inspiring me. Buildings and bridges especially, their shapes and lines definitely reflect in my photography.
Photographers who inspire you…
I would say that I’m split between two categories of photographers. The first category would be younger photographers who shoot digital and a lot of cityscapes like Jennifer Bin (Instagram @jenniferbin), _xlr8r_ (Instagram @_xlr8r_), svvvk (Instagram @svvvk) or The Inked Shooter (Instagram @theinkedshooter). The second category would be more Fathers of photography shooting film and a lot of street photography like Henry Cartier-Bresson, Vivian Mayer, Josef Kouldeka, Robert Frank or John Free (just to cite a few).
Any website or blog you often visit about photography.
Do you market your photography and if yes how?
Is there anybody or anything you would love to photograph and you still have not?
What advice do you have for somebody who wants to pursue photography?
I there Something you’re still learning in photography?
I think I learn every day and will always learn about photography. I don’t see photography as a subject that can be mastered. It will always be an ongoing learning experience to me.
What photographic ambitions you are still seeking to achieve?
How much do you care for digital editing after you get the shot, cropping, colors and…?
Since I shoot with prime lenses I sometimes crop my shots or correct the perspective which makes me a loose a bit of the image. I also made lightroom presets that really help speed up my post processing and helps me achieve a certain consistency in my shots. It’s important for me to have a certain style and homogeneity in my shots and post-processing helps me achieve that.
What is the recent artwork you have seen lately that really moved you?
I recently discovered Josef Koudelka and instantly fell in love with his work. His book Exiles is simply stunning. Each shot has so much power and looks like it was taken from another world. Highly recommended.
What is a recent project you have been working on and what inspired you?
Anything you might want to add at the end….
Not much to say so I’ll quote someone:
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
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