Let’s take a moment to breathe in that image up there, shall we? We are OBSESSED with anything and everything that Robby Cavanaugh creates, so naturally, we gave him a few questions to dig a little deeper into his genius mind of creativity. Ready? Let’s get to it…
1. How did you discover your interest for photography?
One of my first jobs while I was in high school was at a photo studio called Picture People. It is pretty much meant for families and kids. There really isn’t much photographic skill involved since all the lights are set, but I really enjoyed making people happy with the images I would take. After working there two years, I was determined to have a career in photography, so I bought a camera with all the money that I had and started my journey.
2. How would you describe your style of photography?
I guess you could say my style of photography is more along the lines of fine art. It is self expressive; my photos are extensions of who I am. They are staged photographic stories.
3. What inspires you the most when thinking of what to photograph next?
When I think about my next photograph, I think about what I am currently experiencing in my life. I think about my emotions, possibly what I am struggling with and what is going on around me. Then I derive a concept from those feelings. How I interrupt life and the world around me, is where I gather inspiration for ideas.
4. Do you have any photographers that you look up to/aspire to be like?
I have a lot of known photographer friends and I always look up to them because they hope to achieve the same things I want to. We always are pushing each other! I tend to stay away from trying to “be like” someone, simply because we are all so different as photographers. Why would I want to be like someone else? My stories aren’t the same as theirs and they never should be.
5. What is the most challenging thing about photography? The most fun?
The most challenging thing is probably figuring out how to photograph the idea. For example, photographing a man in a row boat in the ocean on top of a rock. Now, how the heck do I execute that?! That is the hard part, problem solving the idea. The most fun is definitely editing the photograph, making it come alive and how I saw it in my head.
6. Which of your art pieces are you most proud of?
This is a total cop out answer, but all of my pieces come from a place in my life, and I’m proud to look at them all and be reminded of its story.
7. In an alternate universe, what would you be doing besides photography?
I think about this all the time! I have two things. First, I’d like to be a professional gamer (videogamer) such as starcraft or league of legends. Secondly, I’d want to be a chef, mainly because I love the artistry of it.
8. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time is hard to come by…but when I do have it, I enjoy going on walks with the wife, binge watching a netflix series and playing videogames of course.
9. If you could only shoot photos in ONE place for the rest of your life, where would it be?
I’ve never heard this question before! Oh man. Possibly the Oregon coast line. It has so much versatility with the sand dunes the ocean and the rock formations. It is a place that is full of emotion!
10. Any upcoming projects for 2014?
Too many! Currently working on two exhibitions, one in Cleveland and the other in Ukraine. Collaborating a shoot sponsored by Sigma with a fashion photographer that will be an educational video for the public. Releasing my first art book. And hopefully starting workshops!
Thanks, Robby!! Until next time.
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