Please welcome Fashion / Portrait Photographer Richard S. Quarles Sr. better known as VOX to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you for sharing a few moments with our readers. Where do you call home?
VOX: Where ever there is a strong WiFi connection. Born in Baltimore, currently residing in Severn, Maryland.
JRP: How did you get started in photography? Any formal training or assisting in your background?
VOX: My Mother was a photography enthusiast and passed that passion on to me. No formal training. I have traveled all my life and learned very early on to capture those moments.
JRP: Name the two photographers that have most influenced your work and why their photography was special to you.
VOX: Just two? David LaChapelle for his color and creativity, Gordon Parks for his impeccable eye.
JRP: I first became aware of your work via Flickr. Do personal projects figure prominently in the development of your vision and technique?
VOX: Yes. I did the self-portrait 365 project as a means to constantly think of ways to capture myself differently over the course of 365 days. The Color Project “ROY G BIV”, and the Black Bunny Project allow me to shoot for creativity as opposed to for profit.
JRP: Do you have a team that assists you with your projects and what roles do they play?
VOX: Depends on the project or purpose.
JRP: What would we find in your camera bag for a typical assignment shoot?
VOX: Canon bodies and Canon Primes, 580EX II flashgun, Cotton Carrier Camera Vest, and lots of miscellaneous wires, chargers and plugs.
JRP: What type of lighting do you favor and modifiers?
VOX: I favor natural light. In Studio I use Paul C. Buff gear. Alien Bees, Beauty Dish, Softbox and PLM.
JRP: Would you describe your digital work flow and the software used?
VOX: The EFX in Voxefx is all about my post process techniques. I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
JRP: When you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?
VOX: When I get perfect focus on my subjects eyes or when I have perfect in camera composition.
JRP: What shoot or project revealed the distance you’ve come as a photographer and artist?
VOX: When I started teaching workshops.
JRP: If not photography what would VOX be doing with his time?
VOX: Making Music or Videos or both.
JRP: What has been some of the best advice given to you by another photographer?
VOX: Shoot all the time and everything.
JRP: What advice would you share with me and other photographers?
VOX: You are the creator of your work, make art for yourself first and foremost.
JRP: Thank you VOX for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a real pleasure talking with you. Wishing you continued success.
VOX: Thank you so much James, it was an honor and pleasure.
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