Photographer Feature 5questions x 5images: Steph G

What made you start shooting film? 

"What made me start shooting film? Ah man, this might sound pathetic but a few years back I was in a really low point in my life and I was writing a ton but even putting my thoughts and feelings on paper made me panic. Just the thought of someone seeing it made me freak out. So I started shooting photos. I started with my phone, amd then moved up to a digital Sony RX100 II but that lasted about 2-3 weeks before I started up film. Digital is just not for me."

Who or what are you most inspired by? and why? 

"Inspiration is like the seasons, ever changing. When I first started, I was really into a minimalistic style. Now, I'm really just all over the place. I would say I'm mostly into street photography but I occasionally aspire to be more creative and do some more portraiture and editorial stuff."

How did you educate yourself to take better pictures? 

"A LOT of trial and error. I mean, A LOT. Even my point and shoot photos were garbage. I honestly thought I'd never in my life own an SLR. I was ready to give up. A few years back, I went to Mexico City and I decided to take some photos on film and actually got some really great results. I felt super inspired to keep going, especially after those photos were selected for display during the Hispanic Heritage month over at the Harold Washington Library. So after that all systems were go, I was googling a bunch of stuff, TONS of youtube videos and the rest is history."

What does photography mean to you? 

"I don't know that photography has any one meaning for myself. It's certainly a creative outlet. A challenge at times. Happiness. An emotional process? I don't know.. its everything."

What’s your dessert island camera?

"Desert island camera is my Minolta Hi matic AF2 HANDS DOWN. I scored it at a garage sale up in Ravenswood for $4 with the receipt attached straight from the 80's! It was wild.  It is my most trusty companion right now and I have not been able to set it down. It's small and easy to carry, the lens is surprisingly sharp, exposure is great. It really has all the bells and whistles."

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