Snap Spotlight: Ross Harvey
One of the things I find really fascinating about Ross Harvey is the way his brain works. He's quite obviously someone who thinks about the mechanics of each and every shot he creates.
In some cases work with a very technical focus can feel a bit cold and lacking emotion but Ross's work, as well as being technically masterful, is full of life, colour and personality.
In this interview with Nikon he explains that he endeavours "to combine various elements and techniques of photography in my work; story, emotion, mystery, intelligent use of light, juxtaposition, contrast, advanced composition (geometric and/or abstract), layers and framing. Easy enough to do one at a time, but stacking multiple elements is where the challenge – and hence the magic – awaits".
Ross has been a full time wedding photographer since 2010 and in that time he become one of the most respected photographers in the UK, with awards including Best Wedding Photographer in England 2013 & 2014 and the top UK Fearless Awards winner in both 2013 & 2014.
I love the story of Ross's journey into photography. He bought his first camera in 2006 and then in 2009 his dad bought him a Nikon D700 for Christmas one year, along with a set of lenses, and that started him off on his path. It had a note attached that said "follow your dreams".
I bet Ross is still immensely grateful to his father for that gift today. In fact he says his Dad and that gift is the reason he is where he is today.
On a personal level Ross has spent over a decade researching the nature of reality and consciousness and it's clear that this is a big influence not only on his photography but on his life and world view.
His workshop at SNAP, "Mind Mechanics: Supercharged Creativity" is one I'm personally really looking forward to, as it'll be great to get inside Ross's head.