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photographer spotlight: aaron feaver

what better way to start the day than with a new photographer spotlight? {don’t you love Wednesdays?} I’m pleased to introduce today’s photographer and true lover of photography, Aaron Feaver. I first discovered Aaron’s work through another flickr user’s favorite photos and I was instantly amazed. he has the ability to take such simple yet unbelievably powerful shots. Aaron just opened an etsy shop selling some of his greatest photos. check out his shop and flickr stream and get ready for some inspiration!

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what first sparked your interest in photography:
My dad had an old Canon SLR that was always around. I loved the match-needle light meter (you had to align a little hollow “lollipop” with a needle in the viewfinder), the sturdy, rough-edged knobs with their cryptic numbers and abbreviations, and the weight of all that metal and glass in your hands. Something about holding that heavy thing to my eye and seeing an image on the ground glass really made me happy.what was your first camera:
A Canon FTb. I wish I still had it, but I’m sure someone somewhere is having fun with it. It took the best pictures.favorite thing to photograph:
I love photographing people, although it’s definitely not my strong suit. More than other subjects, I think, people in a photograph can be so different from how we experience them in real life. The camera captures such a tiny, fleeting slice of expression or mood that, even if we know the person, we might never see. Lately I’ve been into spare, abandoned landscapes. I ride my bike along the beach in the mornings, and the combination of sand and water and sky (or, even better, fog!) really isolates a subject in space and creates a mood that’s much harder for me to find in a busy scene.favorite artist/photographer:
Oh gosh, it’s impossible to pick a favorite! For photographers, I love the humor in David Shrigley’s photos, and pretty much everything Corey Arnold does. For artists, I love Ray Fenwick, Tom Gauld, Kathleen Lolley, Rob Ryan ‚Ķokay stop me there.most memorable advice you’ve been given:
slow down!advice you’d give starting or aspiring photographers:
Get a cheap old manual SLR, and take pictures of everything. Get as close as you can to the subject and shoot wide open, in natural light. Don’t fight the camera; if it wants to give you vignetted corners and light leaks and lens flare, go with it! For me, photography is best when the results are unexpected. A camera with character, a roll of cheap film and a patient subject (thanks, baby!) always give me the most interesting pictures.favorite color:
I’m really fond of dark brown.if you could eat only one thing:
Really well made Japanese ramen from this place here in Venice. I’m addicted.something you can’t live without:
My bicycle. It gets me everywhere I go.on repeat from your headphones:
My girlfriend got us tickets to see Thao Nguyen for my birthday in a couple of weeks, so I’ve been listening to her nonstop. She’s amazing.what inspires you:
I’m really lucky to have incredibly talented friends. We started a weekly arts and crafts club called Craftonite, where we spend an evening working on our own projects. Seeing their work (and work ethic) inspires me like nothing else.

6 Responses to “photographer spotlight: aaron feaver”

  1. Joanna Goddard said:

    love these photos!

  2. Heather said:

    Alyson,

    I’m really enjoying these photographer spotlights. They leave me inspired and confident. Thank you!

    Love,
    Heather

  3. Joslyn said:

    i love his work…gorgeous. seriously.

  4. amy said:

    what a cool guy. I love these spotlights. they are super inspiring.

  5. lucie said:

    already put in my contact list :)
    i love his work

  6. michelle said:

    These photos are brilliant…my favorite is the ferris wheel, artichoke, and out of focus bicycle. Perfection.