It’s not every day that you get to spend a day with the British Press Travel Photographer of the Year, but that’s just what I did on a sunny Saturday in June.
I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down to talk about all sorts with the one and only Neil Buchan-Grant; British Press Travel Photographer of the Year, Olympus Ambassador and all-round nice guy.
This conversation was long-in-the works. I actually first came across Neil’s work almost by accident and very much unknowingly: Whilst looking at all of the mirrorless cameras on the market to see what they were all about I found an advert from Olympus in a photography magazine; it was to promote an offer they had on one of their OM-D cameras and the photograph that accompanied this advert was of an extremely beautiful young lady, photographed in black and white. She is wearing a masquerade mask and is beautifully lit in a soft and pleasing way. It’s an amazing photograph and really caught my eye.
This was the work of Neil Buchan-Grant. But I didn’t know it at that stage.
As my research into mirrorless continued I then found a blog post, titled: “Shooting in New York with the Olympus OMD EM1” showing off some more of Neil’s work. I wasn’t just mesmorised because the photographs were amazing, I was truly taken aback by the fact they were made with an Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera. Now, after having picked one up myself I’m not surprised at all as to what they’re capable of, but non-the-less and camera aside Neil’s work continues to really impress me and has set a new benchmark in my eyes. “I have to interview this guy!” I thought.
Then I heard Neil was going to be at the UK Photography Show and arranged an Interview. That wasn’t to be however – Our paths didn’t cross owing to different schedules on the day. So eventually Neil and I arranged a day in the summer where I travelled to Winchester to Neil’s house to meet the man himself and chew the fat. This interview features so many insights into the way Neil has earned his photographic success so far, including entering competitions and just putting himself out there and getting things done. What I really took away from this conversation was that if you want to achieve something, anything, you have to go out and do it. We talk about this and so much more, which is why this episode is around 2 hours long – so you may end up listening in parts, but it’s all worth it from start to finish.
Links to most of what is mentioned in this episode can be found below in the ‘Show Notes’ section
Here’s some more of Neil’s work and be sure to check out his website which features even more amazing photographs.
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This weeks Topic
- Travel Photography
- Olympus Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Cameras
- Entering Competitions
- Getting your work out there
- Working with models
- Practise, craft and perfection
An Interview with Steve Saporito
Today’s Little Gems
Show Notes / Links
- Ixus One
- Canon D30 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canon_EOS_D30
- Steve Gosling http://www.stevegoslingphotography.co.uk/
- Insight Travel Guides http://www.insightguides.com/
- Irving Penn Photographer http://www.hamiltonsgallery.com/artists/27-Irving-Penn/series/still-life/
- Olympus OMD http://cameras.olympus.com/en-gb/omd
- Olympus Image Space http://www.olympus-imagespace.co.uk/
- Robert Pugh http://www.rpphotographybydesign.co.uk/
- Neil Buchan-Grant’s trip to New York with the Olympus OM-D’s on the QM2 http://www.buchangrant.com/blog/latest-news/shooting-in-new-york-with-the-olympus-omd-em1/