Hey hey! It's getting hot out there. Are you all enjoying your summer so far? I know I am...our family spend a lot of time at the pool in this Texas summer heat. Life with boys is never boring I tell ya, and I am sure Zalmy can attest to that!
I am so excited to present you Zalmy Berkowitz this month as our Film Photographer Spotlight feature! Thank you Zalmy, for letting us peek into your life a little this month. I "discover" Zalmy's work through a Film Photographer group on Facebook. I love how Zalmy seems to capture the authentic essence of the subject in his frame, and I love that! Today, I have the honor to ask him a few questions, and let's get started!
Joyce: Ok, Zalmy, let's talk about your photography background. How did you first get into photography? Do you have a formal education in photography or self-taught?
Zalmy: I was doing graphic design (as opposed to designing graphics, I wasn't good enough for that), mostly for Jewish organizations in the area, invitations and the like. There wasn't much in the way of decent Jewish stock photography (menorahs, dreidels, challah, you know), so I figured all I needed was a fancy pants camera with a big zoom and I could shoot my own. I'm a voracious reader so I googled my brain out between all the identical cameras out there (and how they work, that part I'm glad about) and bought myself a digital rebel. I never got around to shooting those stock photos, but I did photograph my kids. A lot. Let's face it, kids are waaaay more interesting than a dreidel.
Then I just read. A lot. I'd go the library and just read. The older the book the better. And I'm still reading :)
Joyce: I noticed in every single image you shoot, there is something quirky and something unique about how you view the scene. It seems it's more so in your personal work. With every image you shoot, you inject a little bit of Zalmy humor in it. I love that! What inspires you when you are out shooting, photographying your personal work and your family?
Zalmy: Oh gosh, I wish there was something deep I could answer here. My kids are cute (duh), and when they do something interesting I grab a camera. Honestly it isn't more complicated than that. I mean the fact that it's me doing the shooting, I guess that would inject myself into it a bit. In the choices of lens, composition, yada, yada, yada.