Catch Up with Adam Revington
CUS: How did you get into photography?
Adam Revington: I first got into video, and from there I began taking pictures. I went to school for filmmaking and now I go back and forth using still or moving images.
CUS: Tell us a little about where you live. Does your city/country/physical location have an affect on your photography?
AR: Living in the city certainly affects the images I take. I try not to limit myself to the city atmosphere and do spend lots of time at parks and in the ravines.
CUS: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
AR: A big orange, and a couple granola bars to go.
CUS: Did you study, or are you studying, photography? If not, how did you learn?
AR: I’ve never studied photography. At the moment I am studying film. I try to take what I learn from that and put it into my pictures. Much of the same principles apply to both mediums. I learned and am learning from looking at a lot of pictures and always having my camera with me.
CUS: What makes a good image?
AR: A strong narrative, something that keeps you looking at the picture again and again.
CUS: What are five things you can’t live without?
AR: Friends, family, a camera, and enough money to survive the day.
CUS: Do you believe that with the rise of digital photography the phrase “everyone can be a photographer” is true? What are your thoughts on digital vs. film photography?
AR: Everyone takes pictures now, but there isn’t a huge amount of good photographers. It seems like everyone is snapping away just to share their images on the Internet. Digital is definitely creating a new view on photography - not only the speed of producing, but also the feeling from the image. Digital can almost feel too real. There is a place for both.
CUS: What are your thoughts on photography and the Internet? (For example, mass amounts of images being uploaded every day via sites such as Flickr, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram...) How do you differentiate "art" photography and "non-art" photography?
AR: It shows the large amount of images being taken on a daily basis, pictures that no one needs to see, as well as some really great ones that would not have been seen if it weren’t for the Internet. Selection is very important.
CUS: Do you think that the Internet (as opposed to a gallery or any other art institution) is a legitimate place to showcase photographic work or do photographs have to be seen in "the flesh" to be fully appreciated and experienced?
AR: The Internet doesn’t seem like a very legitimate place for art. The white walls of a gallery as well as a printed book eliminate distractions that the Internet has. The Internet has too much going on; art can’t be taken entirely serious while inside it.
CUS: Who, or what, is your biggest influence?
AR: Knowing that my close group of peers is working and creating incredible things helps me keep moving.
CUS: Tell us a little about the people and places in your photographs.
AR: The people I photograph are very close to me. Recently I have noticed that more strangers have been appearing in my pictures. I feel it has to do with living in the city and being surrounded by so much.
CUS: What are your plans for the spring?
AR: I will be shooting a short film in the city I grew up in – London, Ontario.
CUS: What tips would you give to get out of a creative slump?
AR: I would say to get off the Internet and go for a walk.
CUS: What advice would you give to your fellow up-and-coming photographers?
AR: We’re all on a similar boat; my advice wouldn’t be too wise. I think shooting at least one picture a day is important.
CUS: What do you hope to achieve with your photography? Do you foresee photography as a career in your future?
AR: The plan is to have photography and filmmaking as a career.
CUS: Can you tell us about any upcoming projects?
AR: I am working on a short film, and a couple printed publications. The film is a set in my hometown and revolves around a group of teenagers that escape their wealthy families to dirty themselves in the woods with drugs, alcohol and sex.
CUS: How has your photography changed since your original interview in 2010?
AR: My work has changed by the cameras I used and use, and the new areas I reside in. My approach and style remains the same. The ideas change with time, new ideas, as well as going back to past ideas and re-examining them.
CUS: What work by another artist has moved you most and why?
AR: At the moment, Wolfgang Tillman. His collections of everyday life photos really tell you something. The way he arranges them in a book and on a wall is great.
CUS: Last but not least, what would you like to ask the next interviewee?
AR: Why take pictures?