Interview #2: Erica Segovia

3/10/09

CUS: First of all, the most standard question in the book: how did you get into photography? 

Erica Segovia: Well I used to have this toy camera that I’d point everywhere when I was about three years old. I always wanted to take photos of people. My dad borrowed one from a friend that I’d use and I finally got my own at 16. That one was a point-and-shoot that I took everywhere. It was so beat up... screws were missing, the screen got cracked and there was this mystery black dot that appeared on all my photos but I’ve always been into art and all since I wasn’t good at math or English or history or anything for that matter:)

 

CUS: Do you always have preconceived concepts of what you want to shoot? 

ES: Sometimes, if I have a model or idea but most of the time I just see something or someone and move it/pose it that way I want. 

 

CUS: If you could photograph any person (past or present) who would you choose? 

ES: I definitely would have loved to do the Beatles and JESSICA STAM! She’s so classy (Google her).

 

CUS: Do you have a favorite subject you like to shoot? And why?

ES: I love shooting my sister because she has a slender body and a great face and for some reason she’s good at just standing here. Also she makes it fun and easy although she doesn’t follow directions very well haha. And she makes me pay her 5 dollars. 

 

CUS: What kind of camera do you enjoy using the most? 

ES: I like using my Canon XS and my film Benz Gant camera that I recently got. 

 

CUS: What sorts of themes do you try to explore through your photographs? Is there any one in particular in which you try to convey often? 

ES: These are hard questions, but I’d say some I try to make them have a vintage feel to them and I also like to make them make you say "what?"

 

CUS: Would you agree that many of your photos have a documentary feel? 

ES: Yes, I'd agree that most of them do and a small percentage would be just fun. 

 

CUS: Do you feel that your mood affects the type of photographs you produce on a particular day? 

ES: Yes, it does sometimes, but I love depressing photos and I’m usually a happy person all the time so if a photo of mine appears that I’m in a sad mood I’m usually not. 

 

CUS: I noticed that most of your subjects are generally women. Can you elaborate on this? 

ES: Yes! Women are easier to work with; graceful and more appealing to the eye. Men enjoy them as well as girls. Also there are lots more you can do with them, with clothes and poses; if I ever use men it’s as a prop haha no offense.

 

CUS: If every photograph should contain one key element, what would it be in your opinion?

ES: The sun. 

 

CUS: How much time do you generally spend on a shoot? 

ES: Well if I'm by myself I usually spend all day until I get something I want but if I'm working with a person they usually don't want to pose all day so I'd say a couple of hours, like 4-5 depending on the person. My sister usually gets tired after an hour because she needs to watch cartoons. 

 

CUS: If you could go anywhere in the world to take photographs where would you go?

ES: I’d really love to go to Canada. Ever since I saw the movie "Rambo" I fell in love.

 

CUS: What is the thing you like the least about photography? The most?

ES: The least thing I’d say is the technical stuff, I’m not good at that at all. I couldn't tell you about ISO and f-stops and all that because I just don’t get it and my favorite part would be trying to make people believe I live in another world.

 

CUS: Do you believe that with the rise of digital photography the phrase “everyone can be a photographer” is true? 

ES: Yeah, I guess you could say that if that’s what you wanted to become but not everyone can say they put thought and originality into what they are photographing.

 

CUS: Do you have a favorite photographer? 

Yes I do. Here’s his work and its like dangg I could never do these kinda shots so I just admire. He’s ES: really inspiring.http://www.flickr.com/photos/thewhiteelephant/

 

CUS: Do all of your photographs go through some sort of post-processing treatment? And if so what kind of effect do you try to produce through Photoshop/other post-processing tools? 

ES: Yes! I use Photoshop, but I just started using it a couple of months ago. I don’t really know too much but the colors and whatnot. I used to use (and still use) Windows Picture Manager. It’s nothing fancy but I think it works very well. I try to make them look film-ish (if that’s even a word).

 

CUS: Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Do you think that photography will still be a big part of your life? 

ES: Wow I’d be 39. Haha umm yeah I hope so I really enjoy it but I think It’d be more of a hobby than a career I don’t know? Maybe we'll see in 20 years. 

 

CUS: What advice would you give to your fellow up-and-coming photographers? 

ES: Stay away from bokeh it's bad for you, and the sun is your best friend. 

 

CUS: Our last interviewee, Lindsey Tran, wants to know: What is the weirdest thing someone has ever said/done to you while you were taking their picture? 

ES: Why am I not surprised she asked that . . . Umm one time I was doing a family portrait and the lady asked me "can you Photoshop me skinny?" I just laughed and said "I don't do miracles" :D

 

CUS: Last but not least, what question would you like to ask our next interviewee? 

ES: When you feel you don’t have inspiration, what do you usually do to get your creativity flowing?

 

Erica Joy Segovia, b. 1990 from San Antonio, Texas.

flickr.com/photos/ericathebest

 

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