Interview #1: Lindsey Tran
CUS: How did you get into photography?
Lindsey Tran: Well, I've always liked art - drawings, paintings, anything really. But then I realized I was never that good at any of it.. I met my best friend in the 7th grade, and she had a camera (not an SLR or anything, just a point and shoot), and we'd always take pictures together. So that's kind of how it all started. I took my point and shoot camera everywhere and took pictures of just any old thing. Then just a year ago, I met Tori (www.flickr.com/toristeffen), and her pictures inspired me to actually get an SLR camera and start doing something with my life. I'm not all that good, but hey! I've only started out 8 months ago!
CUS: What kind of camera do you enjoy using most?
LT: Well, I haven't used a lot of cameras - just my point and shoot and my Canon xsi. But out of them, I'd pick my Canon. Although I wouldn't mind a film camera!
CUS: If every photograph should contain one key element, what would it be in your opinion?
CUS: Do you feel that your mood affects the type of photographs you produce on a particular day?
LT: Yes . . . and no. My friend Antoinette (www.flickr.com/nettyy) always tells me my pictures are "so dark." I'm generally a happy person, although my pictures might not portray it. I can't help but to make a picture just a little bit darker than it is; I don't know why. I guess I just enjoy the air of mystery and eeriness to it.
CUS: If you could photograph any person (past or present) who would you choose?
LT: Not really anyone in particular, I don't think. Just anyone interesting or anyone willing to have a photo shoot.
CUS: Do you have a favorite photographer?
LT: Andrew James (www.flickr.com/andrewseajames) is definitely a huge inspiration.
CUS: Do you believe that with the rise in accessibility in digital photography the phrase “everyone can be a photographer” is true?
LT: No, of course not. People can take pictures all they want, but without understanding and feeling the beauty of what they are capturing, they cannot be a photographer. And no, taking MySpace pictures do not count as photography.
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?
LT: I tend to lean towards nostalgia in a lot of my photos, longing for something. I don't mean it to be that way; it's just how it turns out.
CUS: Do all your photographs go through some sort of post-processing treatment? And if so what kinds of effects do you try to produce through Photoshop/other post-processing tools?
LT: Er, yeah! I edit my pictures on Photoshop CS4. Most of the time, I just edit the curves and color balance and add a whole bunch of color layers. Nothing too hard.
CUS: Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
LT: Hmm . . . I'll be 35. THAT IS SO OLD. I have no idea really. I don't spend much time thinking about things 20 years ahead of my time. I just hope I'm happy and certainly, still alive.
CUS: Last but not least, what question would you like to ask our next interviewee?
LT: How about: "What is the weirdest thing someone has ever said/done to you while you were taking pictures?" like honking, saying vulgar things, etc. or "What is your favorite environment to take pictures in? Why?" like indoors, outdoors. Of course, you'll have to reword them because my writing is horrible, haha!
ed. note: images updated 09/13