We are thrilled to have Ted Craig as part of the Tamrac team and as a Sponsored Photographer. Ted is a conceptual artist based out of the West Coast of America. His creations of imagination and pushing art have captured the eyes of both domestic and international viewers. Ted continues to push the boundaries of creativity through is images. We are excited to share our Q&A with Ted.
Tamrac: Tell us about your first experience with photography and when you knew it was something you wanted to do?
Ted: My first real experience with photography would have to be my first pictures for my band’s album cover. I remember grabbing our drummer’s expensive leather chair, sneaking it out past his family, and putting out in a sand pit where we ended up taking the photos. I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it! With no access to a tripod, I placed it between two rocks. Then, I hit the timer on my moms Nikon Coolpix 7900 and ran like hell only to find out later that it was “artistically out of focus.” From there on I was known as the lead guitarist and designated photographer, I was one hundred percent on board after that!
Tamrac: You’re work is very imaginative and creates a story. Where do your ideas and inspirations come from?
Ted: It goes beyond just the capture and the post production. I do a lot of self-portraits because, one: I am always available and two: it is the easiest way to experiment with lighting to conceptualizing. Some people work out, read, or shop, but I simply take photos everyday. And every photo, 99% of the time, is an expression of who I am that day.
Tamrac: You are working on the 365 project. Can you tell us more about that?
Ted: I took on the 365 project for the first time this year. I believe, and I really stress this to people that ask me about the pros of doing it, this is the best thing you can do to further yourself with photography. What I have found with this project is a personal style, and a way of thinking; that is not something you just simply acquire or can buy. I have had my days when it was hard to pick up my camera, dedicate myself to an idea, and execute it; but those are the days that make you appreciate the project and that you will accomplish it in 365 days. I am on day 302 today!
Tamrac: As an active user on Instagram, you have over 5800 followers and growing quickly. How has it helped you as a photographer?
Ted: I honestly thought Instagram was not for me and did not think twice of it in benefiting my photography. Now, it is my highest traffic source and I have met many connections through it. I am thankful for all the people that have helped me on Instagram to get where I am today.
Tamrac: Shooting your images seem to have quite a process. Can you share how much time is spent in pre and post production?
Ted: Some insight on how long my processing takes from start to finish: you can actually go ahead and look at my first image titled, ‘chest of drawers.’ (see above) The shooting portion did not take me long, just over 20 minutes. The reason it took me such a short period of time to do so was because I was working with natural window light, which became directly involved and displayed in the image. Realism is the first thing I try to accomplish in my images. I know it isn’t real but if it were to be real that is what it would be like, from light to shadows on all variables in the actual image. There was an hour or so of post work on this image. Again, creating realism within a fantasized world isn’t always easy, but that is probably the hardest part of the process. This is a 7 image composite.
Tamrac: What do you like to do when you are not shooting?
Ted: Outside of photography, I love films. It is still related to photography in a sense and I would love to be in the film industry as a DOP. The work of Ce’sar Charlone in ‘City of God’ got me really interested in the possibilities of creating beauty within film. Getting out of photography all together, I really love surfing, cooking, spending time with family and working on my other company mavenOG.
Tamrac: Lastly, are there any projects or opportunities on the horizon that you can share with us?
Ted: A project that I am exited about is a collaboration with my sister, Paige. She is a brilliant writer out in Denver, CO and that is all I will reveal for now!