James simply surrounds himself with what he loves and honestly captures the good vibes. Check out his story below.
Say hello to James:
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I am from the Gold Coast, which is a surf town on the east coast of Australia. I have been all over the world. I have spent a fair bit of time in America as my girlfriend lives here (I am currently here in Texas at the moment), but I have been to Europe and the UK a couple of times, NZ, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, The Maldives, Japan, and Canada.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
That’s something I get asked a fair bit and it’s harder to answer every time. I love New Zealand so much and Queenstown is somewhere that stands out for me. I love Australia, and Byron Bay is only a short drive from where I live and is basically paradise, but I would have to say that the Pacific Northwest of America would be my favorite. The place has a great rugged coastline, waterfalls, mountains, and an array of amazing wildlife.
What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?
I just want to travel as much as possible. I want to get to Iceland and get back to NZ as soon as possible.
How would you describe your visual style?
I have honestly no idea. It really depends on what I am working on. I really like clean, crisp images when it comes to landscape and lifestyle stuff, but I also like super moody stuff as well when it comes to shooting models. I feel it’s something I am still working out.
How do you find your inspiration?
Various websites, Instagram, other photographers, and getting out into nature.
Your photos of Torrie are captivating and it’s apparent she is a muse to you – how has she influenced your work?
Thank you. Well being my girlfriend, we are obviously really comfortable around one another, which allows us to be really open-minded and creative. She has some really cool ideas and just knows what to do to make a good photo. I am really lucky that I get to have her as my subject, as she makes my job so easy by just being her.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
Of course, I don’t think anyone is stoked on shooting 100% of the time. Usually, I will just not pick up my camera until I feel it again. No point forcing it.
Tell us the significance behind the name of your photographic identity, ovrxposd.
I wanted something photo-related. I couldn’t think of anything for ages, and I quite liked the idea of shortening a word. I was at work one day and just happened to be playing around with different fonts and that looked cool written down.
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
I always had an interest in it, but never fully got into it. I had a friend who used to film and take photos of bands, and I always used to play around on his camera. I originally bought my first SLR to use it for filming. For a long time, I didn’t use it to actually take photos until I went overseas and it just snow balled from there.
What types of photography do you do?
Main types would be travel, music, and lifestyle. Travel would easily be my favorite due to the places you get to see and the experiences along the way. Music photography can also be really rewarding, but it depends who you’re working with. When it comes to music, I only shoot bands I really want to.
What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?
I don’t really see myself as a photographer just yet. I think you have to earn that title through your work, and I think I’m still working towards that.
What is the strangest situation you’ve ever faced as a photographer?
My girlfriend likes being naked a lot in photos, so in Washington recently, I found myself naked on the banks of Lake Crescent while I know for a fact, some old guy was in the bushes smoking a joint watching us. Also, being on tour with a band has its moments.
What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?
Money, for sure.
Of the photos you’ve taken – which are your three favorites?
The images I have chosen are just ones that I enjoyed recently, as the days that they were taken were really fun and I think the images are a reflection of that.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
It’s hard to – I think just by trying to think outside of the box and trying to be as unique as possible.
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
Try different types of photography to see what you like. Learn your camera. Get an editing program. Practice and patience. Try to hook up with someone to go and shoot with – you will learn a lot.
What is the best thing a model can do to make the most of a photoshoot?
Bring a hairbrush and a good attitude.
What was your most memorable photoshoot?
The first time I worked with my favorite clothing brand, Unite Clothing Co. The person I was shooting was someone I had looked up to for a while – it was just really surreal for me to be working with this person and shooting for this brand.
If you could photograph anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to be apart of a National Geographic assignment – I think that would be really cool. Or, just go somewhere completely gnarly like northern Norway/Finland.
How do you express yourself through your photography?
I just surround myself around what I love and try to capture what is in front of me as best I can.
What’s the most inspiring photo you’ve ever seen?
I love war history, and specifically, World War II history. All the old photographs of what everyone went through back then blows me away, and I find it incredibly inspiring.
What is your most life-changing event?
I think previous relationships I have been in. Where I thought I was happy when a lot of the time I wasn’t. I have learned a lot in the last few years, and the last 12 months in particular, have been pretty life-changing for me.
What has photography done for you as a person? How has it changed you?
I think it has changed me. It has made me more outgoing, more inquisitive, and more of a risk-taker. It has also been very therapeutic at times for me.
What’s one of your biggest fears?
I try not to think about it too much, but it would be dying. I have so much I want to do.
What will you be doing five years from now?
Hopefully, just be happy doing something that I love, whatever that may be.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Skydive or cage dive with Great White Sharks.
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James, thanks for the real interview! 🙂
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