Exclusive: Interview with British Photographer Richard Hull Part 3

Richard calls himself ‘the counterfeit photographer’ on his website. His digital portfolio shows a vast array of different styles of photography. He claims that he has never really limited himself to one genre and likes to experiment. When asked what genre of photography he worked in Richard stated, ‘I’ve never really fitted into genres. I like all kinds of pictures and try and alter my mindset to wherever I happen to be.’ His photographs also reflect this attitude and have a kind of openness about them. Each photograph has an individual personality and his work is not formulaic. This quality definitely sets him apart from other photographers. It allows room for experimentation and enables him to produce content that is not ‘cliched’.

When asked to highlight his experience of photographing the U.S. landscape Richard stated, ‘The start of the trip was a blur. Through Detroit I was still so overwhelmed by it all that by day I missed the opportunity to capture on film [digital] the gritty urban decay of the city, and by night the oh so smooth Jazz and Blues; the images are still fresh in my mind. I was composed by the time we reached ‘the falls’ (Canadian), and for those that have never been it’s truly an experience to behold…We moved on to New York, about which there’s little I can say that hasn’t been said before. Every corner is a familiar sight brought to life, but for the photographer hunting for an angle anything less than a cliche it’s a struggle. Washington DC was less afflicted, but we stayed too far away from the city and didn’t even get the sightseeing finished (we must be the only people to have ever visited DC and not seen the White House). Dayton is home of the Wright Brothers, and is a cornucopia of historical landmarks tracking the history of flight – none of which we managed to find time to see. Our main objective was to tackle the Wright-Patterson Airbase, which does not exaggerate when laying claim to being the largest aircraft museum in the world. Indianapolis was a fleeting visit to satisfy my need to see the ‘brickyard’, accompanied by no batteries. The stop in Carrollton was a family visit, before heading back to Chicago to explore the city. It’s a hard balancing act taking a trip like this, juggling family, holiday, sightseeing and photography. As the sole driver, I missed many opportunities to snap en route, while our tight schedule removed others. In the end, it came down to an opportunistic shutter – shooting in the moment, and accepting the inevitable compromise in composition, light, weather and equipment that resulted. Reflecting now, months later, I wonder if given the choice – would I do it any other way?.’

Even though Richard claims to have missed many opportunties of capturing more of the U.S. landscape I feel the ones he captured are totally mesmerizing and definitely give inspiration to many photography lovers.

Stay tune for Part 4 of our Interview series with Richard Hull

Written for and published on the Amvona Blog

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