5 Minutes With a Photographer: Alex Strohl
There is power in picking up a camera each day – saying yes to creativity. It reminds us to explore where a story might lead, to stretch in the direction of the honest and the curious. And with that art, comes questions – why's, what's & how's. In this series, we sit down with a photographer for five minutes to find out what life is like from behind the lens.
Meet Alex Strohl.
Why we love him:
Alex gives us a daily dose of wild landscapes photos with life-like detail. His photos have the ability to transport us into that open air he is shooting in.
Camera of choice:
Years behind the camera:
8 — I've had a camera in my hands for as long as I remember, but began shooting seriously in 2008. The tipping point was when I helped a friend with a ski project in the French Alps. Shortly after, I moved to Quebec for university and couldn't help but dive into photographing the rugged & vast Canadian landscape.
Describe your photography style in 3 words.
This question is typically easier for the audience than the actor, but I would say — Experiential, Authentic (at least I strive for that) & Motivational.
Picture this: You are driving down the side of the road and pull over to take a photo. What makes you stop?
All it takes is one moment — the combination of a beautiful subject and some detail about the environment that may never be exactly the same. Those handful of seconds catch my eye - whether it is the light, weather or angle.
What was the best piece of photo advice you were given when you were first starting out?
To keep shooting. Photography is no different than anything else - it takes practice and commitment to improve. Being told to push past low points and creative blocks by taking more photos was huge for me, nothing will help more than continuing to ‘do'.
It's 7am on a Tuesday — what does a typical day look like for you?
Well at 7am on Tuesday, I'm still in bed. We do not rise until 8am (or later depending on the late night workload). Andrea & I enjoy breakfast before heading out to shoot midday. Then it's back home for the indoor work: scouting locations, responding to email and editing. Since the current season is winter, I will try to head out to shoot once more before it gets dark, but I am always happy to come home to make dinner, start a fire, and read.
Name 3 people you love to follow.
One look at your feed and there is no doubt that landscapes were made to meet your camera. What's your favorite spot to date?
Alaska, something about how rugged and expansive it is. It is truly unlike anywhere else, I'm headed back at the end of the month and couldn't be more excited about it.
What is in your photo toolkit?
Canon 24mm 1.4 II L (always with me), a pair of gators for the snow, and Google Maps.
Why is photography important to you?
The power it has to carry a message or idea. Because a photo can tell a story and it's definitely the easiest way I've found to express mine. Recently I've been attracted to video in a similar way, it is something I really want to try more of.
Are there any projects that you are working on right now that you are excited about?
There are a couple, perhaps most of all is my second book. You can see the first one at alternativeliving.co. I can't say much but will say that it is about Islands and dives deeper into alternative lifestyles.
Alex Strohl is a Madrid-born, French photographer whose adventures around the world have informed his unique style of photography. His work has been featured in notable publications ranging from Forbes to Vanity Fair to Buzzfeed.