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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: whys, whats, and hows. In this series, we sit down with a photographer for five minutes to find out what life is like from behind the lens, from camera gear to sources of inspiration.
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.
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 and vast Canadian landscape.
This question is typically easier for the audience than the actor, but I would say — Experiential, Authentic (at least I strive for that), and Motivational.
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.
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.
Well at 7 am on Tuesday, I'm still in bed. We do not rise until 8 am (or later depending on the late night workload). Andrea and 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.
There are so many talented people out there, so it's hard to stick to three, but the photographers on the top of my head are: Jared Chambers, Chris Burkard, Forest Woodward.
Alaska. There's 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.
Canon 24mm 1.4 II L (always with me), a pair of gators for the snow, and Google Maps.
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, and it is something I really want to try more of.
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.
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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.