Interview with:
Chris Beattie

Chris Beattie

Where are you born and when?

Delaware, USA 1970

Where do you live?

Philadelphia Pennsylvania

When and how do you start your path in photography?

I was introduced to photography at a young age from my paternal Grandfather, who insisted everyone call him, “GT”.

Did you go to a school or are you a self-taught?


Do you make photography as a living?


What do you like in photography, what is your motivation?

My motivation would be to create pure portraits.

What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your images?

A sense of storytelling firstly, but I strive to always have the viewer experience basic emotions, honesty.

What are your preferred moment(s) in the creation process?

Inspiration and conceptualizing images and then shooting. Don’t care much for the editing.

What equipment and/or techniques do you use?

It is not a matter of brands/lenses, it is mostly about analog/digital, preferred light (natural/flash), how much post-production, etc.

I grew up shooting film and will never stop. I have a lot of experience with Large Format film. I tend to use Digital when my concept is aggressive or experimental in nature. There’s nothing a good 75mm lens can’t do.

How and why your work as changed since you started?

I also work in the film industry and my many years of lighting Movies and TV shows has impacted my work for sure. I often get described as “cinematic", and well there’s a reason for that.

What do you think about the fact that nowadays photography is mostly enjoyed on the Internet?

You haven’t lived until you thumbed through the pages of a good photo book. Being able to touch the image on a page can’t be duplicated.

Would you have an insight or advice to give to whomever is watching your work and wants to learn photography?

Stop procrastinating and start doing it. Find a model, shoot, make mistakes, have ideas turn out terrible so you know what to do different next time.

On what page our readers can find more of your work?

Last updated 14/02/2022 00:02:09

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