On October 15, I had the opportunity to do an e-mail interview with John Hill. The partial interview was posted as part of a photographer feature on Penny-Laine. I would now like to share my full interview with a talented young photographer named John Hill…
How old are you?
My name’s John Hill and I’m 19 years old, born on August 17th 1991.
Where are you originally from and where are you located now?
I’m from a suburb of Sacramento, CA, and I now live in a different suburb of
When did you discover your interest in photography?
I bought my first film camera a Canon AE-1, which is still my main camera, at a yard sale when I was 13 for $20. Pretty solid deal. Not much of interest really came out of that time. I took a black and white class in my freshman year of high school where I took a few decent pictures I guess. Photography was pretty far on the back burner for most of high school. In my first semester in college I took another black and white class and I suppose that’s when I get really excited about photography then.
Who or what influenced you to be a photographer?
The fact I had a camera just sitting in my room.
Who are some photographers that you like that inspire you?
This isn’t very specific but Silvershotz Magazine almost always has some impressive work in each edition.
On Flickr I’m a big fan of thedirtystory’s work, I think his name’s Joseph. It’s pretty dang sexual and I like it for that. Netra.n has some really amazing work. I love the good use of people vs architecture/geometry. Her shots are oftentimes pretty large in scope in both visual and emotional weight. Martin Stranka’s work is just DARK, and therefore AWESOME. Cass Bird is awesome. Oh and Samuel Bradley, just like everyone else does.
None of these really seem to show up in the translation to the work I make though, bummer.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I’m not really sure, I really like portraiture, but I think I get most excited about long exposures. I love water, I wish I incorporated more water into my work. I love anything that can be shot with super shallow depth [of field].
Where do you find and how do you instruct your models?
I just take pictures of my friends. Oftentimes I don’t really give much instruction. When I do shoot I mostly go somewhere with a person and walk around them a bunch while talking.
Can you list off all of your photography equipment and which of these items you use most often?
I shoot a Canon AE-1 with a 50mm f/1.4 which I use a lot A Ricoh XR-10 with a [busted] light meter and a whole ton of Tamron lenses. Two wides, a 50, Portrait Macro, and a 300mm (I forgot) Macro. And a Holga 135TIM, it takes two pictures on each frame, it’s pretty neat.
Do you shoot only with film or also use digital?
All film all the time!
Are you currently working on any projects? Do you have any in the works?
Not particularly, I’m gonna be working on some redscale film pretty soon. Hopefully some night long exposures on redscale, I don’t think I’ve seen any of that yet.
Do you believe that film photography will be replaced by digital photography?
I don’t think it’ll ever be entirely replaced. I feel like the texture of film will always be admired, or at least for a long while to come. When film dies, I’m sure it’ll be at the same time still photography dies.
Do you have any advice for someone who is aspiring to become a photographer?
Shoot full manual. Always.
Other interesting things about you?
I am fun.
Please visit John Hill’s Flickr photostream and CarbonMade pages to view some of his photography!
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