Jan 22, 2013

Phlearn Interviews Erik Almas Pt. 3

Erik Almas Interview, Part Three

This is part three of a three part interview with commercial photographer Erik Almas. We conclude his interview by asking him some questions straight from the Phamily. Thanks so much to everyone who asked questions on Facebook! We learned a lot from his answers, and we hope that you do to0. Make sure to watch the first and second parts of Erik’s interview!

Erik Almas DVD + Phlearn Bundle

Designed to complement photographer Erik Almas’ lecture series on image making and career building, these tutorials reveal Erik’s evolution in building and marketing his award-winning body of work. Throughout the footage, Erik encourages you to commit to the journey of defining your own photographic voice, as well as philosophies and suggestions to stay inspired about shooting and promoting your photography.

Nearly 9 hours of footage chronicles 5 image-making case studies. Erik delves into the creative intent of an image, the necessity of planning, plus preparedness for the technical and problem solving aspects of a shoot.

Erik Almas Bio

Photography sort of fell in my lap. When looking back at how I became a photographer it is almost like it rained on me. I didn’t have a great interest in pictures. Or art. And a relative didn’t give me a camera when I was 12. It was small random sources hitting me different places and when faced with the crossroad and question of; “What do I do now?” I was soaked up in the idea of becoming a photographer. Since then small encounters have led me halfway across the world and then around it a few extra times. I grew up in Trondheim, Norway. A big city by Norwegian standards but barely a blip on the map with its population of 150,000 people.

I remember vividly the day I moved to the US to study photography flying in over the Bay Area at night. The lights went on forever. I was 22 and felt really small, intimidated by the number of lights and what they illuminated. I attended the Academy of Art University for 4 years. Had some truly inspiring teachers that changed my goals from shooting sporting events for my hometown newspaper to wanting to create great images. I graduated in 99 with Best portfolio in the Spring Show. In 2004 they gave me an Honorary Degree of Outstanding Alumnus. I assisted for almost 3 years. I got inspired, encouraged and nurtured in my own image making and got a set of working habits that have helped me succeed on my own. I’m glad I can say I have.

The idea of becoming a photographer is now my reality and I’m truly grateful. I ended up staying in San Francisco and have now lived here for 15 Years and split my time between San Francisco and recently Brooklyn. A great place to call home, though I frequently go back to Norway, which I also call home. I shoot pictures and I’m too happy doing it, trying to make the ones today better than yesterday.

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    Lee Love

    Erik is a great photographer but an even more interesting person. Erik thanks for sharing your work, your passion and personal struggles.

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    Aaron you asked all the right questions. This must be one of the best Alamas interviews ever. Thank you for letting us listen in. Gold!

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    Sammie Saxon

    Aaron after watching these interviews I actually feel as if I have grown into a better photographer. Like mentioned below you asked all the right questions and it’s exactly what I needed to hear to give me ambition to put more effort and thought into my work. Erik Almas Graduated from the same school I’m currently attending, and when I first started the Academy I was motivated to learn new techniques and grow as an artist, yet a year before I graduate I find it hard to be motivated when the reality of the difficulty of becoming a “known” photographer sets in. It’s hard to be different when everyone does the same thing, and mimics what they see others do. This interview spoke to me and provides proof that the journey is worth it. Thanks so much for this.