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.