Photo of the Week 21 January 2014
Congratulations to Loren Anderson from Phoenix, Arizona for his Photo of the Week winning image “Off Ramp to Nowhere.” We had the chance to speak with Loren about his winning image and photography. See more of Loren’s work at www.lorenandersonphoto.com to stay up to date on his latest photography projects.
Where was the image taken?
This is a new off ramp in central Phoenix that connects two freeways.
What was this image shot with?
Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikon 17-55 mm f/2.8G
Shutter Speed: 1/640 sec.
What was this image taken for? (Personal, event, etc.)
This image was taken for a personal project. I like to add photos like this to the “Personal Work” section of my website.
Can you tell us a little about the process of how you came across this shot? Did you plan it out? Were you walking and saw an opportunity?
I frequently use this off ramp and every time I am on it I am struck by the simplicity and linear look, and I knew I had to photograph it. On this particular day, I was coming back from a shoot and had my Nikon on the front seat in hopes it would work out to photograph this stretch of road. Fortunately, there were no cars in front of me and the lighting was good. So I slowed down, leaned out the window and got the shot.
Why did you choose to make it black and white?
Often times color can be distracting in a photo and I felt in this case that black and white would draw more attention the the simple composition and the bend in the road.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
I am a commercial shooter and enjoy working with all different clients. Everyday and every shoot is unique and I really enjoy the variety.
For my personal projects, I love shooting documentary work. I have been very fortunate to document many different types of people and areas such as; the farm workers in Palm Beach County, Florida, the Lost Boys of Sudan, both here in Phoenix and in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, and cancer survivors, patients, and caregivers in Arizona.
What inspires your photography?
What inspires my photography is good lighting, and simple linear compositions.
Is there anything else you would like to include about your personal work or this photo?
I am always looking for a documentary project to work on, whether locally or internationally. Currently, at the top of my list is a project that would take me to Tibet, Nepal and India to document Buddhism in those rural areas. The difficult part is finding an organization to help get my foot in the door in those locations and getting the funding to make projects like this happen.
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