Jon Gibbs is a well respected member of the Fotoviva photography team and offers a great selection of his imagery in our store. It’s always interesting to get behind the scenes with photographers and find out what makes them tick so we decided to interview Jon for our readers and here is the article…
How long have you been taking photos and how did you become a professional photographer?
I started taking photographs in my teens but got back into it at the turn of the millennium. I only turned full time professional last year. I felt it was a better decision to slowly chip one day off at a time from my regular full time job and see where it took me. I’d be lying if there are not days when I think ‘what have you done?’.
What type of photography is your speciality?
Landscape is my real love though I am always photographing the kids and have recently started taking on commercial work such as architectural and interior work which I enjoy as I am learning new skills. I would also like to learn more about making video.
Where would you most like to visit with your camera?
The Outer Hebrides.
Beer or wine?
You have a gallery in Norfolk, how is that working out?
Myself and my colleague Gareth Hacon started the Saltmarsh Coast Gallery at Wells next the Sea in October 2008. Year on year sales have improved and our portfolio of North Norfolk has just got better and better. Secrets to our success? Running the gallery ourselves and charging reasonable prices.
Which other photographers do you most admire?
Hans Strand is a big favourite. Above all I appreciate those who produce realistic looking images without resorting to over processing on the computer.
Marmite – yes or no?
I don’t hate it but it never goes in my sarnies!
What computer and software do you favour?
I work on PC and I use Capture One Pro to process my raw files which then go to Photoshop for tweaks and the dreaded dust spotting.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Being with the family. Listening to music, attending the odd gig. Reading books on art, travel and Scandinavian crime novels.
If you had to choose one lens what would it be?
My Carl Zeiss 21mm 2.8, beautifully made and stunning optics.
Do you follow any photography blogs or websites regularly?
I do check out the photographers I admire but I musn’t get too involved, the internet can really eat your time up. I do like a good blog though but I cannot stand geeky technical photography speak.
You offer Photography workshops on the Norfolk coast – tell us a bit about them
They are one day workshops in a very underated part of the British coastline. I can take a client out and they can learn about the basics of landscape photography or they can merely come along on a tour of the best locations. What they will encounter is a very varied coastline from fishing villages to seaside resorts to vast dune systems and crumbling cliffs, all the subject matter they could hope for.
Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with?
I’m going to have to put a couple of answers:
Dead = Rameses the Second
Alive = Steve Harris of Iron Maiden
Fantasy dinner date = Christina Hendricks from Mad Men
I may get into trouble for that last one!
Describe a typical day in the life of Jon Gibbs
Rainy Day = Processing images, keywording images, dust spotting images, avoiding eating too many biscuits all whilst staring hopefully out of the window for a change in the weather.
Decent weather day = Hopefully out in the landscape taking images, practice is very important, if I can get one decent image from every shoot I’d be a happy man.
Relax and wind down in the evening playing with the kids and cuddling up with my wee woman.
Ferrari or Porsche?
Not a big car fan but I am an Italiophile so it will have to be Ferrari.
What are your plans for the future?
I long ago realised that I am not going to be a globe trotting photographer. The UK has an embarrassment of riches in terms of it’s landscape photography, I am happy to make a plan to photograph as much of it that is possible. I would also dearly love to produce a book on the Isle of Skye which is a place that is very dear to me. In the non-photographic world to ensure my family are happy and healthy.
You can view all of Jon’s photographic work in the Jon Gibbs portfolio page.