Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Fenster.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I took up photography around 25 years ago during university. I had always been interested but finally decided to buy my first camera (back when we still used film). Landscape photography was the thing that spoke to me most though I dabbled in shooting events, weddings, and sports. My photography skills improved over the years, especially as I traveled. I started to see new places in a different way – always spotting potential photo compositions. Today I often plan family vacations around where I plan to take photos (don’t tell my wife!). I’ve also started to sell my photos and to donate some for-charity auctions.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
For years I thought I was a terrible photographer. I would take a ton of photos but be frustrated that they didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I compared myself t others which is generally a bad idea. There were a few periods where I stopped shooting as I started losing interest and got frustrated.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar, what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m a landscape photographer. I tend to focus on simple compositions that are universally appealing. I look for some sense of emotion in photo opportunities. Often, I look for shots with a sense of calmness; other times, I’m attracted to scenes that are more dark and moody.
Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My family. They’ve been incredibly patient on days when I head out to go shooting when I should have been doing something with them – family dinner, activity, etc. In particular, my wife has been incredibly supportive – she knows how important photography is to me and has been very encouraging over the years.
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