Interviews

Whether it's our ongoing World Class YouTube series, or our photographer spotlights, our interviews series is here to introduce you to our industry's up-and-coming and veteran image makers.

When Extreme Runs in the Family: A Q&A with Justin Van Leeuwen

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Vistek’s online and in-store photo gallery continues to bring to you a wide range of amazing and talented photographers from across Canada.  Currently showcasing at our downtown Toronto location until October 4 is the work of Ottawa photographer Justin Van Leeuwen.  His fresh approach to the family portrait is zany, entertaining and extremely creative.

Meet Jacob Niedzwiecki

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Jacob Niedzwiecki has worn many hats over the course of his career. Among them: Film-maker, Choreographer and Creative Technologist. All of those passions came together in the creation of Buck 65’s Who By Fire video. Credit to our own Holly Thomas for photos The video – a collaborative effort with Director of Production James Sainthill – premiered as part of the 2013 Dance On Camera Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. We got a chance to ask Jacob some questions about the process, challenges and accomplishments involved in putting this piece together.

Respectfully Outrageous: Q & A with Matt Barnes

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Vistek’s Online and In-store Photo Gallery continues to bring to you a wide range of amazing and talented photographers from across Canada.  Currently showcasing at our downtown Toronto location, until  August 2, 2013… Meet Matt Barnes! A Brief bio: Matt Barnes is a Toronto-based photographer, with a proclivity toward pop culture influences, those both oldfangled and fashionable.  From photographing superstars like Snoop Dogg and Bradley Cooper, to personal heavyweights like Nick Wooster and Lexi Belle, Matt is as easily at home photographing a family picnic as he is a band of beatniks. Not one to shy away from big…

Rooms for Tourists: Q & A with Heather Saitz

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Vistek’s Online and in-store Photo Gallery continues to bring to you a wide range of amazing and talented photographers from across Canada.  Currently showcasing at our downtown Toronto location, until the end of May as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival… Meet Heather Saitz!  What is your background/education? I studied Photography at Sheridan College in Oakville and Communications Design at Seneca @ York. Fresh out of photo school, I went to work as a studio assistant for a Toronto catalogue house, shooting “glamorous” stuff like tools and bedding for clients like Zellers and Home Depot. I eventually left the…

Dancing about photography: Q & A with Jeremy Fokkens

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Vistek’s Online and In-store Photo Gallery continues to bring to you a wide range of amazing and talented photographers from across Canada. Currently showcasing at our downtown Toronto location, until the end of April… Meet Jeremy Fokkens! What is your background/education? I am actually a self-taught photographer born in Calgary, Alberta. How long has photography been a passion? I knew I wanted to become a photographer from the age of 18 and bought my first camera (Nikon F-80 film) at the age of 21. Last time I checked I am 29 years old. How did you get your start? Did…

Tether Tools: Q & A with Lauren Kapinos

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Shooting tethered is growing in popularity for a number of reasons, so we thought we’d go right to the source to find out why! Tether Tools’ Lauren Kapinos was good enough to give us the full deets on why shooting tethered just makes sense! For those not in the know, could you explain what tethered shooting means? Tethered photography is the process of connecting your digital camera to a computer or other monitor so you can see your images on a larger screen while you are shooting. The connection between a camera and computer or monitor is typically achieved with…

Luminous Landscape asks: is medium format dead?

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The good folks at Luminous Landscape have posted this great video interview with Henrik Håkonsson,  CEO of Phase One, on the purported impending demise of medium format photography. © 2013 The Luminous Landscape Inc. All Rights Reserved. What do you think? Has the death knell for medium format photography been sounded?

Brooks Reynolds: An Exploration of Light

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Hamilton-based photographer Brooks Reynolds calls his work “an exploration of light,” and explains that, for this,  the best canvas to work from is a quiet, dark place that allows him to build layers of light motivated by different sources to tell a story that is both believable and surreal. “Often I am most inspired by some of Hollywood’s darker films and meeting the aesthetics of that with hidden rooms, abandoned areas and rural small town areas I find exploring towns around Ontario. The stories I tell in each photograph are simple moments with vulnerable individuals often in isolated self-reflection interrupted…

Up Close & Personal: Q & A with Jaime Kyle

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At Vistek, our staff are multifaceted and multi-talented. In fact, one of our top-notch customer service/admin. employees – a graduate of MacEwan’s Design Studies program with a major in Design & Photography – has been teaching the Macro Photography course at the Vistek Edmonton location for four seasons. She’s even fashioned her own “macro-contraption” giving her magnifications up to 14x life-size. Meet Jaime Kyle (Vistek Edmonton, Acting Floor Supervisor) How did you get your start? At the very beginning I had a Kodak Instamatic that took square pictures. For a 9-year-old, this was amazing. In the early 2000s my aunt…

Mixing Media: Q & A with Rick Dempsey

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By day, Vistek Toronto’s Print & Imaging Consultant, Rick Dempsey, is on hand to answer questions a-plenty from the public at large and to help them to get the very best results in all of their endeavours. By night, he channels his creativity into his own creative endeavours in a way that is uniquely his own. Meet Rick Dempsey (Vistek Toronto, Print & Imaging Department) How did you get your start (what is your background/education?) My interest in art goes all the way back to my days in elementary school and was nurtured as I took art throughout my years…

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