We featured photographer Danny Lane’s blog as our Blog of the Week a few months ago, and since then have been continuously drawn to his lo-fi style of shooting, and dreamy compositions. Here, we catch up with Danny again to find out why he stands out from the crowd.
WHAT WAS THE ONE PHOTOGRAPH THAT MADE YOU WANT TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I found old pictures of my parents in the basement once and they were really cool. Subconsciously, that might have been an influence..but really I was introduced to photography through cinema. I really didn’t get into photos and photographers until after I started shooting. Characters and the chance to understand them further made me want to become a photographer.
WHAT DO YOU DO DIFFERENTLY TO OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS OUT THERE, WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU DIFFERENT?
It’s possible that my shoots are more casual than others. I’m not really interested in makeup although if a model shows up wearing makeup, that’s fine. I also don’t fully understand how to use a camera properly..so experimentation is a big part of what I do.
EVERYONE YOU PHOTOGRAPH IS VERY BEAUTIFUL; DO YOU HANDPICK YOUR MODELS ON A CERTAIN CRITERIA?
Ooh, I’ll tell them you said that! Sometimes when I shoot for an agency, they already have the girls “they think I’d like”. Most of the time they are right. For a while, I would shoot with anyone I thought was attractive or cool or different from the other models I’ve shot with already. Now I am trying to shoot with people who are confident and creative. But a good sense of style is important too.
WHAT TYPES OF CAMERA DO YOU USE AND WHY IS THIS?
I use 35mm film and I swear by this old Konica point and shoot. Konica C35. Now that I have figured it out, it’s like magic. I also use a Contax G1 and a Canon AV-1. Shooting with film feels so much better to me. It feels brave not to look at the pictures as you shoot and its rewarding when they come out nice. Digitally, I use a Sony NEX-7 because it is small and the quality is great.
WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY WITH YOUR IMAGES?
People and the way they present themselves are interesting and important. Pictures are just moments in life.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
The first time I shot nudity, it was unexpected and on a highway. Backstage at fashion week is exciting and crazy. I recently went to Montreal to shoot a package for a modeling agency and I really loved that city. Honestly, this is pretty cool answering these questions for Hunger TV too.
HAS PHOTOGRAPHY LED YOU TO ANYTHING OR ANYONE UNEXPECTED?
Of course. Almost all of the people I shoot with are strangers. I’ve seen so many different apartments in New York and I have met people from all over the world. The unexpected has become even more frightening because I’ve been so in touch with it.
WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO PHOTOGRAPH?
I’d be very happy shooting celebrities, obviously. Film, theatre and music are a big part of my life and I admire success in these fields. I also look forward to shooting with my wife and kids someday when I have a wife and kids.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES OR BREAKS A PHOTO? 9.
To be vague, I think the vibe is the most important thing about a photo. Composition mixed with real emotion make for a nice vibe..and a nice image. I love colour and black and white pictures equally. Good photography, to me, is familiar but leaves room for the imagination. Comfortable, sexual, strange, nostalgic, shy – a photo should just make you feel something.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS A PHOTOGRAPHER IN 10 YEARS TIME?
Me, I’ll be sitting at my desk in my new apartment working on something great. Maybe it’s a series of photos or maybe it’s a song. In general, photography will be really confusing in 10 years. It already is. I’d like to see photography comeback a little closer to reality. There is still so much to be said and experienced with real life.