Where are you from?
I live in Worcester, Massachusetts in central Massachusetts, USA. Worcester is an industrial city, but immediately to our west are rolling hills, forests, the Quabbin Reservoir and on to the Berkshires. It’s a wonderful place for photography, especially photography with an environmental perspective.
Why did you want to become a Photographer?
I’m not sure I chose photography, I think photography chose me. I’ve always been very visually oriented. Photography though has the unique ability to get us to stop and think, to reflect. Time stands still and in the process we can consider the nature of things, what is important, our values and our hopes. Photography gives me the chance to reflect, and hopefully the opportunity to encourage others to do so.
Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
This photograph helped me begin to understand that I needed to take a different direction in my work. While I’ve always been drawn to beautiful grand landscapes, I needed to find a different way to express my feelings about life, nature and the environment. The natural world is filled with tension. I needed to find a way to introduce that tension. These are turkey vultures. Their gestures are graceful. The setting though is a long dead tree. This particular tree is in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Reservation in Virginia. The scene though has a certain film noire attitude for me. The birds appear to be arguing (not to anthropomorphize, they really did seem to be annoying one another). There is beauty, but there is tension. I think I grew a bit from participating in the making of this image.
Anything else you want to add?
I appreciate the opportunity. Please visit my web site and blog at www.jameshuntphotography.com