You, Me and Charlie is all about sharing inspiration and serving as a window to discover new artists…right? This is why I knew I needed to reach out to Zev and interview him for the site. I’ve wanted to get the chance to chat with Zev from the very moment I discovered his work. I think you’ll be inspired and impressed by his photography… and what if I told you that he is only 14..? Yes, 14 years old! Here’s to promoting talented young artists :]
Ninon: What inspired you to start photography?
Zev: I think it was really a love of cameras, to start off. The mechanical click of a 1960’s fully manual nikkormat just never gets old. It is partially what inspires me to continue, as well. Finely crafted lenses are art in themselves.
N: What’s your quirkiest habit?
Zev: Brushing my teeth while putting my pajamas on? Or never having a lens cap or a camera remote in my possession for more than a week before losing it? Take your pick.
N: What’s your biggest dream?
Zev: To fly. Simple as that. Well, and to take pictures from the air ;]
N: What (or who) are your current influences/inspirations?
Zev: Flickr. Not any one photographer in particular, but just the fact that there is a welcoming community of talented photographers, ready to spill their hearts out in their pictures. To be inspired by, and inspire with your pictures. Just going on there gives me a burst of passion for photography.
N: 3 Do’s and Dont’s you would give to any beginners, from your experience?
Zev: Number one would be, start a project! Any old fart can take pretty pictures, but if you have a long term project with a focus and a goal, then you’re one in a thousand.
Another piece of advice (to any designer really) is, make it look right, forget about what is right. I’m not saying don’t be a perfectionist, only that you can warp and distort a picture, mess up its colors to convey a certain mood, and someone looking at it for the first time won’t even think they notice, because it looks right. It fits.
That’s 2, well I guess the last one would be don’t follow the rules.
N: What’s the most important part of your creative process?
Zev: Doing anything other than photography. I find my most creative ideas when bike riding or going for a walk, though the other half of my inspiration comes from other photographers.
N: How would you explain art in one sentence to a 5 year old?
Zev: Describing art, what an impossible task! But I would say, that art is a dream that you can share with others. It is the only way to accurately communicate feelings and emotions.
N: If you were a Star Wars character, who would you like to be and why?
Zev: Well… I haven’t actually ever seen Star Wars. (N: Wow, that makes me feel kinda old…!) But if there is an orange spotted tree frog in it, that’s what I would be. For sure.