Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Documentary Photographer Podcast—Episode 25: Damian Drohan—Relentlessness

In this episode of the podcast Damian Drohan talks about how to generate paying documentary commissions and explains how he has received commissions from public bodies. He also talks about keeping yourself going during lean times and during dark times.

You'll also hear why it's been a bit quiet on the podcast and blog since the middle of last year.

In the our conversation, Damian mentions the following links:

Damian's website
Damian's Twitter
Project 1916
WW2 Vets Project

Thursday, 25 June 2015

The Documentary Photographer Podcast—Episode 24: Jon Wilkening—The Courage to Follow Your Heart to Fulfilment as a Photographer

Jon Wilkening left a successful career in finance to become a fine art photographer. His whole life, he felt like he was different and couldn't shake a sense of not quite belonging. It's hardly surprising when you think he's an American whose childhood was spent in the Netherlands and India. He was 12 by the time he settled permanently in the US.

Jon speaks about his fascinating upbringing and about how he came to make a risky, yet fulfilling leap from finance to photography.You'll also hear about the influence AJ Leon and the force of nature that is Misfit Inc had on his life.A special mention goes to Jane Boyd, a mutual friend who brought Jon and I together for the show.

© 2015 Jon Wilkening

Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Documentary Photographer Podcast—Episode 23: Peter Cox—Self-publishing "Atlantic Light" Using Kickstarter

Peter Cox is a successful professional landscape photographer based in Co. Cork in Ireland. He is currently running  a Kickstarter campaign to help publish his second book, Atlantic Light. To say it has been a huge success so far would be an understatement—like saying the summit of K2 is a stiff walk.

Peter is no stranger to Kickstarter success. His previous book campaign was almost 400% funded and he is on track to repeat that this time round.

In this episode of The Documentary Photographer Podcast, Peter talks about what you need to run a successful Kickstarter campaign and explains what went into his latest book project.

Peter is also an early adopter of drone technology for his photography and his latest book will feature photographs taken exclusively from the air. He explains what drew him to drone photography and tells of some of the mishaps along the way.

If you have plans to run a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book of your photographs, Peter has some wonderful and useful insights for you.

You can see Peter's Kickstarter campaign here: Peter Cox Kickstarter for Atlantic Light.
His website is here: Peter's website.

Below is the secondary, supporting video that Peter talks about in our conversation:

Atlantic Light from Peter Cox on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Documentary Photographer Podcast—Episode 22: Stephen Serio—Smartphone Photography & Changing Lanes

Can you make money from smartphone photography? Yes, you can. In this episode of The Documentary Photographer podcast, American photographer Stephen Serio talks about his Instagram photography and how it fits in with his career as a professional photographer.

He also talks about his recent switch from being a staff magazine photographer to a freelancer, along with the reasons behind the move. He tells how he is using the contacts he built up as a magazine photographer to build his freelance client base in and around Chicago.

Stephen also explains the "architecture of light", a principle he learned from one of his mentors, documentary photographer David Plowden.

You can see Stephen's work on his website ( and follow his smartphone photography on Instagram, where he is @phoned_it_in.

© Stephen Serio. All Rights Reserved. Reproduced with permission.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 19: Jonathan Desmond & Roger Overall – Pre-qualifying Your Clients for Documentary Work

In a change from the norm, Canadian photographer Jonathan Desmond takes the reins of the podcast and asks me questions about how I approach documentary photography. In particular, we talk about how to explain to both wedding and corporate clients what documentary photography is. We also discuss the importance of letting your passion for the authentic moment shine through.

Friday, 2 January 2015

The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 18: Iesha Small – Documenting Depression

In this episode documentary photographer and teacher Iesha Small talks about her project documenting depression.

Iesha explains how her own spell of depression resulted in her taking up photography. She also talks about using text and audio in her work, and about how she approaches such a sensitive topic.

You can see Iesha's photography and stories at

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Documentary Photographer Podcast – Episode 21: Carl Weese and the Case of the Platinum/Palladium Prints

2014 has been a fast year. "Flown by" doesn't cover it. Usain Bolt himself would be left spluttering in the dust cloud left in the wake of 2014. I think Linford Christie (also a sprinter) once said that you have to go on the "B" of the starter pistol's "BANG!". 2014 is so fast, it would have finished the race by then.

All of which is a longwinded way of saying that I've had virtually no time to spend on the Documentary Photographer podcast. I'd love to do more, but in the scheme of things, it rates lower than many other things in my life this year. The chief time suck has been establishing a new business. The good news is that this has taken wing. It does mean that there is even less time to spend on the podcast, though.

The thing about a podcast is that recording one is the easy bit. The real time investment is in the editing. That can take two or three times as long as the actual conversation itself. And that's if you do a really rudimentary podcast like The Documentary Photographer. It's the reason why I have three recorded-but-unedited episodes. They would perhaps have stayed that way for many more months were it not for two people.

The first is Mark Cotton. An audio genius who has helped me edit some of the episodes that had been languishing on my hard drives. With his help, I'm confident they will appear soon. Or at least sooner than if I had been left to my own devices.

The other is Carl Weese, an American photographer who appeared in episode three of The Documentary Photographer. When we last spoke, he was about to embark on a 18,000 mile trek around the USA to photograph drive-in movie theatres. That journey is done. A book is in the works.

Carl contacted me recently about a new project. A sale of platinum/palladium prints. These are prints that have an exceptional tonal range. The making is part alchemy, part artisan wizardry. Carl is a grand wizard.

You can own one (or two)

Carl is offering two photographs as platinum/palladium prints at a vastly discounted rate. We're talking a reduction of 85% or so here. He suggested a podcast chat about the process of making these prints. I agreed. Although it did put me in a difficult spot. Because of the time limit on the print sale, I've had to bump the episode to the front of the queue – ahead of recordings with other photographers, who had been waiting patiently for me to get round to editing their episodes.

Needs must... and all that.

So here we have episode 21 of the podcast appearing ahead of 18, 19 and 20. Life is messy. I'm a little OCD, so it doesn't sit well to publish out of synch. But look, better this way than not at all.

By the way, if it wasn't immediately obvious, you can listen to the podcast by clicking the player at the top of this post.

More importantly, you can get all the details of how to get one of Carl's prints on the world's greatest photography blog: The Online Photographer.