Interview: Steam Synthetic

How and when did you get started with photography?

Honestly, its always been an interest of mine. I have been doing visual arts as long as I could remember, but was never really satisfied with the conventional dark room photography. Digital was the step I was looking for. It was the instant gratification for capturing a moment.

What type of photography do you do or what type of projects do you work on?

Mainly I do live photography. Its just my bread and butter, and I love going to shows. It mixes in my love for music with something I enjoy and produce visually. Capturing a moment is difficult, but for any photographer is not incredibly difficult. I try to produce what someone would see if they were  emembering the night. Vivid, yet sharp, conveying an emotion of fantasy to an ordinary live performance captured. The performances themselves are sometimes quite fantastic, “why cant that be captured as well?” is what I am always telling myself.

How did you come up with the name Steam Synthetic?

Steam is an adjective for power, and influence. I also have a deep rooted love for steam-punk genres and have been long before it started becoming a mainstream thing, back in the day, people only had cyber-punk, and it was rarely done well even with all of the sci-fi art, movies and literature that were around. Steam-punk required an infinite amount of detail and creativity above that. Synthetic came as I realized that pictures, are just like movies. They aren’t real. So much work goes into pictures these days
that calling them anything other than “synthetic” is kind of ridiculous. I embrace that. Putting the two things together came naturally after, but It wasn’t with out months upon months of tribulation. Most people recognize the name I used to go by “Jonny Angry”. I felt that I could limit me in the long run. People wouldn’t want to work with someone who’s “angry”, even though those who know me know I am anything but. In the back of my mind, I just figured it would be rather difficult explaining that name to someone asking you to photograph their wedding.

Who are your influences artistically (either photography and/or art in general)?

That’s a long list. Top influences in art would be Bosche, Giger, and Bromm. However, my all time favorite digital artist would have to be Dennis Sibeijn of, He was definitely one
of my major influences in wanting to merge digital art with digital photography.

What is your favorite shoot that you have done so far?

I don’t really have a favorite shoot. I have milestones and people to thank for helping me to get this far. The band “From Dark” was the first band that gave me the chance to shoot their press kit,
which led me to shoot many other bands. Frequis, 30 cents & a Dream, for getting me into gigs I normally wouldn’t have gotten to do for live photography, and Howitzer for getting me into larger venue shows,
even if I had to buy my own ticket.

Do you have a favorite subject or model that you photograph?

I haven’t really done too many model shoots. Its not something I really want to do. If I did it would have to be on the understanding that the model wouldn’t be a model, or even primarily even the focus, they probably wouldn’t even look like themselves, or even human by the time I was done. Subject, surreal is what I would have to go for. Most of the stuff I shoot is green-screened.

What is your ultimate goal with your photography business?

To not be a business. Mixing something you love with money, ends up becoming something you loathe eventually. I would never want to jeopardize my love for the arts with the stress of making money. If
it works, then it works, and I’ll be all the happier. If not, then at least I still have my love for it.

How can you be contacted for hire?

Through my website is the easiest.

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