Behind the Lens: Sebastian Duncan
Behind the Lens
As a blogger, I have the pleasure of working with some of the most creative and artistic minds. Everything that you see on this blog is a product of the chemistry between me and the person behind the lens. No two photographers are the same. This series is for you to get to know my favorite hidden gems.
Who is Sebastian Duncan?
"I'm just a kid from East Flatbush in Brooklyn, NY. Both of my parents immigrated to the U.S. from St. Vincent in the West Indies. Growing up I always had a creative mindset. I was constantly drawing, painting or creating something. Currently as a photographer, I'm learning new things every day. Someday I want my work to be recognized around the world."
How Would You Describe Your Work?
"My photography can be described as a combination of street and fine art. I get excited by things that bring out a certain emotion, like darker and moodier expressions. It gives a more relaxed, frozen in time feel. My work is fueled by my drive to create. It's a part of my DNA. I will never stop creating. In a perfect world my gigs would be mostly portraits."
How Did You Get Started?
"I took up photography after a friend of mine showed me his work. He explained the different elements of a photo to me - things like framing and post processing. I was amazed at how much work and creativity went into an image. My drive to create pushed me to get a camera and challenge myself. What I love the most about photography is the limitless emotion that can be displayed in one photo -- that feeling you get when you look at a photo that captured a decade. I also like being able to meet and work with new people."
What Inspires Your Work?
"My work is inspired by the world around me. Locations that carry a different feeling from what I'm used to. I like shooting in forests, nature, and places with old-fashioned vibes. I admire photographers like Brandon Woelfel, Andrew Kerns, Annie Liebovitz. There are too many to name."
Let's Get Technical
"My camera of choice is the Sony A7ii. It's a light weight camera with Sony's incredible sensor. I use the Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8 lens and a 50mm 1.4 lens. I also shoot with iPhone X. For post processing, I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. The only thing on my wishlist is the new A7Riii camera - higher resolution for more detail."
Any advice for aspiring
"My advice for anyone getting into photography is to study. Read as many books and articles as you can. Watch as many YouTube videos as you can. Knowledge is power."
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