KCCP is proud to feature photographer and artist Brian Bartlett this week. He graciously opens up about some personal experiences as well as shows off some of his amazing work.
What go you into photography and how long have you been doing it?
So, that is actually a fairly interesting story, but it I blame it on my father passing away. I wanted to share a trip I was taking to Alaska for my father’s funeral with my friends and family back in the lower 48. The pages are still up, but the general feedback was positive, with a lot of “give us more” sent to me. I’ve been at it for about 5 years now.
What is your favorite thing to photograph?
I get teased often for, but flowers and butterflies (and moths). I enjoy photographing people, places, and rustic parts of machinery, but when left to my own devices, I’ll find my way back to flowers every time.
Why did you decide to photograph cosplayers?
At first, it started as practice out at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. Since then my girlfriend, and cohort (read as photography assistant), has pulled me into the colorful vortex of cosplay. It has been a lot of fun, but I still need more victims, I mean models, and time.
What type of camera do you prefer to use?
I shoot with a Pentax K-5, which has stood me out as a bit of an oddball in the regular photography groups here in town, but I like it.
What is your editing program of choice?
My editing program of choice is Apple’s Aperture, though they announced discontinuing support of it recently. I’ll probably end up on Adobe’s Lightroom next. I don’t do a lot of editing. Mostly basic adjustments, with the occasional “uh oh” removal.
What is the best advice you’d give someone who wants to get into photography
Advice….Start… Now… With whatever camera you have. The best camera you have is the one you have with you. Yes, you can save up pennies, and get the fancy DSLR, or mirrorless 3/4ths, but if you wait, you’re missing opportunities. You’ll never get back the pictures you didn’t take. Oh, and get used to throwing a lot of them away. It just happens that way.
Have you considered cosplaying?
I have dabbled a bit, and am currently spinning some plans for next Planet Comicon.
What are your other interests?
Games. Lots and lot of games. Boards games, card games, dice games, and even some video games. Mostly, I enjoy the social aspect of gaming. Most people would accuse me of having computers as a general category as my hobby, and that would also be correct. I also watch movies, and read when I get the chance.
If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be and why?
It was nearly impossible for me to choose one character. I kept wanting to choose authors to have dinner with, but the fictional character I think I would like to sit down and have pizza and a beer with would be Harry Dresden. The Za Lord has been there, done that, and survived. I’d love to just hang for a while and ponder the meaning of nothing and everything, with someone who just keeps getting back up.