Photographer Spotlight Monday: Raven Simone Walker
TOAN Magazine Photographer Spotlight Monday Featuring: Raven Simone Walker
Preferred Name: Raven
Where Are You From: New York, New York
Current area of residence: Queens
More Work: Ravensimonewalker.com
TOAN: Do you have a focus on one specific area of photography, i.e.: fashion, landscape, portraiture, events, etc? If so, which?
Raven: For the longest I’ve put a lot of my efforts into my Portraiture work. There is something about the subject and photographer interaction, that I personally really cherish over landscape and event photography.
TOAN: What are your thoughts on saturation in the photography industry due to social media?
R: You know, if you hand a beginner the most simplified, straightforward tools to a trade, they can produce something decent. In this case, an I-phone and social media platforms. But I think there has to be a background understanding and an eye. Also a little heart, and soul in it, you know? And that requires more than just the technical skill. There are so many people on social media producing the same work because they’ve figured out what gets the most likes or attention. And at that point they’ve become a programed machine, creating the same work with only a few changes. At that point it just does them a disservice because they aren’t growing past that or exploring anymore.
On the plus side, social medias been a great platform to showcase work to the entire world. And thats a big step in my opinion. Especially on Instagram, because everyone that has an account from anywhere in the world is available at your fingertips. It really all depends on how you utilize it.
TOAN: Because of its origin and some specific knowledge of settings, numbers and so forth, do you consider photography an art, science, or skill/talent?
R: It’s definitely all three. I think science is art. And in this case lighting and angles are the science. Having an eye for composition and knowing how to narrate visuals well, in my opinion, also makes it talent.
TOAN: How did you decide on photography as something to commit your time to?
R: It was really a no brainer. I’ve never been able to dedicate time to something I didn’t truly love. I’ve always been knee deep in photography and the photo world since I was child. My dad used to have rolls of film in our fridge, next to the mayo. And equipment was always laying around the living room. So besides being a practice and love of mine, it’s has sentimental connection to my childhood and my relationship with my father.
TOAN: What do you imagine to be doing with photography in 6 months? 5 years?
R: I was born and raised in the melting pot center of the world. Though that’s been a blessing, it has left me wanting to visit and engaged first hand with those cultures directly, while documenting it. I imagine I’ll either be traveling the world and working with Travel/ Food network or there magazines photographing all the wonders they have to offer. Though as of late, I’ve had a growing interest in fashion photography, so I’m going to have to find a way to cross both off my checklist.