The second of our member spotlights this month is Steve Forse, the photographer behind ‘New vs Old’ and ‘No 32’. Two of the three shots which were joint winners of the “Contrast” Photo Contest!
Read on to find out how Steve got into photography, what inspires him, where in the world he would most like to photograph and more!
Where are you from and how long have you been living in Oxford?
I’m originally from Poole in Dorset but moved to Oxfordshire in 1975. I’ve been living in Kidlington since the late ‘90’s.
What’s your story? How did you get into photography?
I got into photography in 2016 as I didn’t really have any hobbies that gave me proper ‘me’ time. I’ve never had any artistic talent (drawing/painting/playing music), but photography is something I feel I can be artistic at.
What is your favourite subject to photograph?
I’m currently into location portraits. I originally started with sunsets, sunrises, long exposures/light trails, architecture, landscapes – pretty much anything; but at the time taking pictures of people really didn’t interest me. That’s not the case now.
What do you think is key to taking a good photo?
Take loads of photos (the obvious advantage of digital cameras), there will be at least a few you’re really pleased with. And just keep practicing.
Where do you find your photography inspiration? What motivates you?
At the moment, portraits. In September 2018, I arranged to meet a London cityscape and portrait photographer. He brought along a friend/model for us to shoot and he gave me lots of hints and tips. Since then, I’ve gone back to London several times for Instameets (that’s Instgram meet-ups to you and me) organised by groups such as The Portrait Mission, Lensminds and Greatest of Britain.
Where in the world would you most like to photograph?
I think I’ve got too many to list!
What is your experience of Oxford Photo Walk?
I’ve been to quite a few photo walks since just after the group started in 2016. There are always really friendly people there and it’s great to just walk, talk and take photos.
I’d like to thank Steve for sharing his story and a few of his favourite photographs with us.
Like what you see?
All the best