Patrick Warner

Where are you from/based now?

I'm from and based in Missoula, Montana.

What is your background in Photography? What keeps you interested?

I don't have any formal education in photography. My Dad always had cameras and photography books around the house, but I didn't really start until I was 19, playing around with a kodak easyshare dslr on vacation.I was off and on for a few years and then after I graduated college, I began reading more about photography and started shooting film. Seeing really good photos, movies or art keeps me interested. I always try to see something I can do better in the photos and that keeps me going.

What equipment do you use?

Pentax 67, hasselblad 500 c/m, and an olympus XA. I was using a mamiya c330 until it's aperture stopped working. RIP.

What is your working process, do you take one shot of a subject then move on or will you take several and decide on the best in editing?

It depends. Sometimes all it takes is driving around at night, listening to music and spotting a scene I like. Or I'll keep a location in mind if I think it's interesting. I do bracket shots just to have a few options and I'm still learning how to properly expose photos under certain lighting conditions without relying on a light meter so much.

What do you look for when you are out shooting?

Good question-I'm not really sure. I'll just go somewhere and shoot whatever "catches my eye" I guess, which has been landscapes and scenes for awhile. I eventually want to do more portrait work and proper street photography.

Is there a particular photographer, site, set of images or a photo book that you keep coming back to for inspiration?

Lately, Todd Hido's "Motels", Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" and the many great photographers on flickr. The Gregory Crewdson documentary on netflix was pretty cool too.

Are you working on a project at the moment?

Yes, I'm working on putting together a portrait project I shot back in March. I'll also be in Jackson Hole, Wyoming this summer and I'll never forgive myself if I don't shoot something there.

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