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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

P&P Blogger Profile: Chris Orwig

Chris Orwig of Chris Orwig Photography (Blog)

I’m a teacher, author, surfer, husband, dad, lover-of-life. (Click here for a video introduction.)

Why do you blog?

“Photography is about savoring life at 1/100th of a second.” Marc Riboud. It gives me a way to savor daily life.

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
Quite a while, yet for me it’s more a question of creativity and I was brought up in a creative home and trace who I am and how I see to the early days.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
All kinds… Whatever is on my shoulder.

Mac or PC?

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
The camera manual.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
Equipment is cool but I’d rather be like Picasso… “If they took away my paints I’d use pastels. If they took away my pastels I’d use crayons. If they took away my crayons I’d use pencils. If they stripped me naked and threw me in prison I’d spit on my finger and paint on the walls.”

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Jay Maisel was once asked, “What do I need to do to create better photographs.” He replied, “Become a more interesting person.” And I concur.

What inspires you to create?
As a kid my mom told me, “there’s no such thing as bad art.” She lied, but that is a truth that I hold onto. It inspires me. It gives me freedom. It reminds me that it is about creativity and process.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Anywhere with my three girls (wife and 2 daughters).

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read. Bike. Surf. Hike. Camp, Play. Swim. Guitar.

What talent would you most like to have?

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Sojourn
What turns you on? Life.
What sound or noise do you love? My daughters' laughter
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Well done.

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