Photographer Craig Grant is dedicated to touching the human spirit in countless ways. Whether it is through his ability to build trust with his subjects in a portrait photograph or to inspire relaxation through the beauty of a vast landscape, his aim is to alleviate some of the stresses of contemporary life. Read on to hear more of Grant’s story.
1) Your aim is to stir emotions in viewers, particularly a sense of relaxation and escape. Tell us a bit about where this creative desire comes from?
Most of us live in a world of pressure. Your job, your family, your neighbor or just dealing with life in general. We don’t give ourselves the gift of relaxation. A vacation can relax you, so can a walk in the park or getting lost in a beautiful image, and hopefully, that is where my work comes in. I just try to create or capture the beauty that is already there and to compose images that at first glance appear to be simple but more complex the more you look at them.
2) You were introduced to photography in fourth grade. What type of camera did you use then? What types of images did you start out shooting?
It was a Kodak 120, a popular camera in the 50s and 60s with a medium format twin lens and a waist-level viewfinder. It was a standard consumer camera until the 35mm became popular. My first picture was of a horse and carriage in New York. We were not rich, so I only got two shots on a roll of 12. I learned to conserve my shots at an early age.
3) Vast vistas seem to be frequent in your body of work. What do you find intriguing about a wide-open landscape or cityscape?
I studied film production at Rowan University when it was Glassboro State College with a desire to be a cinematographer. I always love the opening and closing shots of a movie, which are usually large vistas setting up the story or used for rolling the credits.
4) Your portraits are interesting. You seem to capture a real sense of personhood and humanity in an unusual style that uses unique compositions. Tell us about your work shooting people?
Thank you so much. I try to make bold choices whenever I can. So, I asked my subjects to trust me. Once that is achieved it’s like hunting. I’m waiting for the soul to appear so that I may capture it.
5) Finally, what has your experience been like using Your Art Gallery? What aspects of the site do you enjoy the most?
My experience with Your Art Gallery has been wonderful. It’s the best way to have my work seen. It’s organized and secure. I’ve worked with Z at Duggal in Manhattan. She told me about
Your Art Gallery and introduced me to Danielle. The site has been up for a few months and the exposure has been fantastic.