Do you ever get self conscious about being your own subject?
Definitely! I'm really comfortable putting myself in front of the camera to be the subject of the storyline I'm creating, it's having other people around watching me doing that- which is almost impossible to avoid when your shooting in public places. I have do some weird looking things on top of doing it by myself in front of my own camera, which looks really werid to people. I think also here in Colorado people are just nosey about it, their always saying weird things to me about so it makes me extra self concious about it. I am really trying to be able to work past that anxiety or figure out a way to not let it effect me when I'm shooting cause it definitely makes things challenging when I'm trying to shoot a new piece.
What was the most frustrating piece you've done?
that's a tough question! Quite a few of them have been frustrating because they have turned out so different than what I planned for them to be in my head. I would have to say out of my official/released images, "Lost for the Dear Connection" and "Bottom of the River" would have to be equally two most frustrating pieces. They both turned out so much more different than what I was hoping to exectute with the concept.
Other question: Many of your pictures seem pretty dark and sad or even desperate/helpless (at least to me :D). (If I don't interpret this wrong:) Do you create art out of your emotions or do you just like that theme? (I hope the second^^ otherwise, you would have felt that way somewhat often D:)
I do create art of the darker theme. I love the dark themes- I'm a total sucker for it. I think sometimes the emotions that do parallel the darker ideas, do excell how I create that concept, but, I really just love creating dark art. (-:
when and how have you found your passion for photography?
I found my passion for photography about 6 years ago. I didn't even intentially start practicing photography. I was visiting Northern California on vacation and kept taking pictures of everything because of how gorgeous it was there. It wasn't until I got back to Colorado and was looking through my images I shot that I discovered how much I enjoyed the art. I started out shooting landscape, nature, miscellaneous images. Then over time I evolved my art into the conceptual, fine art that I shoot today.
2-3 hours, maybe 4? I've never really kept track of how much time its taken me to edit, so its a rough guess.
What is the craziest thing you've done for a photoshot?
It's funny you ask that, because whenever someone gets to see how I shoot, they're always telling me that I am crazy haha! Anyways, I would have to say that the very first one that comes to mind is the milk bath piece I did last summer, "Lullabies in the Abyss" because I got the bath all set up and then it started to storm as soon as I got all done so I had to leave for it awhile while the storm passed and by the time I could get out to shoot while I still could, the bath had turned into this ice-cold milk bath and it was raining which a totally amazing effect to have, but I just remember being completely frozen shooting that piece. Then, after thinking about for a few, the second most craziest one is "Trapped in the Element", where I'm submerged underwater through this glass pane, which I literally was to shoot that, that was a interesting experience to lay in my bath tub, underwater, with a huge glass pane on top of me posing for a shot. Probably, not the most craziest, but hopefully in the near future, there will be some awesome stories about how I got different shots! (-:
What are you studying at school?
I'm studying fine arts with a concentration in photography
Where and when do you get your best ideas?
The most random times of the day, all day, everyday. I could be just lost in thought, looking at something inspiring, or listening to music. I'm always trying to cultivate new concepts whenever I can!
Whats your favorite photograph that you've made.
Ooh, that is a tough one! I love all of the pieces that I officially release. I would have to say, so far, it is "No Light" (http://www.flickr.com/photos/eringraboski/8004965271/) which is my first official piece that I released as a fine art photographer.
If you could leave tomorrow with a one-way ticket, where would you go?
what is your biggest fear when it comes to photography?
That's a really good question! When it comes to photography, I find myself struggling with different anxieties of shooting . So when it comes to my biggest fear, it is that the anxiety is going to over-dominate my creating process. It's a really difficult to thing to explain how.