Gearing up for Photo Nights Boston’s inaugural Photorama event taking place on October 3 at the Cyclorama in Boston, Resource sat down with professional photographer Gregory Waldo, one of the handful of photographers participating in the upcoming Photo Nights Boston event. We talked to Greg about his work, his current projects and some of his favorite images.
Tell us about yourself, your photography and what you’re currently working on.
Strangely enough, I got into photography through skateboarding. I loved it so much I started to do some video work, but quickly got bored with that, so went straight to shooting photos. Some of my photography friends who were already in school full-time, convinced me to get serious about it. I ended up going to the New England School of Photography (NESOP), which was an amazing experience. I graduated in 2008 and have been taking pictures ever since.
I’ve been working on a couple of projects, the latest one for a local coffee house in Back Bay. They just went through a massive renovation, so I had the opportunity to take all of the internal photos for their website.
Where do you draw inspiration?
I draw inspiration from many things – one of them being Tumblr. I’m on Tumblr all the time – whenever I see a photo I like, I get a lot of inspiration from that.
The environment also inspires me. I love to travel and see fantastic, quirky and beautiful things in the outdoors. I went on an amazing European excursion last fall, hitting Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Amsterdam, and Paris. I didn’t want to come home! Copenhagen was probably one of my favorite cities, but Iceland was unbelievable too – talk about breathtaking. Many of the pictures on my website are from Iceland.
What do you hope people take away from your work?
My hope and dream is to make a living at photography. However, my personal goal is to inspire people. The great photos always make me look and wonder, “How do they do that?” I want to inspire people to feel the exact same way. However, at the end of the day, I just want people to love my work.
What’s your advice when it comes to pursuing a career in photography?
My biggest advice – and probably the most difficult to achieve: Don’t slack! Keep practicing and keep getting out there. Networking is also incredibly important. Even if you’re not the most social person in the world, meeting the right people can open all kinds of doors for you.
What would be your dream shoot?
Being able to travel wherever I wanted (for free, of course), shooting whatever caught my eye. That’s not too much to ask, is it??
What’s the first photo that caught your eye or that you remember taking?
Gregory Crewdson’s ‘Brief Encounters’ blew my mind. I really connected with that work, and it’s stayed with me. I don’t know if I can remember my first photo, but the one that stands out most was taken while I was travelling through Croatia. It’s of a child and his grandfather (we’re assuming), in the quaint town of Dubrovnik. I don’t normally shoot street photography, but when I saw this scene unfolding, I just had to grab my camera.
It’s easy to make a photo happen when you have control over the situation, and I still enjoy that aspect, but the real magic happens when the scene unfolds around you and you only have a moment to react. I don’t indulge in that nearly as much as I should.
Gregory Waldo is a Boston native and works out of his studio in South Boston. You can see more of his work here.