Ian is a world-renowned professional nature photographer, writer, and adventurer. He has been photographing our natural world for almost twenty years creating beautiful Dreamscapes that move beyond the literal, transforming something unexpected by rendering the familiar in an unfamiliar way.
We had the chance to interview Ian and hope you find yourself inspired by his wisdom as well as his images!
What type of photography do you prefer and why?
I focus primarily on landscape and wildlife photography. I've always been active in the outdoors, so when I started photography, it was a natural fit for me.
What tip(s) would you give someone just starting out in photography?
First, study the work of others you admire. Try to think critically about what you like and don't like. By doing so, you can turn your subjective reactions into objective lessons. Second, practice, practice, practice! Nothing beats getting behind the lens as much as possible if you want to get better. Don't be afraid to break the rules, and try something creative and different. It's the only way to really learn and grow as an artist - if you are not constantly pushing your boundaries, you'll never advance your craft or fully explore your own creative vision. Stop making excuses and get out there and work as hard as you can - you'll be amazed at what you can come up with!
Where is your favorite place to travel and to photograph?
I get asked this question a lot, and I never really have an answer. Every place I have photographed has its own unique beauty. That said, I frequently travel to Patagonia, and it is definitely one of the most incredible landscape locations on the planet. You can't go wrong with giant mountain peaks, massive glaciers, and some of the most dramatic weather on Earth!
Who is a photographer you have looked to for inspiration?
Truth be told, I really don't look at the work of others these days. I really don't like chasing other people's shots. I try my best to keep my own eye fresh. But if I had to give the nod to anyone, it would be my good friend and one-time mentor George Stocking, Master of the American Southwest.
What made you decide to get into photography?
Well, I bought a camera just for fun one year and was instantly hooked. I loved it right away. I knew as soon as I first put my eye to the viewfinder that this was what I wanted to do with my life. That was twenty years ago. Ten years ago I finally took the plunge into doing photography as a full time career. It's been a wild ride, and I've loved every minute of it!
Upcoming workshops or book releases?
I've always got new workshops and books on the horizon. There are a few new listings available if you go here. Also, Richard Bernabe, the co-leader on the Namibia workshop, and I released a free eBook with a collection of our Namibia images so we could share our love of this beautiful country with others. Check it out! http://www.ianplant.com/ebook-namibia.htm