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New York State of Mind

Passion and talent have taken photographer Greg Delves to New York City where the magic and energy constantly inspire him to capture the moment.  Greg is a world-renowned photographer and has had his work featured in galleries and many major publications.  I quizzed him on his life in the Big Apple.

L: How did you come to be a photographer? 

G: My father was a very good amateur photographer. I spent my childhood hanging around the darkroom in our garage. I was hooked from the start!

L: What has been the highlight of your career so far?

G: Probably working for all the magazines that my idols, Irving Penn and Richard Avedon worked for Vogue, Harpers Bazaar.

L: How would you describe the style of your work?

G: I’m a still life photographer who approaches every subject in a studied way. I’m so interested in capturing the moment, but also controlling the image until it looks like what’s in my head.

L: You travel extensively for work, what is your favourite city and why?

Paris of course. No other city in the world comes close to its beauty. Also, because of restrictions on development, the city looks the same as it did 100 years ago.

L: What do you think about social media and its impact upon the photography industry?

G: It’s a new frontier. Like painting at the turn of the last century when everyone expected photography to replace the medium. It didn’t but it has allowed the barriers to be taken down

L: What are the projects you are currently working on?

G: Finishing three editorials I shot for German GQ in Europe recently – two men’s accessories shoots and a men’s on figure fashion story.

L: Why did you decide to move to New York?

G: My work was being seen in Australian Vogue and I was asked to come and shoot here. I came and realised the opportunities were much larger here so I stayed.

L: What does a typical day look like for you?

G: I take my kids to school and then go by my studio to collect equipment for the day’s shoot. Usually I finish at about 8pm and deal with the images from that day’s shoot.

L: Can you describe the local neighbourhood?

G: We live outside of NYC about 30 minutes away. We live near the water in a typical American suburb. Nice and quiet and a respite from the craziness of NYC.

L: What do you do to relax?

G: What’s that? Haha… spending time on Long Island Sound paddle boarding. Taking a trip out to Montauk and surfing at Ditch Plains. Finding a band to go to see in NYC, my favourite venue is Webster Hall.

L: You shoot a lot of amazing beauty images; do you have any tips on how those unaccustomed to selfies can look better in photographs?

G: Yes, natural flat light in front of a window. Definitely not hard or direct sunlight if you are old like me!

L: How does New York inspire your creativity?

G: It’s never-ending energy and vitality. The power that this large fire-breathing animal is always active. You never know what to expect and what magical and inspirational moment will occur that day. I love her dearly but like any great love, you need space or she will devour you with passion and power.

L: What are your top three things to do in NY?

Walking around the East Village visiting the vintage vinyl stores, visiting Rudy’s Music store in Soho, going to see the opera at the Met and admiring the Lincoln Center Architecture of Phillip Johnston.

L: As a fellow dog lover, I must ask you about the very photogenic Violet Delves. What do you enjoy about photographing her?

G: Weimaraners are the supermodels of photogenic dogs! They are so beautifully poised and love to engage in any activity that can please you. Violet is a joy and because of her grey coat, the light reacts differently to her pose, allowing never-ending possibilities for images.

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