“Focus and perfect clarity are often overrated.”
Name: Otto Kitchens
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Style of Photography: Documentary / art
Type of Cameras: Oh, quite a few film cameras and one unused digital SLR. Mostly medium format cameras with a smattering of 35mm cameras: some new, most old-ish, some high quality, and some cheap plastic. My favorites (although that can vary based on my mood) are my Hasselblad 501CM, Pentax 67, Banier (Diana clone), and Polaroid 600SE.
What gives you inspiration?
Basically the world around me, except people as subjects. I do find inspiration by the remnants or echoes of humans, just not usually in portraiture. For the last couple of years my favorite inspiration has been photographing the things we leave behind. That’s why I’m often prowling around abandoned buildings.
Why did you choose these photos?
No particular reason, except that I think they fairly represent my work.
What does photography mean to you?
Capturing a scene or a feeling of that scene. It’s that moment when I am looking at something and I tilt my head a bit and go “hmm…” I don’t always go for a documentary feel to an image. Life isn’t perfect so sometimes I want an imperfect result — focus and perfect clarity are often overrated.
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