Interview Jeff Seltzer

Without the solace of photography, I’d probably go crazy!

Name: Jeff Seltzer
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, California
Style of photography: Urban Still Life
Type of camera(s): Canon 5D Mark II, prime lenses

What gives you inspiration?

I find comfort and solace in this otherwise anxiety-producing world by creating a sense of harmony among the seemingly unrelated, mundane data around me. There are so many things I can’t control; but what I can control is what I see through my camera and how I present it to the world through careful framing and composition. My need is to create and restore order (harmony) around me.

What are your influences?

I’m influenced by a number of great photographers including Brad Moore, J Bennett Fitts, Bob O’Connor, and of course Andreas Gursky. I’m also a member of Lost in Focus ( from which I seek inspiration on a daily basis from a great group of about a dozen international photographers. Inspiration also comes from the great emerging photographers I see online on Flickr, all the great blogs, and online publications – there’s so much great stuff, it’s almost overwhelming.

Why did you choose these photos?

I choose these photos because they are among my personal favorites. I also like these images because they were taken very close to my home – a fact that reminds me that the harmony I seek with my camera is always close by.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography means a lot to me. It is a way to express my creative side (my formal education is in statistics, experimental design, and rhetorical theory). Photography is also my number one form of therapy – a way to escape the anxiety I sometimes have as 40 year-old husband, father, and business partner. Without the solace of photography (including the digital darkroom), I’d probably go crazy!


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