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An interview with Bluedog Tutor and Photographer Linden Neill

December 3, 2012

We continue to bring to you our responses from our tutors leading into Christmas 2012. This blog we feature Linden Neill who when not jaunting around the world assists us at Bluedog Photography as a junior tutor and photographer. 

Q. Tell us briefly your photography journey to date.
A. I first picked up a camera in 2009. It was just a compact but it had manual controls and I was taking pictures of a waterfall. From then on I was hooked. I did a tour and a few courses with Bluedog and I’ve been taking pictures ever since

Q. What inspires you – photographically?
A. I’m most inspired most by war photojournalists. To me there is no one doing more important work then they are. They also have photographic access to countries I won’t be able to travel to for the foreseeable future, so we get an insight of the countries people we wouldn’t otherwise.


Q. What is a highlight of 2012?
A. The three months we spent in Cambodia. It was great to have more time in one while we travel. With the friendships we made there we were given a much more authentic glimpse at their daily life and we will never forget our time there.

Q. What lens can’t you live without?
A. Currently I only have one lens so I guess I would be lost without it. I’m currently using the Fuji XPro-1 and the lens is a Fuji 35mm f1.4. This lens is razor sharp and is by far the best lens I’ve owned.


Q.  What is your favourite type of shoot (and why)?
A. I like street and travel photography but ialso prefer the documentary/observational approach to taking pictures. I prefer natural events to posing or directing people.


Q.  What do you do in your spare time?
A. As I have a non photographic full time job, I take pictures in my spare time. Also like being outdoors – camping/fishing ect and of course travelling.


Q.   What’s your best 2012 photography advice or quick tip?
A. Look for the light first. Nothing else matters if you haven’t got the light.
Even outside the golden hours there is good light to be found – you just have to look.

Q. What are your plans or highlights for 2013?
A. We are counting down the days till we return to Cambodia next year. Also plan on pushing my street work to include more of a human element. 


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 Images all by Linden Neill during 2012


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