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Chris Grundy

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Chris Grundy is a freelance photographer, from Sydney, Australia. Through his travels he has developed a strong passion for documenting the ocean and its surroundings, resulting in some unique imagery that can be seen throughout his body of work.

We asked Chris a few questions

What is photography to you?
A medium and a creative platform to show others a glimpse of how I see day to day life.
How would you describe your photographic style?
I try not to force my image making. If it's not working, move on and let the space breathe. I like to step back, slow things down and let moments unfold naturally. If I'm shooting a model or for a client, before I even get the camera out, I like to get to know a bit about who I'm photographing. It makes the shoot flow and shooting in a relaxed atmosphere is so much more rewarding and efficient.
How long have you been shooting and what lead you to it?
I first picked my Dads old film camera in 2010 for my Visual Arts major in School, and having no prior knowledge of how to use it, it slowly became an obsession. After I received back my first roll of Black and White film there was one image that was embedded in my mind and from that roll, I fell love with it. For the past 5 years, I've been lucky to call it my job.
Have you changed your approach since you started?
Yeah definitely, I'm constantly learning everyday and that's what I love about it. I really enjoy diving into old hard drives and re-visiting work from the past with a fresh eye. Some images you will skip over at the time thinking there's not much in it, but from there I can turn that into a new series. These days I love slowing the process down, and take a film approach to digital. I'm super self critical of my work, but I think patience is key.
What are you communicating with your photography? 
It all depends on what I'm shooting, but I love images that tell a story, trigger an emotion, connect and make people feel something.
First camera & current weapon of choice?
First camera was a film camera was a Nikon f801s and digital was a Nikon D3000. I'm currently shooting with a Nikon D800 paired with a 50mm, 24-70mm, and my favourite lens a 70-200mm plus and a range of 35mm cameras. 
Where do you find your inspiration?
I tend to find inspiration through music, art, exhibitions, films, books, friends, magazines and travel. 
What are you most looking forward to shooting next? 
Winters have always been one of my favourite times of year to shoot and I've got some ocean series I've been developing for a few years that I would love to refine and add some new works to this year. Also, super interested in the concept of photojournalism and really want to shoot more film this year as well as explore some new ideas.  
Whats your favourite shot of yours? 
Not necessarily my favourite image, but this image is from the first roll of film I ever shot, so I guess its one of the more special images of my collection. 
Mangroves by Chris Grundy
What response do you want from your work? 
A form of connection or something that will stop people and take a minute to look at the overall picture or body of work. I guess I want people to feel something from my images, whether it's an emotion or just take the time to appreciate what's gone into it. For someone to recognise an image without a name attached, purely of style or composition I think is something to strive for. I just want to create unique work. 

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