paul pardue photography: miniview

posted by the scholar on August 13th, 2008
filed under: art, artists, photography

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if you are a regular visitor here you know i like to talk about “falling into” the details of some of the artwork i feature. i liken it to walking around with peripheral vision and then finding something that you can focus on sharply as you stumble along your daily path. this is how i felt when i saw the work of paul pardue. the consistency within his collection is noteworthy. each photograph has a powerful combination of great framing, incredible lighting and compelling subject matter. i really enjoy his work, so i decided to investigate further…

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q: where do you live, and where do you create your artwork?
a: i live in sacramento, california which is where the bulk of my work is created, though if circumstances allow i do try and get out and shoot. most recently i went on a three day camping trip and visited two state parks and two federal parks. since i currently shoot digitally i do almost all my “processing” at home on the computer though i do have a laptop that i can take with me as a portable darkroom. i generally spend a lot of time on my photos, i may take a hundred photos and only work on a few. it really depends on the shoot.

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q: what is it about photography that you enjoy the most?
a: i love that in photography you have control over your final image, but at the same time you have zero control over it. it’s a balance where you’re forced to take what is in front of you and make it your image. being able to control your environment to suit your needs is a really cool thought, in some ways it’s like how a painter takes their scene in front of them and paints in as they see. the difference of course is that the painter is open to their interpretation and style whereas i am forced to the constraints of what i can capture through the lens and later, through the processing and printing.

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q: did you think when you were a little kid that you would grow up to be a photographer?
a: i remember as a little kid playing with my mom’s polaroid camera, even if there was no film in it. there is always something magical about photography, i really got in to it in high school and the thrill of watching a print develop in front of your eyes in the dark room is something that very few people get to experience. but, it wasn’t till high school that i really thought of photography as anything. as a kid, i’m sure i wanted to grow up to be an astronaut like all other kids.

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q: if you could shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?
a: i’d love to travel and do more of the landscapes and visit the state and federal parks, and even leave the country, but until that day comes i’ll continue to shoot locally. i guess above anything else it depends on what i want to shoot, where i end up shooting. if i continue with the landscapes and such i can inevitably end up anywhere in the world or even all over the world on some world trip of photography. maybe once things pick up in the sales department i can consider planning a trip.

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see what’s available for sale at paul’s etsy shop. if you enjoy the human form, he also does fine art nudes, and that shop is here. view his full portfolio on his website and while you are at it, say hello to him on his blog.

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thank you paul!


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8 Responses to “paul pardue photography: miniview”

  1. houseofsixcats Says:

    Great interview and beautiful collection of his work!

  2. Alison Du Bois Says:

    Enjoyed the journey – thanks for sharing Paul’s beautiful work, Gigi!

  3. Scott Bulger Photography Says:

    Well done. Nice interview and nice selections of work.

  4. Rareimage Says:

    Great interview and excellent photography!!

  5. sosser Says:

    amazing photos and great interview (as always). his work is otherworldly and recognizable all at once. love that. and i like his observations about photography and control. i agree.

  6. Judi FitzPatrick Says:

    Great interview, Paul’s work is just beautiful.

  7. the scholar Says:

    glad you all enjoy his work too – thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  8. Shelly Says:

    Wow…amazing work. Great interview. Love his thoughts on photography and what it’s about for him.

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