10 minutes with Geordie Wood

Interviews with Photographers July 31, 2013 1:23 pm

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

Growing up I was always a creative kid but at the time was mainly interested in sculpture and ceramics. Then my senior year of high-school I started assisting a local photographer and it was more or less history from there. We weren’t doing the most interesting work but I did have a number of memorable experiences and he introduced me to his substantial photo book collection. After that I turned down all the sculpture programs that had accepted my college application and pursued a degree in photojournalism. At the time that’s all I wanted to do, but eventually my interest shifted again.

 

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

 

What made you shift away from photojournalism? Who were the first photographers that inspired you?

After a few years studying photojournalism I looked at my book and it had turned into contrived newspaper portfolio, there was none of me left in it. I was interested in shooting people but felt incredibly constrained by the “rules” of photojournalism and paradigms of what was acceptable and not. So I threw everything out and started from scratch. At the time I was at a journalism school but across campus at the arts school, Doug Dubois, was a professor. After many many tries knocking on his door he looked at my new work and asked if I wanted to join one of his classes and audit his graduate class. That was the start of a hybrid education I ended up getting, he was a big inspiration at the time. Others included Alec Soth, Chris Anderson and Alex Webb among others.

 

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

Geordie Wood

 

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?

Ten years ago I would have just graduated high-school, the advice could be endless, ha. Photo-wise, I would say remain open to mentors and peers, but know that no one person has all of the answers. Maintaining your voice and following your gut is just as important. Also I would make sure not to view “opportunities” presented to you with rose colored glasses. In the climb up the ladder there are people that will take advantage and not have your interest at heart, keep a long-view and put yourself in situations that are personally advantageous while cutting your teeth.

 

(Geordie is based in New York. See more of his work, here)

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