Welcome to Episode 076 of the F-Stop Collaborate and Listen podcast with Charlotte Gibb!
Charlotte spent her childhood romping around and exploring the wilderness areas in the mountains near her northern California home. The youngest of nine children, her father was an avid mountain climber and nature lover, and he made sure his kids were instilled with his passion for the outdoors. After he died in a climbing accident when Charlotte was very young, her mother continued to promote spending time in nature, ensuring that their vacations were spent outdoors camping, hiking and exploring. Charlotte studied journalism in college for two years and worked for her city's newspaper, at which point she discovered that journalism wasn't for her. She transferred to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and studied graphic design instead. She bought a used Beseler enlarger and turned her spare bedroom into a darkroom, where she spent countless hours in the dark happily experimenting with printmaking. In the years following art school, she went to work as an art director for an ad agency, built a successful design business, got married, raised two wonderful sons, and currently uses her camera to tell stories of the natural world.
We covered some great topics this week, including:
1. Her start in a design agency and how it led her to photography.
2. Working alone vs. in a group.
3. Intimate landscapes.
4. Discovering your vision.
5. Photo contests and why you should enter them. Charlotte likes "Lens Culture."
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Over on Patreon this week, Charlotte shares her wisdom on print-making and how it can make you a better landscape photographer. We cover pricing, papers, framing, materials, printers, and lots more - 24 minutes of awesome bonus material!
To learn more about Charlotte, check out her online presence:
Here are the photographers that Charlotte recommended for the podcast:
2. Michael Frye.
3. Keith Walklet.
4. Evan Russell.
Some examples of Charlotte's photography can be seen below.
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