for my community connections, I decided to interview my dad’s cousin, Graeme Kennedy because he is a photographer and travels the world taking so many different job opportunities photographing everything from donuts in Shanghai to weddings in Hawaii. I admire him for pursuing his dreams so much and I hope that I can one day love my job as much as he does. I learned many things from this interview but one of the main things I took from this is to say yes to more things and not to turn down opportunities no matter how scary it is. I am going to try and go out and take photos more often because the only way to get better is to practice.
- are you passionate about your job? I love being a photographer because every day is different, every project I do is unique. Some days I’m photographing abandoned villages in China, some days I’m photographing Hippos in Sierra Leone. We live in such a big and interesting world, and photography gives me access to parts of it that I would never get to see otherwise. I believe that you should always travel with a purpose, travel to learn about the people who live there, as a photojournalist I get to share those stories with others. I’m passionate about photography because I get to learn new and interesting things every day, and share them with others. I can’t think of a better job to have.
this photo was taken in shanghai in September of 2018
what obstacles have you faced to get where you are today?
Like with most creative industries, you have to learn to stand out, whether that’s having a unique style, or trying new things, I have learnt that the best way to overcome obstacles is to stay kind to everyone, And see everything as an opportunity. The more that you do, the more that you have access too. Starting as a photographer is hard, you’ll have a lot to learn and a lot of competition, but keep trying new things, keep photographing new things, and quickly you’ll learn that being creative is all about seeing obstacles as opportunities to grow and experiment.
this photo was taken in the Chinese village of Songzhaung
what advice would you pass on to someone interested in what you are doing?
My advice is to say yes. Say yes to everything. Everything is an opportunity to learn, so don’t make excuses for why you can’t travel, or go somewhere, or see something, always say yes. Some of my most incredible memories have happened when I’ve said yes to a project that I usually wouldn’t have taken, such as a free project or favour for someone. If you start to see everything as an opportunity to grow, you will quickly get to see more and more interesting things,
this photo was taken at the luxury resorts naked retreats
would you be open to further contact from Riverside students and if so how can someone contact you?
Absolutely, I’d love to chat more, message me here (Instagram graemedyk ) or my email! firstname.lastname@example.org
how did you get started and were you always interested in photography?
I started by just experimenting, I got a little camera one year for Christmas and just kept taking photos, trying new things, slowly I got better, and became more curious about it, as I started to travel it made my work more interesting, I started publishing work in places like the BBC and Times, it’s important to know that you are always growing, some things take time, as a photographer I’m always learning new things and getting better.
this photo was also taken in shanghai in September 2018
when you were 15 is this what you wanted to do?
I was about 15 is when I started, I had no idea what I wanted to do when I was older, but I tried many different things, lifeguarding, making movies, designing websites. I think all of those little skills were important for being able to do what I do now. So even though I didn’t know I’d be a photographer, by trying so many different things, it helped me become who I am today.
this photo was taken in November 2018 in china
where have you traveled to?
- 7. Yikes. Where have I traveled to… 😯 I am currently in South Africa, in a few days I’ll fly to Mozambique to visit a small tribe there, then China, then Vietnam at the end of the month… I have been to about 50 countries in my travels, each has different charms, however stories are everywhere, you don’t need to travel the world to take great photos or find amazing stories. If you want to be a great photographer, all you need to do is try to see the world around you differently, And capture it in a way that tells a story. Stay curious!
here is a link to his Instagram page where you can see all of the amazing work he does! you can also contact him via Instagram as well as email;
if you would like to see more of his work be sure to check out his blog!