Featured interview with a to the wesome Brooklyn-based photographer Geordie Wood.
Name: Geordie Wood
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Style of photography: Portraiture and Documentary
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?
My name is Geordie Wood. I’m a 27 year old freelancer based in Brooklyn, I’ve lived here for about 5 years but travel takes me out of the city quite a bit. Most of my work these days is for magazines but I get my kicks from personal projects and the like. When not shooting I’m listening to new hip-hop or old jazz, roaming around Downeast Maine or scheming to get some chickens for my backyard.
How did you end up doing photography?
I got the bug in high-school and never turned back. I ended up going to a pretty reputable photojournalism school but eventually got totally disenfranchised by the whole “newspaper” photo gig. Halfway through school I threw out my entire portfolio and started just shooting medium format film. Eventually I got some work in front of the creative director at The FADER and he gave me my first assignment worth a damn. That opened up a lot of doors for me and I’ve had a killer relationship with them ever since. The people at that magazine deserve much respek.
Where/How do you find inspiration?
I look at contemporary/young photographers in the states and Europe. I’ve also been able to find a home among a group of young photographers as well, we pass around work and help each other out which keeps the creative juices flowing (shout out to Adam Golfer, Jake Stangel, Daniel Shea and Thomas Prior). Also I’m blessed to photograph a lot of creative folks like musicians, authors, designers, etc so I get a lot of inspiration from the subjects themselves.
What’s the best advice you have for aspiring photographers?
Aspiring photographers need a combination of understanding the work being made around them and staying true to themselves. Years ago an editor told me before an assignment to “maintain my voice” – that always stuck with me. Especially now that everyone is a photographer, you have to have your own unique perspective and vision to stand out in the primordial sludge of photography. Also, if you don’t have good work none of the photo-business advice even matters. On top of that it just takes work, a lot of it, a majority of my time is not spent shooting and that’s what makes it happen.