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10 Questions for Michael Adendorff


Esteemed photographer Michael Adendorff joined the PrintedArt Collection. PrintedArt curator Diane Farris spoke with Michael, a mixed media artist based in Vancouver Canada working with camera and natural media to create images that explore reality and perception.

Franklin Lakes, NJ (PRWEB) October 31, 2012

PrintedArt is proud to announce that esteemed photographer and mixed media artist Michael Adendorff has joined the PrintedArt Collection. His work is available immediately as part of the collection.

"Michael brings a very pronounced way of working photography into a deeper almost expressionist media experience", says Klaus Sonnenleiter, president and CEO of PrintedArt. "We are looking forward to seeing more of his work as part of our float-on-the-wall artwork".

PrintedArt curator Diane Farris spoke with Michael Adendorff about the man behind the camera, his career and the inspiration that guides his work:

PrintedArt: When and how did you start practicing photography?

Michael Adendorff: I have always been interested in the visual arts. I spent most of my free time in my teen years painting. As a young adult priorities changed, I didn't have studio space and couldn't find time to paint. My interest in the arts didn't fade, but I became an observer rather than a creator. This started to change when I was given an old manual focus film SLR (Nikon FE2) and learned that photography was a less demanding way to satisfy my desire to create. I taught myself the basics mainly using magazines as a source of information on techniques.

PA: What type of camera do you use and why?

MA: My current tool of choice is a Fuji X Pro1. It is small, light and unobtrusive and delivers excellent image quality. I take it with me just about everywhere I go - most often with no camera bag and just one prime lens attached. This setup allows me to be more relaxed and opportunistic about shooting than when I was carrying a big and heavy DSLR and a bag full of big and heavy lenses.

PA: How would you define your style? Do you focus on particular subjects?

MA: My style revolves around the use of geometric and organic elements to emphasize composition, pattern, texture and colour. I go after a contemporary look and try to emphasize originality. The subject is largely irrelevant to me - merely serves as something to reflect light onto the sensor. To make sure that preconceptions about the subject don't dominate the viewing experience, I often de-emphasize or abstract the subject using blur, distortion or multiple exposures.

PA: What or who are your inspirations?

MA: My main inspiration comes from nature - I am intrigued by the complex organic shapes, patterns and textures present in nature. I also find a lot of inspiration in art created using traditional media. The paintings of Miro, Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley come to mind. I am drawn to originality and will always pay attention to art that has soul and an organic feel.

PA: Do you have a dream subject or location that you would love to shoot?

MA: Not really....for some twisted reason I seem to be drawn to the ordinary...give me a a few sheets of paper, the bleak rural or industrial landscape and I am happy.

PA: Where can the majority of your work be seen?

MA: I post regularly to Flickr ( I also have a tumblr blog ( which I use to show a different perspective on my studio work.

PA: How do you keep yourself motivated and your work fresh?

MA: I give my self assignments. They tend to be seasonal in nature. This summer I mainly worked on my "solar" and "water" assignments. Last winter it was "trees" and "concrete and steel". These assignments give me a sense of purpose - keep me from just firing away randomly. Seeing progression and the emergence of body or work around the assignment is what keeps me going.

PA: What is your favorite photographic accessory/tool aside from your camera?

MA: I like to travel light. For my field work the accessories that I use most regularly are filters - ND and lately IR. I hate lugging a tripod around, but will take one with me when I know that I will be doing long exposures. I have a small, generic brand, lightweight carbon one that doesn't bog me down too much. In the studio my most used accessory is a Westcott softbox that I use with an old Nikon SB 26 portable flash and Elinchrom remote triggers.

PA: What is your greatest photography moment from this past year?

MA: As a birthday present, my wife sent me on a workshop run by successful fine art photographer Michael Levin. It was a real eye opener to understand his creative process as well as to get some insight into the business side of fine art photography.

PA: Is it an accident that the titles of many of your photographs are song titles as well?

MA: No, it is not an accident. A lot of my work is abstract with little of no reference to anything real. I use the song titles or variations on song titles to give the image a reference - which hopefully makes it easier for the viewer to relate to the image.

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