While I lived in Portland I had the opportunity to go on an urban photo shoot with Seumas, it was great to compare techniques and styles. Photography kind of brought us together and we been friends ever since. I got a chance to sit down and chat with Seumas the owner of Dragon Digital Photography about where the inspiration for his work comes from.
Can you tell us a little about Seumas?
I’ve been called a renaissance man by some due to having so many interests and passions. Honestly, I adore that definition! But truly, I’m a flute playing photographer who roams the planet in search of subjects. I seek out those that stir my heart and imagination and those that impress on my soul how wonderful this life is. Also, I seek those that remind me how lucky I am to be living in such amazing times as these. Over my fifty-one years, I have witnessed a great deal in such a small span of time, and that has been part of who Seumas is.
Where do you get your inspiration for your photography?
From music (especially classical composers like Gustav Mahler, one of my idols), from poetry and from the inner workings of my own soul and mind.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
There are so many amazing photographers out there, but the usual standouts are Ansel Adams (in high school he was my chief inspiration in the early 80's), Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Edward Curtis, Eugène Atget, André Kertész and a host of others. There have beenso many outstanding artists over the last century. They have taught me how to see the world around me, to analyze it and comprehend within my soul and not only through my eyes. As for my career, photography has never been a primary occupation for me, rather a secondary one. Perhaps now that might change someday.
What motivates you to continue taking pictures emotionally?
The earth and its amazing beauty as well as the human elements that inhabit this sphere we live on. There is NEVER a shortage of subject matter nor inspiration available, no matter where one is and no matter the time of day or night.
What is next for Seumas?
Eventually, my goal is to have my work appreciated for its beauty, its art and its ability to move the heart and stir the soul. Perhaps a gallery showing or public space to give this world a part of my own feelings and what is recognized within. Sure, a Pulitzer Prize someday would be the pinnacle of a career that would bring me immense joy, but it really is not necessary. As I journey down this path and find new vistas, there is always an opportunity to learn more.
Black and white portraits are an area I have always been weak in and I’m currently studying more there. I would also like to do more traveling, enabling the man and machine more time to digest this planet and those living on it. Finally, to get as much joy from my art as humanly possible. When I pick up my Nikon daily, it is the sheer joy that overcomes me as I know something will happen, whether unique or not, and no other photographer will replicate that image I shot. None.