SmugMug Corner #97: Gareth Ash

It's Friday, which means it's time for another "SmugMug Corner" featuring another fantastic SmugMug photographer. This week we meet Gareth Glynn Ash from Kenosha, Wisconsin. We've got a dozen of his best photographs below - enjoy the photos and the interview!

Name: Gareth Glynn Ash

Tell us a little about yourself.

Greetings! My name is Gareth Glynn Ash, I'm 51 years old and I reside in Kenosha, WI. Besides being a freelance performance/publicity/event/product photographer, I also do AutoCAD drafting and design as "The Day Job"... for now, at least ;-)

What is your background/training in photography?

My love for photography actually began way back in high school when I took a class as an elective. The instructor told me that I had a great eye. Sadly, the first time I stepped into the darkroom I found I was allergic to the chemicals, so I had to drop the class. I retained a fascination for photography, though, and I was always at the library finding books on the subject, studying the masters. Every once in a while I'd whipped out the old Instamatic, but I found myself not pursuing it; if I couldn't dive in to the deep end I figured why bother?

How long has photography been a passion for you? When, where and how did it start?

It was actually very much by accident... and thank goodness for digital! See, my wife is a musician. When we got together and were living in Chicago she mostly worked church orchestras and the like, but she wanted to be in a real Rock band. When we moved to Kenosha after buying a home she answered an ad for a Celtic Rock band and got the gig. This was back in 2003. Well, next thing you know the band asked me out of the blue if I'd take photos of their first gig with the wife. Not really knowing what I was doing, much less owning a camera, of course I said yes!

I borrowed a Point-n-Shoot from work, played around with it for a few days and then shot the gig. They loved them! I thought they were pretty good myself and realized the bug had bit and I was hooked. A few thousand dollars in kit later and the rest is history!

What equipment is in your camera bag? What piece of equipment will be added to the collection next?

What are your favorite places/subjects to photograph? Why?

My first and foremost love is concert photography. I love the challenge of capturing that "Rock'n'Roll" moment, with no mics or equipment in the performers faces and not using Servo mode. I'm not one of those to fire off 1,236 shots at a gig and cherry-pick the good ones. Kinda old school in that, I guess. Sadly, a recent surgery has curtailed this type of work and might not let me return to it. We'll see how that goes. Luckily, I also love doing Macro, Landscapes, Product and Street... things like that.

Who are your biggest photographic influences? Why? What about their work influences your work?

Ansel Adams for exposure and composition. Annie Liebowitz for capturing the essence and soul. Henri Cartier-Bresson for documenting spontaneity.

How long have you been Smug with your photographs? What features do you most enjoy with your SmugMug account?

Good golly... 2007, I think. All of the features on SmugMug are wonderful but the thing I like most is the customer service; fast and courteous on those rare occasions when a problem does pop up.

If you had do sum up in 50 words or less the impact SmugMug has made on your photography/photography business, those 50 words would be...

The ease with which I can make presentations to clients has been incredible and having just one more copy in storage.

If you had to give one piece of advice to those wanting to pursue photography, what would you tell them?

Shoot... shoot... shoot. And when you think you're done, shoot some more!

Posted by Tim L. Walker on Fri, 2011–06–17 20:30
Categories: SmugMug Corner