Shawn Duffield’s name has come up quite a bit lately on this site. We’ve posted videos he’s filmed, random photos shot by him, and he even submitted a great shot for our Fall Photo contest. It was only after more closely examining his work and browsing his Flickr account that I wanted to ask him a few questions and give him a chance to showcase more of his photos. He’s a hard working young talent from the west coast with a refreshing view of BMX and it comes through in his photos and videos. Click below for some more images from Shawn, a quick interview about his photography, and expect to see his name come up more and more with great work like this.
How old are you, and how long have you been shooting for?
I am 22 years old, and I’ve been shooting for about 5 years I think.
You clearly primarily shoot digital. Is film vs. digital a debate for you, or where do you stand on the rather touchy subject?
No, they’re definitely not a debate for me, I’ve started to bring a film camera with me wherever I go now. But I love film. I only recently started shooting with it within the past year, but it’s starting to take over a little bit. I find myself wanting to shoot it more than digital a lot of the time. I feel like shooting film has helped with shooting digital as well.
What is your typical camera kit that you carry with you?
Uhh, it depends on where or what I’m going to shoot. If I’m going to shoot riding, I’ve got my body, fisheye, wide angle and 50mm with a couple of flashes and a mic just in case we decide to film something as well. And whenever I’m going on a hike I like to pack a little lighter and leave the mic and flashes at home.
How much do you spend in post processing for an image, on average?
Not that long at all. I try to shoot everything as is, like every other guy with a camera ever, but sometimes there ends up being some things that have to be tweaked a little here and there.
Your work has a great mix of beautiful west coast scenic landscapes, and shots of riders blasting transitions locked in to a clicked table, or turndown, etc. Both incredibly timeless and classic. Do you find any parallels between shooting landscapes and BMX, or do you treat them entirely separate?
Well first of all thank you. But I definitely feel that there are a number of parallels between every style of photography. There are certain aspects that make a photo more visually appealing such as composition, depth of field, and the rule of thirds, but otherwise I look at the subject and lighting completely different. Skatepark angles are a lot different than landscapes, you know?
Dream rider or location to shoot?
Dream riders to shoot would have to be Chris Doyle or Chase Hawk or any of those big style guys out there. I would choose to shoot a huge table or turndown over something big then techy rail tricks any day. I don’t really have a dream location though, anywhere that’s not the usual I’m pretty stoked on.
Any last words or things you want to mention?
Just thanks to all the riders I’ve encountered over the years, and my friends for putting up with me pointing my camera in their face constantly.