166: Ian Weldon – The Experimental Interview

Ian Weldon of www.ianweldon.com is todays guest and a familiar name to long time listeners – he was interviewed for Episode 111 of PhotoBizX where he shocked, inspired and provoked listeners and me.

Todays “experimental” interview was a chance to get into Ian's head and learn about his approach and techniques as opposed to purely focussing on business. In fact, the brief was to stay right away from business but the more you get to know Ian, you'll understand, the business of photography is not the driver behind his photography and it all just… happens.

His photography has been labelled as innovative, creative, unique and total SHIT. You draw your own conclusions about his work but rest assured, your views will not change him or his approach.

Below, you'll see examples of Ian's work and quotes taken from this very interview. There were many more I had saved, too many to list. My hope is you find some of your own in what I hope is an interview that will affect your photography and business in ways that pricing and marketing and sales can't touch.

Here’s some of what we cover:

  • Why you shouldn't be bothered by what other people think about your photography work
  • Verify the source of criticism and their work before reacting to negative feedback
  • What is a successful photographer?
  • How Ian measures success
  • Coping with negative feedback
  • How Ian developed his photography style
  • Why you should do what you want to do with your photography
  • Do you really have any responsibility to your clients as a creative photographer?
  • The importance of managing your client expectations from the start
  • The reason Ian has turned down more weddings this year
  • How to chose which photos to share on your social media channels
  • Responding to people questioning your technique
  • Trends and fads with photography
  • What is the real foundation of a photography business?
  • Has wedding photography become boring?
  • What Ian would teach to get better at photography
  • Why you need to learn about the history of photography
  • How learning the history of photography will affect your style
  • Quit following current photographers on social media and study the works of old photographers
  • Why you need to lose that need to be popular quickly
  • Why you should never expect too much from your photography
  • How to guarantee your success as a photographer
  • Why you should never edit a wedding right after the shoot
  • Base your photography judgements on the photography, not your relationship with the subject
  • Judging someone else's photography
  • Photography awards – good, bad or indifferent for the aspiring photographer?
  • Should your stick to your photography style or shoot what the clients want?
  • Shooting with only one body and one lens
  • Flash technique
  • Ian's workflow when post processing his images
  • Thoughts about leaving a legacy of your best works
  • Ian's photography inspiration
  • Going after the ‘snap shot' aesthetic
  • Why people can't talk effectively about photography today
  • Photography today seems to be all kinds of style but no substance
  • The difference between following the works of past and present photographers
  • Whose work should you follow to get inspiration and become better at photography?

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What is your big takeaway?

Following this interview, I’d love to know what your biggest takeaway is – what is the one thing that you’d like to implement or learnt from what was shared? Let me know by leaving your thoughts in the comments below.

I'm not shooting for people who criticize my work. I'm shooting for people who like what I do – Ian Weldon

If you have any questions that I missed, a specific question you’d like to ask Ian or if you just want to say thanks for coming on the show, feel free to add them below.

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We only get one life, man. We only get one lap – Ian Weldon

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I'm just not going to bend what I do to fit another person's mindset or another person's idea of what wedding photography should be – Ian Weldon

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To become a photographer, first you really have to become a photographer – Ian Weldon

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I'm photographing for me as a photographer and I'm making images solely for me – Ian Weldon

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Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

Ian Weldon Website

Ian Weldon on Facebook

Ian Weldon Photography on Facebook

Ian Weldon on Instagram

Ian Weldon on Twitter

The 100 Best Wedding Photographers in the World: 2015

Episode 111: Ian Weldon – Taking a Stand With Your Photography Business

Martin Parr

Garry Winogrand

Bruce Gilden

Ezra Stoller

Julius Shulman

Mark Cohen

Joel Meyerowitz

Ed Templeton

Vivian Maier

Walker Evans

Susan Sontag

Daguerreotype

Calotype

Mark Cohen: Dark Knees (book)

Episode 012: Jerry Ghionis – Cooking Up Wedding Photography Success, Don’t Get Caught in the Fire

Episode 077: Yervant – It’s Time to Get Serious About Your Photography Business

Episode 025: Jonas Peterson – Ignore Wedding Photography for Wedding Photography Success

Episode 100: Jonas Peterson – How to Use Storytelling Through Your Photography

Episode 087: Sue Bryce – How to Make Real Money From Your Photography Business Right Now

Episode 141: João de Medeiros – Challenge The Way You Think and Work as a Photographer

Links to people, places and things mentioned in this episode:

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Body Professional Mirrorless Camera (Black)

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 16MP Digital Camera with APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor (Body Only)

Fujinon XF 23mm F1.4 R

Fujinon XF 18mm F2 R

Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R

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Thank you!

Thanks again for listening to the show and thanks to Ian for coming on and experimenting with a new and different format for a potentially new show. His outlook, photography and way of thinking always pushes me to be a better photographer and for that, I'm thankful.

Try to find your own way – Ian Weldon

If you have any suggestions, comments or questions about this episode, please be sure to leave them below in the comment section of this post, and if you liked the episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post!

That’s it for me this week, hope everything is going well for you in life and photography!

Thanks and speak soon

Andrew

By | 2016-10-24T01:42:25+00:00 April 26th, 2016|Podcast|62 Comments
  • Hey Andrew
    I really enjoyed the interview with Ian Weldon as it was an opportunity to get to know him a little better. In my opinion, mixing this style of interview with the more traditional ‘business styled interview’ adds another dimension to the podcast.

    While I enjoy learning about the business side of photography, these ‘get inside the head of the interviewee’ adds a lighthearted aspect to the podcast, and I for one, look forward to more of these in the future.

    regards
    Russell Hyde

    • Thanks so much Russell for your feedback and taking the time to add them here.

      It sounding like your opinion is shared amongst other listeners and I’ll have to start working on more of these.

      Stay tuned..

    • Cheers, Russell!
      I hope that getting to know me a little better hasn’t put you off 🙂

  • Now that was just great, loved the new experimental format. I love Ians work (yours isn’t too shabby either Andrew ;)). Its great to hear the frankness of thoughts, we have too many filters everywhere trying to please the masses and be as vanilla as possible.
    I just hope that more of the amazing photographers we have around us will be willing to be as open as Ian is.

    My wife was also shocked with Ians accent, I think she was expecting something a bit more southern !
    Paul

    • Haha, thanks Paul for both compliments!

      I’ll take “I just hope that more of the amazing photographers we have around us will be willing to be as open as Ian is” as a challenge and get to work on some more of these for future episodes.

      I’ll leave the accent comment for Ian to tackle… Not sure if there’s an underlying joke or stab in the side with that one?

    • Thanks, Paul.

      Ha ha. Do you mean bit more Southern, or a bit more posh? 😉

      Glad you liked the interview, man. And yes, It’d be great to have more of these interviews with photographers telling us why they do what they do, that approach has been of great benefit to me.

      Be well.

  • Yes Andrew! I’ve always enjoyed the podcast the most when it leaves the business aside for a moment or two and delves into the mindset, philosophy, creativity & approach of the photographers. That was a great listen. More of this please!

    • Noted, thanks Paul!

      More on the way when I wrap my head around how to make it happen.

    • Cheers, Paul.

      There is always a million things running through my head in these situations and it’s difficult to explain things succinctly when the clock is ticking. I’m just happy that some of what comes out is coherent 🙂

  • chris morse

    Really like Ian’s work and philosophy, and really liked this style of interview. I’d definitely like to hear more like this, but I don’t think it should replace the current format… As a bonus feature I think it’s spot on. Personally, I’d keep them just for the premium members, but that’s your call 😉

    • Hey Chris – thanks for taking the time to leave your thoughts. They’re appreciated.

      No, definitely no chance of leaving the original business format and content for the “new” style.
      These will only be an addition to the regular interviews.

      I would truly LOVE to keep these purely for the premium members if I thought there was a way to achieve this and attract the guests. Some more thought required and happy to hear suggestions if you have them?

    • Thanks, Chris 🙂

      Glad you like my work, and philosophy. I can take solace in the fact that I’m not mad, then….

  • “…and I can’t think of anyone better to experiment with.” Hmm…well that podcast ended up being a lot less risque than we expected. But it was great! Ian’s work is not for everyone; however, it’s definitely entertaining to look at. LOVE his F-U attitude about things, brain farts on bridal party titles, and the potty mouth, of course. Kickass interview, Andrew!

    • Haha… Some parts of the interview were just too risqué to leave in… sorry Natalie 🙂

      Love that you enjoyed the interview and Ian’s attitude!

      Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on next weeks episode – it’s a fun one 😉

    • Hi Natalie, and thanks.

      Yeah, my F-U attitude is born from the realisation that I’m not in this to please everyone, and really, we should all be a bit more honest about our intentions. What’s the worst that can happen? We lose a couple of followers, maybe…….

      Be well 🙂

  • Andrew, this was sooooo good!

    I love this format, and really don’t feel like it’s too much of a stretch from the usual conversations. This just feels like diving straight into the good stuff and staying there for an hour. It’s so valuable to get a real ‘macro’ look inside a photographer’s thought process and WHY they do what they do, instead of just HOW they do it.

    This interview in particular was like an inspiration bomb going off in my headphones.

    I love Ian’s work, but I love his approach more. A lot of what he said is not dissimilar to what I’ve learned from many guests on the podcast, but distilled into one passionate belief – As always, work out how your own specific style. What makes your work unique, and why you shoot the way you do. Once you feel like you are shooting what you want to, it’s a lot easier to ignore criticism and stop comparing yourself to other photographers.

    Shooting what you love and letting your work stand out have always been the best pieces of advice I’ve heard on the podcast, and it was so great to hear you and Ian go back and forth digging into how exactly this works for him. I loved every second.

    I was just finishing editing a newborn shoot as I listened to this, and by the end of the hour I had gone back and reselected 5 pictures that I had originally cast aside for being a bit ‘too candid’, even though that’s the style I shoot. I was so inspired by what Ian was saying that it made me realise If I loved the picture, it should be in the final selection. So now they are. Phew…

    Cheers chaps!

    • Hey Damian – thanks mate!

      Best quote about the podcast eva… “like an inspiration bomb going off in my headphones.” LOVE IT.

      How cool to read you went back and adjusted your selection of photos – the podcast in action… Real time!
      I’m with you, if you’re the photographer and you love the photo, it stays in!

      Looking forward to seeing more of your work as you make the changes and show more of what you love.

      • Hi Damian, and thank you.
        Glad that some of what I said rang true for you and inspired you to add photographs, that you prefer, to your final selection. It really is what makes us stand out from other photographers. Especially when most are just trying to conform to format for fear of being criticised.
        There are no rules, man, and it’s your selection that makes you, you.

        Fight the power!

  • Andrew,
    Keep this short and sweet; you nailed it. I want more
    🙂

    Patrick

    • I feel like your describing my part in the scene of a dirty movie 😉

      Thanks Patrick! Noted and understood.

    • Patrick,
      Shorter and sweeter…. Thank you 🙂

  • Joe Faherty

    You knocked this one out of the park Andrew love how you get your interview to sound like old friends talking! Great job I want more like this one!!!

    • Cheers Joe – appreciate your comments and flattered by your compliment – thank you.
      In the planning stages for more of these now. 🙂

    • Thank you, Joe.

      Glad you liked the interview mate. Yes, Andrew has a knack of being able to interview guests as if they were just chatting as friends. It must be his warm and kind heart 😉

  • YES YES YES YES, I love this new format! As helpful as the business elements are I always find more value in learning the philosophies of photographers….And I always enjoy a geeky chat about equipment. Please keep this up Andrew it’s bloody awesome. You have to get Andy Gaines on the show dude, his philosophy to wedding photography is game changing.

    • Thats so much Andrew – really appreciate your feedback and comments. Haha, who doesn’t love a bit of geekiness. 🙂

      I do have Andy on my list of photographers to contact – thanks for the reminder!

    • Cheers, Andrew.

      Yes, studying the philosophies of photographers has helped me so much more than studying their photographs, although it is their photographs that spark that initial interest.

  • James Osborne

    Hi Andrew, I think you’e on the money with this. It’s a terrific compliment to your established format. You have a great interview style; get in, provoke and leave the guest to go where they want. Less experienced interviewers get in the way.
    And good on you for featuring a photographer with a unique style and voice in an industry which can, at times, feel ‘same-same’, Ian’s comments about not being affected by criticism, being confident in your vision really hit home. If we let criticism affect what we do, all art would be the equivalent of the worst pop music, a product aimed at a market which has been de-risked to guarantee an outcome. A very powerful message.

    Great work, as usual. You’re really setting the podcast bar high.

    • James, you’re too kind… Thanks for the lovely words and thoughtful comments – much appreciated.

      The toughest part moving forward with this style will be finding guests as provocative as Ian with a similar no B.S approach to… everything.

      Love what you say here, “If we let criticism affect what we do, all art would be the equivalent of the worst pop music, a product aimed at a market which has been de-risked to guarantee an outcome.” – This is spot on!

      Thanks again James.

    • Hi James, thank you.

      All I can say is, absolutely. Pre packaged for popular consumption isn’t going to turn any heads 🙂

  • Andrew, Well done! Not just the format, but keeping up with the links so we can look into people and items mentioned. Please, do keep doing these and really press more into the “headspace” the photographer is in as they approach the shoot.

    I would have liked to hear a bit more and seen examples of the hotel shoot Ian did since we are not going to see that on his site. Just as I asked João about his earlier work, seeing how a artist’s style translates from one genre to another of their work, as well as how it has evolved over time as they grow by posting a related gallery and talking about that work.

    • Hey Rollin… Thanks and yes, the plan is to continue with this format once I get sorted and make some time for them.

      I’ll need to hit you up for some more interested guest suggestions – you’ve never failed me yet!

      Let’s see if Ian can add a link or give us some access to his hotel shoot images – they may be available somewhere.

    • Rollin, thank you my friend.

      I’ll dig out some of my commercial work, as well as some early portrait and wedding images. I’ll post them in the PhotobizX Facebook group.
      Oh……. the shame 😉

  • Hi Andrew
    Like all the other comments I have read, this style of interview makes a great mix with the business interviews.
    If you pick guests with “personality ” I’m sure it’s a winner!

    • Thanks Brian – yep, I think that will be the biggest challenge for this style of interview. I’m currently on the lookout.

      See you Saturday at racing!

  • Hi Andrew,

    I love this style of interview and I do hope you continue it as a compliment to your regular business focused ones. I really think you have a talent for interviewing, you are authentic, honest and open and always ask the questions I have myself. I was recently asked to shoot a friends birthday/surprise wedding as a favour ” could you just pop your canera in your bag?” (ha ha, yeah right) but I took the opportunity to go free with it. I loved the results but when I showed the couple I could see they were a bit shocked by the rawness of the shots which weren’t particularly flattering. I felt they showed truth and beauty and love and joy but all the bride saw was the shape of her arms and her facial expressions/wrinkles. I really get how she feels and I think it takes a brave person to open themselves to seeing and appreciating themselves as they are. Ians work is beautiful and honest to me, but it takes a particular kind of client to appreciate it. I would love to know if that client exists in Australia ( enough for me to make a living anyway!).

    • Hey Anna

      I definitely plan to continue this style of interview following the lovely response from you and other listeners.

      And thank you for your beautiful compliments, they don’t come any better than that!

      Loved reading about your experience and that you had the guts to shoot how and what you wanted – even if it shocked your “clients.”

      Tough question about having enough clients in Australia to appreciate and pay you for your style. The thing is, how will you feel if you don’t follow your heart and truly shoot how you want to? Will it be worth shooting like everyone else just to make money and secure bookings? Obviously, only you can answer these questions.

      My feeling is if you have a look and style you feel comes from inside you. A style you want to be shooting. Do that, show that and market that… Even if you need to show it on a seperate website right now because you need bookings to survive.

      Think about how you’ll feel in 20 years time if you don’t at least try shooting the way you want to. I know it’s a cliche but I’m sure it’s a cliche for good reason… Better to fail trying something you love than never trying at all… Or something to that effect. 🙂

  • Hi Ian
    Quite the contrary….it’s nice to be able to find out more about the ‘faces’ we see and comments we read from members in the PhotobizX Premium Facebook group.

    regards
    Russell…

    • Thank you, Russell.

      Yep, it’s always nice to see how the sausage is made. So to speak 😉

  • Jeff Clough

    I’ve just heard this episode and looked over Ian’s web site. HIS PHOTOS ARE AMAZING! I don’t shoot weddings, but I generally take my GH4 and shoot the parts of family and friends’ weddings that the “real” photographers miss. These are my favorite shots. I absolutely love the way Ian sees the wedding experience. So many photographers only document the pristine public performance of the wedding, but Ian shoots the real mess and joy and anxiety and comedy of what is a very human experience. WELL DONE!

    • Hey, thanks Jeff.

      Glad you liked the interview, and my photography.
      I love the reality of a wedding, I’ve never really been interested in the standard, posed, wedding template photography.

      It’s about showing the day as I find it, honestly and without the need to be spectacular or trendy.

      Be well 🙂

  • Andrew, please continue with this type of interview format. Please, pretty please. I find it far more direct, frank and entertaining.

    As for Ian – dude you rock ! I loved your honesty and directness and how you maintain your style regardless. I can hear myself in your answers and since I’ve been labeled a “bad ass”, I declare you – A Bad Ass !

    Andrew, Ian, Please keep it up.

    • Ha ha,

      Bad Ass! I’ll take that. Thank you very much, Noel 🙂

    • Will do Noel!

      Already looking to and planning with future guests to record more in this style – even have a new jingle on the way so you know I’m serious. 😉

  • Talina

    Brilliant interview Andrew and Ian! Andrew I enjoyed this new interview style format keep it up! Ian I appreciate your honesty and frankness its really refreshing to hear. I’m looking forward to more episodes like this 🙂

    • Thank you very much, Talina.

      Without honesty and frankness where would we be?
      I’m not sure, but I probably wouldn’t be happy 🙂

      Be well 🙂

    • Thanks Talina – more on the way!

      This week in fact 🙂

  • Great interview!
    I’ve been getting to know Ian’s work a little bit recently and I love it! It was a chance look at Kevin Mullins work which first sparked a change of thought about wedding photography for me. Previously I just couldn’t stand it for exactly the same reasons which make Ian say he’s no wedding photographer! I just couldn’t bring myself to be the kind of photographer that the media was telling me I should aspire to be, it made me queasy to contemplate it!
    I’m so glad that there are proper photographers out there who are brave enough to stand by their own convictions. I’ve been feeling the pressure to be someone I’m not for a long time now (with obviously zero success) I’m not ashamed to say i’ve been a coward but now I realise that life’s all about failure and that’s a positive thing!
    Here’s to all the strong characters of photography (past and present!)
    Thank you Andrew for photobiz which is the only podcast I ever listen to and Thanks to Ian for making photography personal again!

    • Hey Alex – loved reading your comments… Sounds like this one came at a good time and a change in your approach is on the horizon.

      Please let me know how it all goes, I’m genuinely interested to hear how you make the changes, how they’re received and the results. A future interview in the making I feel.

      Not sure if you’ve heard them but a couple other episodes you might find helpful are with Nikki McArthur from Epic Danger Photography, the first Kristen Kalp interview, the Blissful Maven (Candice Zugich) and We are the Parsons. All different in their own way and all should help solidify your plans to change and start shooting the way you want to.

      Stay in touch!

    • Thanks, Alex.

      It’s always nice to hear that my approach and philosophy ring true for others too. It makes me feel normal 🙂

      Be well my friend.

  • I really like a lot of Ian’s work, but I disagreed with so much of what he said.

    I think it’s a profound mistake to believe that because you’ve studied the history of photography your work is any more valid than that of a teenager who’s just picked up his first camera. It’s probably going to be technically better, it’ll follow the rules of composition etc., but that doesn’t make it any more valid. I’ve been shooting for nearly 40 years (there’s a frightening thought) but that doesn’t make what I do more important than that of a student at his first day at college.

    Any spoke a lot about studying the work of early photographers, but then suggested that today’s photographers shouldn’t look at Instagram or Twitter. The work on Instagram and Twitter today is the history of tomorrow. Who’s to say that one of the photographers you follow isn’t going to the be the Irving Penn or Bill Brant of tomorrow.

    Ian also spoke about photographers using Daguerreotype and Chrysotype (I think), that’s just the medium of the day. For most of those photographers it was the process that was available at the time. It’s the equivalent of the film vs digital argument today – they’re different, you may prefer one to the other but they’re no more valid.

    Having said all that I still like the work!

    • Hi Nigel, thanks for your input man.

      You know, healthy debate is a good thing, not that the photography community is ever agreeable on that sort of thing. There is a general consensus that because we are all photographers we should all agree on everything, all of the time. It’s simply not the case. I think that a lot of the issues I talk about – boring photography, copy cats, a lack of individualism, etc…. are born from this idea that we should all be supporting each other, no matter what. It’s as nonsensical as, ‘blood is thicker than water’.

      When I talk of studying the history of photography, it has nothing to do with composition, or technical ability. People get so hung on the fact that photography is a visual endeavour that they can dismiss, easily so, the ideology that surrounds the craft. The same as any art form, the medium/technique is somewhat inconsequential. Photography in itself isn’t art, the artist makes it so.
      I come to the act of photography through ideas, ideas of what, and why photography is. Not a technical or aesthetic endeavour. We will all become proficient given time, and technical proficiency and composition can be learned by anyone. A philosophy is developed through understanding, not just photography, but also ourselves. So when I talk about studying early photographers I’m not talking about their pictures, I’m talking about their philosophy, and what they did to craft this relatively new medium. My reference to the Daguerreotype was more a reference to the practitioners, Sowthworth & Hawes and their idea of what they were doing.
      In the 1880’s this statement by Albert Sands Southworth, ”quality is, allowing the inner man to be pictured through careful study of the inner man’s outer features” is the epitome of portrait, and I believe documentary, photography. It’s this kind of sentiment that drives me, the ideas behind photography, and photography itself as a carrier of all of it’s meanings.

      I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and certainly don’t expect everyone to be a meticulous historian. But please, have an interest in your craft if you call yourself a photographer. The idea of being a photographer, for most, is far more important than actually being a photographer.

      You are right, photography today is the future history of photography. But likewise, the future history of music is the Justin Bieber of today. Where do we want be? I’m not a proponent of pop. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t look at Instagram or Facebook, what I’m saying is, to stand out, we must transcend the commonplace garbage that’s forced in front of out eyes every minute of every day, and make up our own minds. To be a product of photography rather than a product of a diluted, and shallow aesthetic based culture. We shouldn’t use it as inspiration as it’s so middle of the road that you will have a pretty poor view of quality, and will possibly just become a poor imitation of very mediocre photography. Ideas are paramount, a want to be popular is a product of mediocrity and give a false sense of security to people who don’t have the motivation to be better.
      We need to promote the idea that photography, just like any other art form, requires dedication and time. Not all of us were destined to be artists, like not everyone who buys a guitar will become a musician. Unfortunately for photography, there is a make it look good setting. You don’t get that on a paint brush, and people can easily be fooled into thinking that they’re good. It’s bull shit. A well composed and sharp image isn’t necessarily good, and a blurred image with seemingly no composition isn’t necessarily bad.

      A much longer and more detailed conversation about what makes a good photograph could be added here.

      And when it comes down to it, do it think it’s more valid? No I don’t. In the same way I see the validity in, McDonalds or anything on TV or formulaic pop music. There’s a market for it all. But, depth and artistry and thought provoking material that is created through ideology, understanding and commitment (rather than formulaic for effect) rings truer for me, and how could I promote anything else.
      Study, and practice have been paramount in my learning as a photographer, and understanding (at least some of) the history of your craft will better help you to contextualise the now, and the future of your own work.

      I see a lot of copy cat photography, and as art, it holds no weight. Individuality, purpose, intent born from understanding is much deeper. Fuck middle of the road. I like passion, and art, and that can really only be created from a deeper understanding of what we do and why we do it. The more questions we ask the more we understand, and the more we are questioned the the more questions we ask.
      When I look at a lot of photography there isn’t anything that really separates one photographer from another, it’s style all based. My photography looks the way that it does not because of a trend of a fad, it’s looks the way it does through the implementation of my ideology, and the form, as they say, must follow the function.
      If that’s a profound mistake, I’m happy to be wrong 🙂

      Be well.

  • Ian & Andrew,

    Really enjoyed the interview format (sorry for the delayed response, just catching back up with my listening!)

    It’s a really great extension of the usual format – would be pumped to hear more of these interwound with the businessy podcasts.

    Cheers folks,

    Mike

    • Thanks Miike – the plan is to continue with the experimental format and see where it goes.

      Hope you enjoy the latest one with Roberto Valenzuela – almost a complete contrast to Ian.

  • I just listened to it Andrew – really pumped and loads of take away!

    Even a take away from you & the ‘car’ recordings – the experimental interviews are great to mix it up as sometimes listening to business, business & more sometimes blurs – but the break with your new interview are great. Keep up the excellent work buddy.

    • Thanks, Mike!

      Glad you enjoyed the interview mate. Andrew is definitely onto a winner here 🙂

      Be well

    • Awesome! Thanks Mike – always love to hear there are takeaways.

      Dd you download the book? Definitely worth listen, especially of you want a break from business.

      Always great knowing you’re there and listening.

  • Thanks for introducing me to Ian Weldon. Now I get to know and love his work. So refreshing after being bombarded with “styled shoots” and that type of wedding photography. I listened to the interview before seeing any of his work, and now that I’ve looked, it all makes sense. I can see that he has studied the history of photography and that his idols are not wedding photographers. Ian is also very humble, which I like. Actually with all the time (too much time?….) given in the interview to his detractors on social media, I was half expecting to see some really questionable or bad work, but then when I had the pleasure of looking at his work later, I saw that these people are just idiots 🙂 p.s. the WTF/info page on Ian’s site is so great.

    • My pleasure Amanda – I usually ask listeners to check out a guests work before an interview so it makes more sense but reading your comments, it might be a nicer surprise to let listeners find out for themselves afterwards.

      I did spend a lot of time asking about Ian’s detractors for what I felt was good reason. My feeling is not many listeners (me included) would cope real well shooting what I want and how I want to and loving it only to find I’m getting slammed on by other photographers on social media.

      I’m not sure if I’d change what I was doing, stop showing it or just feel like crap but I think I’d have a hard time either ignoring or blocking it.

      If Ian’s approach can help only one listener shoot what and how they want, no matter the criticism they face, this interview and that line of questing will be worth every minute.

      I do get your point though, I did spend a lot of time here. I was hoping to make Ian cry to help the podcast ratings. I’m kidding that was a joke. 🙂

  • Wow, thanks Amanda.

    Really nice of you to say so 🙂 Glad that you like my work (and that you were pleasantly surprised by it) and the interview. I can ramble on a bit, though. I’m just glad that some of what I say is coherent.

    Ian

  • I really like the idea of this new format! It will be a great counterbalance to the business interviews – in which Andrew is no less than the best business interviewer EVER!!!! Don’t take my “criticism” too seriously Andrew- you’re right if I had people hating on me on social media I’d probably cry but sounds like Ian barely takes notice! Good for him! That will inspire people to shoot how they want to and post what they love and not worry about naysayers. Ian’s kind of inspiring me to go back and keep looking at the type of work that got me into photography in the first place…which was not wedding photography. p.s. just watched that Finding Vivian Maier documentary- love her work -just discovered midcentury street photographer- go watch if you haven’t already!

    • All good Amanda… you’ve redeemed yourself with “the best business interviewer EVER!!!!” and are officially my favourite listener. 🙂

      No doubt about Ian’s thick skin. Not sure if you follow Ian on FB but he recently put up some of his earlier images – actually, I think they were posted in the PBX Group – have a look if you haven’t seen them. They are a perfect demonstration of how much we can change and develop if we want to and work at it. Seeing them leaves no doubt he’s travelling in a certain direction.

      I did see Finding Vivian Meyer – loved it!

      Haven’t seen or heard of midcentury street photographer – off to check it out now. Thanks!