Featured #8: William Denson

August 01, 2014

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What did you want to become in the childhood? Growing up, I was interested in taking photographs, but not necessarily wanting to become a photographer. I was actually a music performance student. After a car accident made that impossible for me, I started looking for another creative outlet, and photography took hold. I’ve been shooting since. 

The greatest power of photography? I love being able to make people feel things. Human beings love to have feelings. I want my family and portrait clients to look at their images and say “That’s ME! You captured who I am!” I want my fine art male nude clients to feel beautiful and liberated and freed from the shrouds of self doubt and have a newfound confidence in their personal beauty.
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If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Never stop shooting. Never stop building your vision. Never think “that’s a silly idea, why would I do that?” Just shoot it. Learn from it. Love it. 

What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? I run two seperate photography brands. One is family/portrait oriented, the other is fine art male nudes. They both speak my artistic language, but are obviously very different genres. 

I think my greatest accomplishment in realizing my artistic voice was achieved when I switched from digital photography to film. I spent so many hours trying to make software achieve the look I wanted when all I really had to do was go back to what I grew up with. It was great!
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What’s in your camera bag? I have my Lumu with me at all times. Literally, it’s in my every-day bag, not just my camera bag. Sometimes I see interesting light and meter it, just to see if the image I have in my head would work the way I think it would. 

In terms of film, I usually have a roll of Kodak TMax 400 and/or Kodak Portra 400 in my camera or with me. In terms of cameras, my go-to is a Leica M4-2 with a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1. I also have a Hasselblad XPan, and a Hasselblad 503CX. I love shooting all three for different reasons and make different statements with each. 
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Links to your work, or any other link you would like to share with other people!
My family/portrait work: http://williamdensonphotography.com
My fine art male boudoir: http://meninmonochrome.com 
The amazing film developing and scanning gurus: http://richardphotolab.com 
Check out more photos of William on Lumu flickr channel!





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