Interview: Photographer Michael Graef
What’s the story of how you found your way into photography?
I found my way into photography through my involvement with parkour. I would film and shoot myself and my friends doing parkour. As we improved at jumping and flipping, so did I with a camera. Eventually it developed into it’s own passion.
How would you describe your vision/style?
My vision comes from a place of simplicity and power. My goals are twofold: evoke emotion and establish connection with nature.
Where do you draw the style and ambiance of your work?
It all comes from simplicity and nature. How can I use these things to bring out a sense of awe, emotion, and power.
What has your journey through photography been like?
It’s been an incredibly smooth journey. From years of being a videographer, the transition and learning curve with photography has been enjoyable and quick.
How has being a photographer affected the rest of your life?
It’s affected the way I travel and the relationships I have. I’ve been able to see some incredible places in the US, Canada, and has led to trips like Iceland. The people I’ve connected with in the photo, adventure and music communities because of photography has been the best thing to happen to me.
Apart from being behind the camera, what would you say makes your work YOUR’S?
My work is truly mine when I feel inspired by it. Usually that boils down to the two key ingredients for me: simplicity and power.
What does the new year hold for you?
The new year will be the craziest year yet. I have a lot of travel in the books and even more cool opportunities with even cooler people. The biggest thing to note is my YouTube channel! I’ll be vlogging and showing cinematic pieces each week for the whole year!
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