Interview by Avery Fields/
Photos by Jon Woodman
Jon Woodman, a local photographer from Atlanta, Georgia, is Bokeh Focus’ April Photographer of the Month. Woodman’s photograph received the most votes among four other nominees. He previously won Photographer of the Week during the fourth week of April.
We interviewed Woodman to share his advice and experiences with the greater Bokeh Focus community. He highlights the benefits of getting out of the comfort zone, suggesting that photographers struggling with creativity, “Take your camera and go somewhere you have never been before.”
The photos in this story are Woodman’s original images (© Jon Woodman).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Woodman: [One] photo I submitted is of a Marta Bus Stop sign in Atlanta Georgia. I was out doing street photography one evening and was able to capture the sign with a lot of bokeh behind it.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Woodman: I am a student at Kennesaw State University and commercial photographer by trade but in my free time I enjoy doing street and nature photography.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Woodman: There is something very relaxing about street photography. Being able to walk around a city/town with no direct goals in mind allows me to focus on the creativity of photography.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Woodman: Cars are my favorite things to photograph although I rarely shoot them.
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Woodman: Something I would tell photographers who are struggling with creativity is to go on a walk. Take your camera and go somewhere you have never been before. See what you can do with your camera when you are out of your element.
We at Bokeh Focus appreciate Woodman for documenting his travels through his photos, bringing to our attention the beauty of the world near and far. Woodman’s photography offers us a taste of various cultures. Thank you for sharing your work with the greater Bokeh Focus community as well as words of advice, Jon.