Interview by Salinah On Yeugo/
Photos by Kevin Barrett
Kevin Barrett, 21, from Powder Springs, Georgia, is our October Photographer of the Month winner. He competed against three other photographers for this title, and his photo received the most votes. Barrett previously won the Photographer of the Week during the fourth week of October. We love his drive and passion for photography.
We interviewed Barrett to get to know him better as a photographer and to share his experiences and advice for all photographers to see.
The photos in this story are Barrett‘s original images (© Kevin Barrett).
What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?
Barrett: These shots are from the last event I attended, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Due to COVID-19, another event I was supposed to attend in May was postponed until 2021. This was Luftgekühlt, a celebration of air-cooled Porsches. At the Petit Le Mans this year, they hosted a mini version of the event with a selection of Porsche Cup Cars. Since I was familiar with the track, I knew come sunset that the lighting there would be perfect for the shots I wanted.
Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?
Barrett: My goal with a lot of my photography is to shoot the automotive world in a way that is engaging to those who aren’t into cars or just have a passing interest. So I am always thinking about engaging compositions and ways to highlight the emotion and feelings these cars represent.
What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?
Barrett: Beyond meeting a wide array of interesting people and seeing all sorts of interesting cars, shooting has bettered my patience when it comes to producing a photoset. I try not to focus too much on what the final product is but ensuring I get quality images. In the end, it all seems to work out for the better.
Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.
Barrett: There isn’t really much about me that most people don’t know. I am always open with my interests in cars, movies, music, etc. On the other end, I love learning about what others are passionate about too, especially when I can photograph them in their element.
What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?
Barrett: Work on shooting something you love. Show yourself and others the intricacies of your own interests. Being able to show others what makes your subject matter interesting and special will really help put your creativity to the test.
We at Bokeh Focus find this selection of Barrett‘s race car photography an interesting subject choice! We’re very happy to be able to feature his work. Kevin, congratulations again on your winning race car photos. We hope to see more of your photography in the future!