Zachary Rigg: January Photographer of the Month

Interview by Avery Fields/
Photos by Zachary Rigg

Zachary Rigg, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a car enthusiast whose photography clearly shows his passion. Rigg’s photograph received the most votes among the other submissions for January.

We interviewed Rigg to share his advice and experiences with the Bokeh Focus community. He reminds creatives to “Do everything in your power to execute the ideas floating around in your head even if they seem daunting.” The photos in this story are Rigg’s original images (© Zachary Rigg).

What is the story behind the photos you’ve submitted?

Zachary Rigg: Capture of a green a red car with black decals surrounded by motion blur on a race track
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
January 2023
Photo: Zachary Rigg

Rigg: Cars have been the biggest interest in my life since I was old enough to walk. Anything with wheels I was drawn to. I went through my phases of what cars were my favorite. My oldest brother had a mustang when I was 6, so I loved those cars for a long time. At the end of my teenage years, I went to work for a Porsche dealership and fell in love with the cars and the brand. Fast forward some time to living in Atlanta and now I work at Porsche’s North American HQ living my dream.

Do you have a specific theme or topic that is the focus of your photography?

Rigg: Automotive photography is my favorite. I also like to get out of my comfort zone with photography but there is so much you can do with car photography.

What have you gained/experienced while working with this topic?

Rigg: Learning angles, the best time of day for certain colors, composition, confidence, communication skills, and learning my worth as more than just a photographer.

Tell us something about yourself that most people wouldn’t notice about you.

Rigg: I am very shy, I tend to stick around people or groups that I am very comfortable with, but once I get comfortable the real me shines through.

What’s a piece of advice you would offer to other photographers to encourage their creativity?

Rigg: Try everything, take your camera with you everywhere. Do everything in your power to execute the ideas floating around in your head even if they seem daunting. Don’t be afraid to fail 10 or 100 times.

We at Bokeh Focus admire Rigg’s tenacity in capturing cars at a moment’s notice. The technicalities behind finding balance in camera settings to get the desired shot of a fast-moving object show his professional-level dexterity. Thank you, Zachary, for sharing your work with the greater Bokeh Focus community as well as your words of advice.


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