Recently, I was gifted a Lensbaby Burnside 35 lens to try out for a month. My first impression is that it is very similar to the Muse lens [that is no longer available] without all of the manual manipulation to focus and that you have more control over your focused sweet spot with the Muse. I haven’t had a lot of time though with the Burnside lens yet – hopefully, I will have some beautiful images to share soon. Until then though, below is the text and Muse images of an interview I did with the LensbabyLove blog a couple of years ago. I thought it would be fun to share this piece here.
Tell us a little bit about you? Where is home?
I live in the United States in north central Texas. I am passionate about music and photography, and I am a total nature nerd. Not long ago I answered the question, “What six things could you not live without?” and my answers I think kind of sum up who I am; a camera, music, trees, lipstick, fresh air, and love.
What or who got you started in photography?
Growing up, it seems I always had a camera in hand however it didn’t really take on the life of it’s own that it has now, until about ten years ago when I endured some life changing events that required me to look at myself in ways I had not ever imagined. Photography was a medium of therapy for me during that time, and I became completely immersed in it which led me down a path of self realization and this beautiful photography obsession.
How long have you been a photographer?
I don’t typically refer to myself as a photographer, rather an artist. I have been seriously though using photography as a means to my art, for about seven years.
What sort of work do you specialize in?
How would you describe your style?
Emotional, ethereal, and sometimes evocative.
What or who inspired you to get your first Lensbaby?
I can’t say that any one person or one thing inspired me to want a Lensbaby, other than perhaps seeing the gorgeous photography created with it. The moment I first learned what a Lensbaby was and could do, I knew they were created just for me.
Tell us what you love about Lensbaby lenses and optics.
Their motto, See In A New Way could not be a truer statement for me. I have learned to do just that, and it’s opened up so many creative avenues for me. It is virtually limitless, and I get lost in the dreamy creative Lensbaby vision. It’s an entirely different and beautiful world.
What is your favourite image you have shot recently with Lensbaby? Can you describe its creation, also your thoughts when creating the image and what it means to you?
That’s a difficult question. I would have to say it would be the mountains of White Sands, New Mexico. New Mexico is called The Land Of Enchantment. And it does indeed enchant you to be there. I love the photograph for quite a few reasons actually, but I would have to say for the most part, not only creatively but technically I try to ‘get it right’ in the camera most of the time and for this shot, I was able to do that. What I saw with my eyes and my heart, I was able to capture. The only post processing I felt a need to do was to desaturate the blues somewhat, and adjust the white balance a wee bit. New Mexico is my spiritual home and in creating this, and just being there in that space, I felt as if I were in fact home. And going home is always good for your heart and soul. It gives me peace, comfort and hope. Now, I look at this image whenever I am homesick and like so many photographs that I take, it has become a part of who I am.
A website and/or blog you visit often?
Since discovering Lensbaby Love, I’ve been there quite often. I also enjoy spending time on the Bella Grace Magazine website, and Explore.org.
Can you tell us the true basis of your inspiration?
I see the natural world in a different way I think than perhaps a lot of people do or maybe even don’t see at all, and I try to bring that vision to a photograph. A tree’s soul, a conversation between wildflowers, or the emotions read in the eyes of a horse are all moments that I want to capture and share.
Something you’re still learning?
Every time I hold my camera, I feel like I learn something new. Aside from shooting digital with a Lensbaby, I spend a lot of time with vintage cameras, both 35mm and medium format, and that is always a learning process for me.
What would you like to be doing in 5 years from now?
I would like to be traveling the United States in a funky restored vintage trailer, with a Lensbaby Velvet and my Muse for the Nikon, as well as a mini refrigerator stocked with film for everything else.
If you could have lunch with anyone, who would that be?
I’m not that interested in famous people that I don’t know, so I think I would most likely want to have lunch with an old friend that I haven’t seen in many years.
And the last question, if you had one wish…
Ah a lovely question, thank you for asking it. If I had only one wish, I would wish for love.