I’m a romantic. I love old movies with stars like Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, and Audrey Hepburn. I love classical music, jazz, and the old standards of Gershwin and Cole Porter. I love to read, modern novels as well as classics like The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Anne of Green Gables, and Jane Eyre. I love classic and vintage things–my apartment is slowly being filled up with aged and distressed wooden furniture, old books, bird cages, blue bell jars, and other flea market finds that I can’t resist.
Hence the inspiration for the Gatsby Nouvel name: a new sense of vintage. Hey, it makes sense to me.
I love finding unique places to shoot–like carousels, ice cream stands, old bridges, and train stations. When I go to a new city my favorite thing to do is walk, play and explore. But just as satisfying as shooting, for me, is the post production work. I thrive on the artwork and creativity in post production. I love bright colors, but also the soft, muted tones. I love to play with texture, adding film grain, aged papers, or a softness to my photos. It is not uncommon for me to come home from a shoot, download the images, and immediately delve right in.
As a travel photographer this also gives me a desire to catch my feeling of a place. I’m a firm believer that places have souls and memories. I think people see them differently, but when I travel, I want the reader or viewer to get my sense of a place, and hopefully inspire them to go out and find their own!