I met photographer Chris Loomis at an unbelievable showing of his work last First Friday on Roosevelt Row, in downtown PHX. Something about the soft edges of his imagery, mixed with an eerie simplicity, resonated with me. I thought to myself, I gotta meet this guy. Then, I met the guy and asked to see more of his work. Then, I had to know where this art comes from, so … here’s an interview! (All images copyright Chris Loomis 2010.)
About Chris Loomis: Chris Loomis received his BFA at the University of North Texas and a diploma at the Brooks Institute of Photography. After a job in LA as an in-house photographer for Seiniger Advertising, he moved to Arizona to start a business as a freelance commercial/editorial photographer. He has shot for numerous publications as well as many clients in the area and abroad. He has also done quite a bit of wedding work to which he owes a great deal for his experience in generating creative ideas while on the fly. Right now, along with his commercial work, he is striving to elevate and blend his love of fashion and fine art (photography) with some inspiration/admiration of science fiction (film), surrealism/pop-surrealism, film-making, and even music.
An H and Five Ws with Photographer Chris Loomis
I became a photographer after switching majors in college from music to fine art. I took painting, drawing, and graphic design classes and got a lot from them but couldn’t see myself making a living in those areas. Then I took my first B&W photography course and realized it was an intriguing challenge, rewarding AND something I could do as a career; it was immediate and tangible yet artistic.
Who is your biggest artistic influence?
I don’t have just one or two artistic influence(s), I have a lot. Fashion and pop-surrealism magazines (Hi-Fructose Magazine is very inspiring to me). Sci-fi television and movies totally propel my sense of wonder. Fashion design (Gareth Pugh, John Galliano, for example) also is hugely influential and inspiring. There are of course many photographers whose work influences/inspires me as well: i.e. Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Peter Witkin, Young Bok Park, Arthur Tress, Nick Knight, David LaChapelle, and Gregory Colbert, just to name a few.
My definition of creativity: artistic problem solving, thinking “outside of the box” in terms of innovation; not just for photography or art but in any area: science, medicine, design, fashion design, music, literature, film, even sports…it’s boundless.
Where (of the places you have NOT been) would you like to do a photo shoot someday?
I would love to do a photo shoot on the moon or Mars. However limiting that would be, could you still imagine the possibilities?
When is the best time of day to take a photo?
There is no best time of day to shoot (photography). Anytime of day can be ideal depending on what you want to do or what your client’s needs are.
The best answer I can give is that it has become the vehicle through which I have chosen to express myself creatively/artistically and at the same time make a living with it. At heart though I am also a designer, a scientist, a musician, a philosopher, and many other things, so I guess these “would be” career paths also are manifest through my photography; that’s kinda cool….
Check out Chris’s website at http://www.chrisloomis.com/. He also has a fan page on Facebook under the name Chris Loomis Photography! Go JOIN IT! Thanks for the interview, Chris, and for your amazing work!