Erica Snyder is a jack of all trades when it comes to photography. Shooting pretty much anything, her influences and eye for lighting and composition are what sets her apart from the rest. We gave her a pack of Lomography Color Negative 100 Film and chatted with her about her results and work.
Welcome! Tell the Lomography Community a bit about yourself.
I am a 25 year old self taught photographer from New Jersey. Recent New York City dweller.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from several sources, mainly films, paintings, novels and poetry. I love Allen Gingsburg and have spent years wishing I could turn Sunflower Sutra into a photograph. Aside from that, I often find myself inspired by a certain color palette or a scene and try to insert some of its essence into my work. Yet my work flow is very fluid and if it is a spur of the moment shoot, the inspiration is often drummed up on the spot. I am also a strong believer in exchanging ideas with the people I shoot and much of their own influence and inspirations comes through in my photography.
What is it like working as a photographer in New York as opposed to other cities?
I have found it easier to work with new people in New York, it seems that there are more people willing to get in front of the camera for portraits and collaborations. This aspect has informed my recent work in a positive way. However since moving to the city I have struggled to find locations that really inspire me. Hopefully with time and lots of scouting I will find a location stops me in my tracks.
You shoot so many different genres of photography (music, portraits, fashion, street, fine art, commercial). What is the trick to becoming such a versatile photographer?
Curiosity. I don't feel fulfilled limiting myself to one genre of photography. I find that as I continue to grow as a person, my interests naturally change as well as what catches my eye. For a very long time I was only interested in photographing landscapes at dusk. I was constantly chasing a very specific image in my head and it took me years to capture it. Once I had, I felt as though I had closed a chapter in photography, got the bone. Recently I have found photographing people more to interesting and I've been chasing that new "perfect" shot since. Also I am open to requests, if someone asks me to shoot a concert or fashion, I am ready and eager for a challenge.
Pick a photo and tell us the story behind it.
The photograph of the boy half lit at a pool table was just another drunken night out with friends and my yashica.
What things can we expect to see from you in the near future?
A lot more collaborations and portraits.