P&P Blogger Profile: Jim Larimer

Jim Larimer of PHOTOBLOG by Jim Larimer

My interest in Photography began in the late 60’s while in the Air Force. A barracks made pinhole camera led to a 35mm and lots of darkroom equipment. Then about 12 years later I graduated with a masters degree in art and my interests shifted toward painting. Up until this last year photography was just a tool that I used first in my furniture design business and as a means of collecting reference images for my painting and printmaking. Now I have returned to my first love: photography. Only now I shoot with a digital camera and “develop and print” using Photoshop.

Why do you blog?
I blog to stay in touch with other artists, photographers and those interested in such pursuits. I also see blogging as a way to start dialogues with those of similar interests and to receive constructive feedback on the work I do.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Conscientious
Usefilm Blog
Profotos Professional Photography Resource

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I have been taking pics since the late 60’s and using Photoshop for the past 8 years. I have been seriously taking pics for the past 9 months.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Currently I take pictures with a Kodak P880
Mac or PC?
PC
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
It is not equipment per se but I would have to say Photoshop
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
An upgraded camera and a wide format printer

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Understand that what you are creating is 2 dimensional art and then learn the basics of 2-D design. Composition, composition and composition!

What inspires you to create?
I am inspired by the rich visual tapestry of life I encounter each and every moment. Most often it is the mundane, overlooked scenes and occurences that most people take for granted and never see.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Live your dream!
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Nowhere
What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am always in a creative mode in one form or another: painting, photographing, printmaking…. but when I need a diversion, I read.
What talent would you most like to have?
To play a musical instrument well….I have been a drummer, a poor banjo and fiddle player, lousy at guitar and even worse at the harmonica and flute! Being talented at any of the aforementioned would be welcomed!
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Can
What is your least favorite word? Can’t
What turns you on? Creating
What turns you off? Closed mindedness
What sound or noise do you love? Mountain streams
What sound or noise do you hate? Traffic
What is your favorite curse word? Can’t think of one
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? I have attempted most of them and nothing compares with what I do
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Most of the ones that I have already participated in!
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? (After opening a couple of beers..) OK, my friend, lets talk about what we are going to do next!

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