Beau of Beau A.C. Harbin Photography
Father. Husband. Medievalist. Technologist.
I studied as a medievalist in college and graduate school. I focused on late medieval English military history, i.e. the Hundred Years War, and such. I went all the way through to finish everything but my dissertation but then decided to focus on technology since that was what was paying the bills, and still does. During graduate school, I got involved in web site development and have moved progressively along to my current position as a manager for a technical consulting team for a company that develops association and non-profit management software. My wife and I met in graduate school (intensive Latin, 5 days a week, 9am). We have been married 11 years and have 2 great kids. We have recently moved to Cortland, NY from Northern Virginia so my wife could take a position at SUNY Cortland.
Why do you blog?
It is my way to share what I have been doing and learning. I like to know that what I am doing not only makes me happy and gives me a lot of joy but that others can find something they like in it as well. I am always interested in hearing what others have to say about my work. I have learned many things by listening to comments about my work. I find it fascinating when people point things out in my photographs that I had not noticed.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Behind the Lens
How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
About 3.5 years
What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Mac or PC?
PC but thinking about jumping over.
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My new automatic monopod and ball head. Loving them. And my trusty 28-135IS lens.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Practice, read, look, ask, listen.
What inspires you to create?
For many years, I found a creative outlet in history, digging into an issue and trying to figure it out. With web development, I spent a lot of time expressing my creativity through code. When I moved into a role where I did not have that outlet, I found the need to be creative was still there. So I got into photography. The drive to do something creative is still there. Given my connection with history through my years of schooling, I find inspiration from there. I am always interested in old buildings, ruins, cemeteries, etc. I am keen on the details of things that are overlooked by others. Seeing something common in a new way.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
I would be lying if I said I had any important pieces of advice about life. I am still trying to figure it all out.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
New Mexico, Scotland, Virginia
What do you like to do in your spare time?
What talent would you most like to have?
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Daddy
What is your least favorite word? synergy
What turns you on? A beautiful day
What turns you off? People talking on their cell phone and don’t look when changing lanes
What sound or noise do you love? My kid’s voices
What sound or noise do you hate? My kid’s voices whining
What is your favorite curse word? fucktastic
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Besides a professional photographer? Architect. Or maybe even going back to history in some capacity.
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Scuba instructor
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? “Dude, you were wrong but you were a good person so we are going to let you in.”