As I always say it’s crazy to think of the things that you come across when you are just looking online and on Instagram. So a couple of weeks ago I believe I was looking through a hashtag on IG and came across a dope photo from this upcoming photographer. After I saw one photo from him I ended up staying on his profiles for a few more minutes looking through a lot of his work and I was very impressed. So check out the profile below to see what he is all about.
TRS: What is your name and what do you do?
My name is Paul Sarris and I am currently 23 years old. I am a photographer, but during the weekdays, I am an assistant to my father who is a salesperson at a custom packaging company primarily dealing with medical packaging.
TRS: Where are you from and how has being there affected your creativity?
I am from Litchfield, a small town hidden in the northwest corner in Connecticut. Since my town only has a few thousand people, framing people has been a struggle… Litchfield is a very private town so I cannot just snap pictures of people. Instead, I love to shoot landscapes and use trees or nature as a subject. I pursued a photography degree at Hofstra University in NY and throughout my college years, I would travel into Manhattan. It was in New York City where I further developed my photography and became more diverse in my shots.
TRS: Explain what initially got you into shooting?
Junior year of high school at The Marvelwood School, a small boarding school in Kent, CT, was when I really started getting into photography. My teacher, Mr. Johnson, pushed us to see beyond our everyday scenery and helped us to start framing a scene.
TRS: Explain what does an average day look like for you?
I usually wake up around 8am – 8:30am and start checking my emails from home. I get to the office around 9:30am and I’ll shadow my father and help him work on the medical packaging business. In between work, I spend my time editing photos, and posting them to my Instagram, Facebook and ____. I finish up at the office around 5pm and then I am free to really work on my photography. I spend about two to three hours daily researching different locations to shoot, or if the weather is nice I go take photos.
TRS: What things do you look at or watch for inspiration?
Rather than looking at specific people for inspiration I look at locations to get an idea on a photographer’s perspective. I do this so that when I go to that same place I have my own ideas on how to frame the scenery. I also use Instagram’s explore page for creativity and “up and coming” on 500px.com to gain creative ideas. PDN’s magazine or their online website has new techniques that are emerging so I like to read up on that and learn how I can add my own twist to their techniques.
TRS: What camera setup do you currently use (camera, lens, other accessories, etc)?
I currently use a Canon 6D with a variety of different lenses and accessories. My 3 Primary lenses that I carry around with me are: Zeiss 35mm Distagon T* F/1.4, Canon L Series 16-35mm F/2.8 and my Canon L series 24-105mm F/4.0.
TRS: What do you specialize in or what do you enjoy shooting the most and why?
My two favorite types of photography are landscapes and urban exploration because I love to shoot scenery and traveling to new places. I have been adding models to strengthen my portrait skills and challenge myself since it is not part of my comfort zone. I love using shapes and contrast to guide the visual flow in my photographs.
TRS: Since we believe that music is the center around all things creative, what are your top 3 music albums, and what about those albums that gets you in a creative zone?
1) Abbey Road- The Beatles
2) For Lack of a Better Name- Deadmau5
3) The Wall- Pink Floyd
These albums are all diverse—it helps me to get into the zone and not shoot the same type of photograph. It really puts me in the mindset that in order to become known you have to push techniques to their limits and break boundaries just like these artists did when they made these records.
“Figure out what type of photography you want to pursue and just keep shooting.”
TRS: Who are some shooters that you follow and what do you admire about their work?
I look at @kfootphotography on Instagram for light paintings and their use of light sources at night. For urban exploration and abandoned buildings, I love to look at @sloppystick. Both of these accounts have unique editing and shooting techniques that make them stand out from the crowd.
TRS: What is one tangible piece of advice that you would give somebody who has just started shooting?
Figure out what type of photography you want to pursue and just keep shooting. That is the only way to get better—Henri Cartier said it best, “your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
TRS: What is next for you?
My next step in life is to take over my father’s position at the custom packaging company. This would be ideal because I could do all my work remotely, using a cellphone and laptop, to make good money and travel the world to further develop my photography.
TRS: Where can people find you?
You can find my work on my various social media pages or my website.