Name: David Drebin
Birthday: August 22/1970
Book: The Romantic Movement by Alain de Botton
Movie: American Beauty
Quote: “there are two reasons not to trust people-one because you don’t know them and two because you do know them”.
For how long have been in photography? I fell in love with the Magic of photography when I was 22 years old and living in Vancouver, Canada going to acting school while my roommate at the time was studying photography and I thought he was crazy taking “photography classes” until he showed me his school project that blew my mind because all I saw was “Magic” and how photography stopped time.
How did you start? It took me many bad photographs to make any good photographs so I started by just trying and trying and trying….
How would you define yourself as an artist? Tortured lol
Where do you find inspiration? From my imagination
Who has been the greatest inspiration in your life today? My Mom and her belief in me that I could fly if I wanted to…
What for you is the most enjoyable part of your photography? The Magic…how I need to believe it to see it in order to create the Magic.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts? I prefer being spontaneous and just “feeling” instead of “overthinking”.
Please could you tell us about photography and digital technology? We need to adapt and as much as I preferred working in film with no retouching one has to adapt to technology and use whatever resources needed to compete in a very competitive marketplace and I have always believed that my biggest completion was my own reflection. There is room for everyone to succeed and success is measured differently by all.
What type of camera do you use most? My imagination
What is your favorite lens? My eyes and ears. I hear with my eyes and see with my ears.
What has been your most memorable assignment and why? There have been so many it is impossible to choose but I would have to say my first assignment I ever had which was a Salem campaign and I was working as a waiter at the time and couldn’t believe that I could actually be paid to take photographs as I never got into this as a business but as a passion that turned into a business…by accident.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently? I don’t look back…only forward. I often think about all of the images I have yet to take and want to..
How important is an awesome website for your busines? How important is it to have legs to walk?
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have? Drive. Ambition. A Dream. A Plan. A Vision.
Which of your projects has given you the most satisfaction? Personal projects where I imagine an image then make it and the reality of the image matches the anticipation of making it.
List of your clients? I have never thought of “clients” before as I never “chased clients”.
I have just been so fortunate to have had a love for not only photography but making light boxes, Neon Light Installations, Etchings on Glass and Photo Sculptures that when people purchase the works I am just so grateful that I can make a living doing what I love to do and making others happy to own art that only grows in emotional value over time. Buying Art should be emotional. It should make you feel something. I love when people tell me how my works make them feel. That is the ultimate success and reward for me.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most? The ones I admire the most now are the ones I see walking the streets all over the world just “testing their imaginations” and looking for the “image”. I love the image makers who are the biggest dreamers and love watching them find “the shot”. I am most inspired by amateur photographers who makes images as a hobby. Their love for photography only reminds me of how I started in the first place with that same love. The power of creation. Magic. Ahhhh
What about architects and designers? I love dreamers. And doers. People who imagine it and then execute what they imagined. Doesn’t matter the discipline.
What are your next projects? We are coming out with our 5th book published by teNeues and it will be a book of all of my art forms including Neons, Photographs, Etchings on Glass and Photo Sculptures in a very limited edition (less than 1000 copies) with book launches and exhibitions worldwide beginning with Camera Work in Berlin on November 16th.