Featured #8: William Denson

August 01, 2014

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What did you want to become in the childhood? Growing up, I was interested in taking photographs, but not necessarily wanting to become a photographer. I was actually a music performance student. After a car accident made that impossible for me, I started looking for another creative outlet, and photography took hold. I’ve been shooting since. 

The greatest power of photography? I love being able to make people feel things. Human beings love to have feelings. I want my family and portrait clients to look at their images and say “That’s ME! You captured who I am!” I want my fine art male nude clients to feel beautiful and liberated and freed from the shrouds of self doubt and have a newfound confidence in their personal beauty.
If you could give one piece of advice to fellow photographers, what would it be? Never stop shooting. Never stop building your vision. Never think “that’s a silly idea, why would I do that?” Just shoot it. Learn from it. Love it. 

What’s been your greatest accomplishment as a photographer so far? I run two seperate photography brands. One is family/portrait oriented, the other is fine art male nudes. They both speak my artistic language, but are obviously very different genres. 

I think my greatest accomplishment in realizing my artistic voice was achieved when I switched from digital photography to film. I spent so many hours trying to make software achieve the look I wanted when all I really had to do was go back to what I grew up with. It was great!
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What’s in your camera bag? I have my Lumu with me at all times. Literally, it’s in my every-day bag, not just my camera bag. Sometimes I see interesting light and meter it, just to see if the image I have in my head would work the way I think it would. 

In terms of film, I usually have a roll of Kodak TMax 400 and/or Kodak Portra 400 in my camera or with me. In terms of cameras, my go-to is a Leica M4-2 with a Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1.1. I also have a Hasselblad XPan, and a Hasselblad 503CX. I love shooting all three for different reasons and make different statements with each. 
Links to your work, or any other link you would like to share with other people!
My family/portrait work: http://williamdensonphotography.com
My fine art male boudoir: http://meninmonochrome.com 
The amazing film developing and scanning gurus: http://richardphotolab.com 
Check out more photos of William on Lumu flickr channel!