1. Explain a bit about who you are and the type of photography that interests you most.
I’m a civil engineer in my day job (and when I’m not traveling) and have recently relocated to Australia from the United States. I’ve been into photography off and on for about as long as I can remember. It’s only in the last several years, however, with the rise of digital photography that I, like many other people, have become serious about it, although it’s still just a hobby at this point. While I do quite a bit of travel photography, I don’t feel I necessarily have a specific genre or subject matter that I lean toward but rather I try to simply capture the world and the people around me, hopefully in an interesting manner that keeps people intrigued and coming back for more. My work can be seen on my photoblog where I make regular image postings: http://www.darinrogers.net/ Except for some occasional brief background info, I don’t generally say much about my photos but prefer to let them speak for themselves.
2. If you could have a paid trip for 4 weeks anywhere in the world, just to photograph and report back, where would it be and why?
No place in the world is static but a few places are in danger of changing substantially in the coming years, some culturally and others environmentally. Two examples might be Bhutan which is under increasing cultural pressure from Western influences, and the Arctic/Antarctic regions which will likely see proportionally greater impact from climate change.
3. Name two of your photography inspirations.
Aside from the inspiration I receive traveling to new and different places, two photographers that inspire me are Art Wolfe and David du Chemin. Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge television show, as well as attendance at one of his lectures, has given me insight into the workings of a traveling photographer. David du Chemin has a wonderful blog where he regularly provides great advice and suggestions for stretching your creativity and finding inspiration.
4. What do you hope to convey to others through your photography?
Nothing deep and philosophical. I just appreciate the opportunity to show people some places and things that maybe they haven’t seen before, or maybe familiar places in a new and different way. Hopefully they’ll get some enjoyment from what I have to show.