Paul King Photography
Paul, where are you based? What about your artistic background?
I’m currently living in Charleston, SC. I’ve always liked working with my hands. My interests tend to vary a lot in the art department.
I’ve done everything from painting, making boat paddles, woodworking, fly tying, to working with copper embossing and boat building. However lately, I’ve been focusing solely on photography.
What about your first experiences with Photography? What are the characteristics of this art that you immediately loved?
I’ve always appreciated photography but didn’t really get into it until about a year ago. I know, it hasn’t been very long. When I decided it was what I wanted to do I just volunteered to shoot anything and everything. I found myself working at golf tournaments, weddings, office parties, art shows and wherever else I could take photos for practice. Meanwhile in my spare time, I was hauling my camera around on motorcycle rides. I think what immediately captured me was the ability to turn an everyday scene into something potentially surreal and artistic just through lighting, angles, and depth of field. The creative outlet is infinite.
Nikon d610, Nikon d750
Nikon Lenses: 85mm, 70-200mm 2.8, 55mm 1.8, 28mm 1.8, 60mm macro, ND filters, Flashpoint Xplor600 strobes, Wacom Photo
Black and White or Colors?
I went through a serious black and white phase but these days I’m all about those color tones.
The two wheels, a subject that you love, that we love! Talk me about the motorcycles in your photography.
Most of the bikes belong to the person in the photo. Sometimes during commissioned work I’ll use one of my bikes or we’ll get a loaner.
Are you a biker? What do you ride?
I am. Currently in the garage is a 1994 Kawasaki KX250, a 1981 Honda CX500 scrambler, and a 2002 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 chopper.
Current projects and Collabs
A photographic project you dream to realize
I’d love to be able to find more of a foothold in the motorcycle realm of photography. It seems really tough to make an honest living with two wheels being your only subject but getting paid to document a Dakar race, hare scramble, or rally race would be an absolute pleasure.
Where can we Follow you?