The key is stopping long enough to find out where you’re at
Will, please introduce you to the readers.
My name is Will Corwin and I’m a photographer from Portland Oregon.
Your artistic background, main steps.
I was exposed to art stuff at a pretty early age. My mom and grandma are both painters, my dad plays music, and my grandpa is a really good landscape photographer. I sort of dabbled in everything until high-school when I saved up and bought my first digital camera to start shooting my friends skateboarding and that turned into my main focus.
Can you remember your very first approach to Photography?
It would probably be my grandpa showing me his Hasselblad 500c. We had a ritual where, when I would go over to my grandparents house, we would hangout and do stuff we officially dubbed as “Stuff”. This could be anything from going to the hobby shop and getting parts to build a gas powered helicopter, making darts out of matches, building go-carts, shooting guns, watching old westerns, or going through old slide film he had shot.
What made you to become a professional Photographer?
I went to community college for two years and became a certified welder/machinist, but I didn’t want to go straight to work in a factory and decided to try working at something that fed my soul. I got a job at a pizza shop where at the same time I interned at a local paper in Portland called the Willamette week, and eventually freelanced. I figured if I could keep taking photos and make a little money in the process maybe that would be cool for me. Im now signed to a local agency called BlurMgmt, and also run my own small business. It is still in its infancy, but looking back and seeing how far you’ve come on your own is pretty cool. For the meantime, I’ll just keep pluggin’ along.
What about your earliest influences and what are the artists you admire today?
When I was younger I was super curious and tried to learn everything about anything. Whether that was skateboarding, music, painters, space, photography, technology, the migration patterns of blue whales, comic books, movies. I wanted to be a know-it all. I feel like it accumulated into what I shoot. People I like now, Rory Payne, Ed Templeton, Peter Lindbergh, Willie Jane Dent, Glen Friedman.
What are the main sources of inspiration for your Art?
My mom was always painting awesome portraits with oil paints and is probably the main reason I enjoy taking pictures of people. But on the other hand, living life and being exposed to different things has made me a curious photographer, too. I go through phases and would probably get bored if I was just shooting one thing. Sometimes I need a break and don’t shoot for a while. Its probably my ADD.
Please describe me the artistic experience you shared with Heather Hirdes documenting the “Festival High Breed”.
Honestly, I wasn’t even planning on shooting that trip. I brought my cameras, and maybe I shot a roll or two on my Mamiya 645, but other than that I was out there to vacation. I had an interesting summer and wanted to let loose. But after seeing some of the stuff Heather was getting, I wanted to joined in the fun. I was so preoccupied I couldn’t see what was in front of me, until I saw it on the back of a camera.
What’s your personal and artistic relation with Two Wheels?
I get my middle name from my uncle Dale who was a big biker. I only knew him through photos of him and and hearing stories my family has told me about him. I supposed since I was young I knew I wanted to get a Harley. It wasn’t if, more like when. My parents weren’t to stoked on the idea, but when I was 19 I bought my first bike, and a couple years ago I bought a ’90 1200 Sportster. It has allowed me to meet people I would not have met otherwise, travel to places I wouldn’t have been, have been in situations that challenged me and in a weird way, helped me find myself and made me a better person. I just happened to have a camera with me.
How would you define your style today?
Eclectic, clean, and hopefully honest.
What are your current projects and collabs and what about the next ones?
Right now I’m working on group photo book with 9 friends and photographers from around the country. I’m doing most of it by myself so with that and work its slow going , but I’m trying to have it done later this year.
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