We had the good fortune of connecting with Gary Sheer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gary, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When it comes to photography, I love taking risks. Of course I am not talking about life threatening risks such as a the very popular yet idiotic train track shoots you see on social media. I am talking about challenges that force me to rethink how I use my tools.
As an event photographer I am constantly relying on myself to innovate solutions to developing obstacles. A great deal of the time I am traveling to an unfamiliar environment and there is only so much planning and research that can be done prior to arriving at the space. Getting to the location early and planning for things such as additional lighting, familiarizing yourself with the grounds and checking in with the event coordinator will always help you stay ahead of any obstacles you may encounter.
There is only so much you can plan for. The rest is up to you.
My younger self was handed a few opportunities that I felt were too risky and as a result I turned them down. Later I realized that in order to cultivate growth you have to push yourself outside of your comfort zone.
Risks that seem scary are risks that reap the greatest rewards. What may seem frightening in the moment may be the very force the propels you to the next level.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is very spontaneous. When photographing live music, I must always make the most of what is given to me. It is an extremely rare to plan anything with the lighting director and I am always shooting on a moment to moment basis. I am most proud of my in camera double exposures.
I have recently been working to improve my double exposure compositions. These shots take a lot of foresight in terms of how to stack the compositions you are building in camera, along with the difficulty of merging two exposures
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am a sucker for the collective eateries in Denver. Avanti, Englewood Market, Stanley Marketplace, The Denver Central Market and The Source are all great choices.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
While I attribute my success to many different individuals, I would prefer to not publicly but the spotlight on any one of them at this moment.
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