XO - Isa
March 31, 2016
Interview with Carter Holloway
Carter: I am from from the UK.
Isa: How did you get into SL and for how long have you been a photographer in SL?
Carter: I was introduced to SL many years ago from someone on FB, I had a real crappy PC that made moving around impossible so I cursed for a while and decided that my friend had stitched me up with this "stupid game". I got a new PC some time later and remembered SL, made an account....and the rest is history. As for taking pics, about a year ago, I discovered Flickr and saw all these amazing pictures coming out of SL and decided that I wanted to try. My first pics were horrible but I had gotten the bug so pestered as many people as I could for tips, it's amazing how many people are happy to help, something I am all too willing to do now if I am asked.
Isa: Were you a good photographer in RL before becoming one in SL?
Carter: I wouldn't say I was good in RL or SL, I leave that for others to decide but I have always enjoyed photography, I remember my first 35mm camera set up with an additional high powered lens and a flash the size of St Paul's Cathedral that sat on top and weighed more than a house. As for SL, as my PC's got better and I finally got an I7 processor, I was able to shoot in ultra and make the most of shadows and lighting. This changed my SL massively, I had found my passion and was taking as many photos as I could just to learn from each one and try and make the next one better.
Isa: One of the qualities I like about your images is that you seem to capture the moment just before something is going to happen. One example of that is the image 'Whip It'. Can you speak to that a bit? Is that intentional and if so what attracts you to that type of imagery? It's also true of 'The Offering'.
|Whip It...Whip It Good|
Isa: Can you talk about the 'penciled in' pics you have out there? How did you produce those?
|2 for 1|
Isa: You build your own poses for the most part - what do you use to do that, and why do you prefer building your own?
Carter: For my poses, I use Anypose. I prefer making poses as I can make sure they are perfectly aligned, rarely will you buy a pose and have it be right due to the avatar sizes and builds so creating my own means that not only are they aligned but they are unique to that model and shot.
|Give Me A Ring|
Carter: I have a warped mind so there is always something going off that I can transfer to a pose, I always like to think I am fun and enjoy doing a shot that isn't just the same old thing each time. I will often have an idea pop into my head while at work, driving home, remembering a conversation I have had during the day and try to create a shot around it. It doesn't always work, I scrap more pictures than i actually publish, if I don't like it, I wouldn't expect anyone else to.
Isa: Can you talk about the image called 'Huge'? Who is the model? What was the inspiration for this image? I noticed that neither the model or you have a hole where the heart would have been removed so who's heart is it she's holding?
|Enough Cream for 500 More|
Isa: Any advice for new photographers?
Carter: My advice for any new photographers would be to enjoy what you do, respect your model/subject, don't be afraid to try something new and most of all, remember that a model has given up valuable time for you, don't abuse their time but make them feel at ease and discuss your ideas ahead of your shoot. Most models have done a lot of shoots and can offer invaluable tips and ideas.
Isa: You haven't been in SL much lately at all - you're traveling to the Far East. Do you have an update for us?
Once again, special thanks to Carter for taking time to complete this interview. All photos by Carter Holloway. Used with his permission.