Where to Willie
“Where to Willie” has been a project of mine since the spring of 2010, with its origins in travels and exploration, and my personal interpretations thereof. It has slowly developed into a photography, travel, and life showcase. It’s come a long way from those early days of general musings and snapshots, but that’s what life is all about – growing and learning.
A couple years ago, a moment came that forever changed me as an artist and a person. I left my full time job, picked up a backpack and a camera (my first DSLR), and spent several months solo traveling the world. During that time I managed to build a diverse portfolio, but the images weren’t all that spectacular. I think many people have been in the same situation: amazing opportunities for their photographs, but lackluster results. Well, around two years ago, I decided to teach myself how to take and create beautiful images. Since then, my portfolio has continued to expand and grow every day along with my passion for travel and culture. This passion has led to a fascination with sharing the world as I see it – through the lens of a camera. I absolutely love being out and involved in the world; meeting new people, experiencing new cultures, and taking in beautiful places. The strong admiration I have for the world is what I attempt to display in my art and acts as a constant inspiration for my photography.
The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars. ~ Jack Kerouac
The Photography ~ Style and Techniques
Technically I’m a self taught photographer. I’ve made lots of mistakes and had the opportunity to really throw myself completely into the intricacies of creating beautiful work. I’m happy to have never been ‘taught’ how to photograph because I’ve never been told that I can’t do something a certain way. Yes, this leads to wrong turns and dead ends sometimes, but the journey is the adventure. Learning photography in the digital age has shaped the way I develop my photographs, using dynamic methods to blend and capture the essence of a moment.
My photography process has been developed over these years to try and capture the world as I see it – full of awe and amazement. Over time, practice, and refinement, I’ve begun writing photo tutorials that I am proud to offer free to all (but, if you’re looking for a bit more personal help, check out my Services page). If I were to describe my techniques in one fail swoop, it would range from the basics of RAW adjustments in Lightroom, to tonemapping a HDR, to luminosity masking of multiple layers in Photoshop.
All of my images are protected under what is called “Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial”. That’s a mouthful isn’t it? The gist of the matter is that anyone can share, derive, or use for personal any image you like, just give a little credit back to www.wheretowillie.com. The only thing that is restricted is printing and commercial use. If you’re in the latter category, nearly all the images featured here and in my portfolio are available for purchase, license, and download. Check out more at the Prints and Licensing page.
Click HERE for services, but just to give you an idea, my motto is ‘have camera, will travel.’ Basically, there’s not a lot that I wouldn’t try.