The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Neal Grundy graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2001 with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
Since this time he has worked as a professional freelance photographer, developing an extensive portfolio of work for a variety of international clients. Neal Grundy specialises in freeze motion, still-life photography.
Neal Grundy – Studio Work.
His personal work has been exhibited globally and in 2013 he was awarded Grand Prize in The Banff International Photography Competition for his long exposure ‘Night Climbing’ series. Since this time, his professional work has progressed from long exposure to fast flash duration photography. Through this method, Neal has explored the impact of rapid movement in the creation of abstract forms. To this end, Neal spends the majority of his days in the studio environment blowing things up!
-How did you first become interested in photography?
At collage, during a GNVQ in Art and Design (I am not very good at drawing).
-How would you describe your style of photography?
Colour plays an important part in my work as well as spacing and graphical shapes.
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
Photographing objects that move very fast.
-What is your typical camera setup on a shoot?
Phase one p45+ with my trusty 120 mm macro lens.
-How do you promote your work?
Social Media and contacting companies directly.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
Sometimes I outsource to retouchers, sometimes I do everything myself. Depending on the job and budget.
-A lot of your photographs are of still objects but they also incorporate a sense of movement. What is the thinking behind this way of photographing?
I love the idea of capturing a moment in time so fast it can not be seen by the human eye and can never be reproduced; the only proof of its existence is the photograph itself.
-What is your top lighting tip?
Use diffusers instead of soft boxes.
-What is your dream project?
Shooting something creative and abstract for a world-wide advertising campaign. Shooting it somewhere hot would be nice as well.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
Nothing comes to mind. I mainly worked everything out by myself through trial and error.
Also, I get great advise from fellow photographers/friends every day. Befriend other photographers. That can be a great source of information, advise and not just competition.