Hornings Hideout, OR: In the practice of Leave No Trace we ask that you please leave what you find. To communicate this principle we utilize the maxim, "Take only pictures, leave only footprints." As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we are often in amazingly beautiful locations and find ourselves asking the question, "How do we take better pictures and capture the moments that inspire us to keep playing outside?" In order to bring you practical tips, as well as ways to improve your creative process surrounding photography, we caught up with Professional Photographer Woods Wheatcroft at the Northwest String Summit. He was on-site capturing a sustainable movement that is taken place at festivals nationwide - the transition to using Klean Kanteen reusable pint glasses over those infamous red plastic cups that in years past have sprout up like flowers after a desert rainstorm when the music grinds to a halt. Imagine the difference we could make if ever festival goer was required to drink with a reusable cup! Alas, we digress. Watch the interview to see what goes on behind the lens! To see beautiful photos click over to www.woodswheatcroft.com. Enjoy your world and please leave what you find.
"The still photo is still magic and there are still magicians that reach deep into the top hat and pull out rabbits. Woods Wheatcroft has the hat; he can bring the rabbit."
Behind The Lens: Interview With Pro Photographer Woods Wheatcroft
Sam: My Name is Sam I am a Subaru/ Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer and I am here with Woods Wheatcroft. Woods what do you do for a living?
Woods: I am a Professional Photographer.
Sam: Woods, if you could give people one piece of advice on taking great photos what would it be?
Woods: Shoot everything and you will eventually gravitate towards your interest. I feel like in my case I’ve gravitated towards the life I want to live. Which is an outdoor life. So the lifestyle photography that I shoot tends to be the life that I am living...it is the life that I’m living. I blur the lines between work and play.
Sam: What is your favorite location you’ve ever shot photos at?
Woods: My Favorite location would probably have to be the Torres Del Paine down in Chile, but on a more consistent and frequent basis I love going to Death Valley. Death Valley’s incredible. Between the light and the circumstances it is almost like the absence of so much, gives so much. It's like a blank canvas and any idea can be played here or there and it’s wonderful. I like the desert a lot.
Sam: Ok. Chile and the Desert it is?
Sam: What do you carry in your camera kit when go out to shoot photos?
Woods: I typically travel pretty light... I feel like it’s a light kit in terms of photographers. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III and I still love film, but I love instant film so I shoot with an old polaroid. And then I’m also shooting a little tiny Fuji Instax camera. It’s super fun.
Sam: Oh Cool!
Woods: There is still the immediate gratification out there and with film it’s really fun! I’ve actually done it a lot at this festival. Take photos, give them to people. It’s wonderful.
Sam: Any tips for shooting compelling photo’s of people?
Woods: Um…sure, I love shooting people. It’s one of my favorite subjects. People offer so many dynamic, spontaneous opportunities. I try to steer my ship away from the predictability, the looking at the camera, the cheesy. I really like to get people in a creative circle and know that my circle is sort of established and as that breaks apart I do find those real moments within that. That to me is a compelling shot of a person. When they don’t really know they are being photographed.
Sam: How do you make people feel comfortable around a camera?
Sam and Woods: (Laughing together)
Jenna: Woods you spend a lot of time in beautiful areas, why do you think it is important to practice Leave No Trace?
Woods: It feels like a no-brainer to me. It’s much easier for me to pick up something when I see it out there. From micro trash all the way to cleaning up hot springs. I’ve been doing that for years. I take trash bags into places where I know there’s going to be evidence of other people out there, but even in my own experiences I feel like it’s...
Jenna: You’re compelled to do it?
Woods: No, It’s… Yeah It’s easy.
Jenna: That’s great! Yeah it is easy.
Woods: It’s easy for me and it can be easy for everybody!
Jenna: Yeah I agree. Just trying to leave places better than you found them?
Jenna: My name is Jenna and we’ve had a wonderful time chatting with woods, if you’d like to see more of his photography you can visit www.woodswheatcroft.com and he shoots for some really awesome brands like Patagonia, Ibex, Kavu and Klean Kanteen to name a few. He does some great work. Check him out!
Jenna: Thanks so much for hanging out with us we had a great time!
Woods: You bet, thank you!
Jenna and Sam
Leave No Trace’s Jenna Hanger and Sam Ovett are part of the 2015 Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer Program that provides free, mobile education to communities across the country. Proud partners of this program include Subaru of America, Deuter, Hi-Cone, REI, Smartwool, The North Face, and Yakima.