Take the road less travelled

29th September 2016, 01:03pm

Join photographers Richard Hodder and Rachel Soh as they explore the Karangahake Gorge with the  and talk about why photography inspires them. 

 
 
 For Richard and Rachel, travel is the fuel that feeds the soul. Being able to explore the world and tell their stories through images is what life is all about. We sat down with both of them to talk about their journey's and what inspires them as photographers.

Image by Rachel Soh Image taken with the G7X Mark II by Rachel Soh 

After 7 years working the 9-5 grind in a variety of finance and sales roles, a call for change rung in Richard Hodder's ears. He wanted more time in the water and less time pushing paper. This all had to change.

Taking the leap out of his comfortable, and somewhat easy working life, down the creative path has lead him on a journey that has challenged him to create work better than he could have ever expected.

Image by Rachel Soh
Image taken with the G7X by Rachel Soh

What role does photography play in your life?

It opens opportunities to explore, create and challenge myself every day and it keeps my eyes open looking for what’s next at all times. I’ve had some great support from brands and close friends and its the connection with others that totally makes it all worth it for me.

It’s important to surround yourself with motivated people and people willing to take risks.

 

What are the three things you don’t leave home without when you go on an adventure?

Camera, Coffee, Cash. Without all three, you are not going nowhere.

Image by Rachel Soh
Image taken with the G7X by Rachel Soh

What was your most memorable trip and why?

I did a walk along the West coast of Auckland with a friend Chris. It was a few days before new years and the weather was perfect… It was memorable because we walked for three days bare foot, slept under the stars and surfed the whole way up the coast, can you ask for a better combo, it was like a dream. After stating I was keen for the adventure I tried to pull out last minute but it was too late, I couldn’t let my friend down. It’s important to surround yourself with motivated people and people willing to take risks. Chris is one of those people who is a real ‘doer’

We walked for three days bare foot, slept under the stars and surfed the whole way up the coast.

Do you have any simple tips for photography for someone just getting started?

Try not to shoot something you have seen before if possible, in other words - find an interesting subject and if possible try to get something between yourself and the subject. Natural composition and personal style is really something that takes time to develop so take photos every day and be patient. It’s a natural evolution.

Seeking out other photographers is a great way too to develop and improve, no doubt you may get rejected a few times but if you can spend a day with someone passionate about photography, you will learn a lot, quickly! I guarantee they will learn something from you too!!

Natural composition and personal style is really something that takes time to develop so take photos every day and be patient. It’s a natural evolution.

What’s the best advise anyone ever gave you?

It’s cheesy as, but my dad has always said to me… “If you think you can, or you think you can’t… You're right”. Don’t wait for the approval of others, life is too short to be spending it trying to impress someone else.

Image by Rachel Soh
Image taken with the G7X by Rachel Soh

As for Rachel Soh, she is a documentary, lifestyle and music photographer and loves capturing moments and the people around her. Telling stories through photography and film is by far her favourite thing to do.

 

How did you start taking photos?

When I was a teenager, I picked up my first point and shoot camera and was instantly hooked. I’ve been photographing anything and everything since.

Richard Hodder
Image taken with the G7X Mark II by Rachel Soh
 

Why do you take photos?

It’s hard to put words to my addiction but I like to think that I am freezing time and capturing moments in history that can never be recreated.

 

Do you have any simple tips for photography for someone just getting started?

Take your camera with you everywhere and be creating images constantly. Photograph the things you love and are passionate about until you start to develop your own style and perspective.

What role does photography play in your life?

A big one. It gets me out of bed in the morning. It’s my source of inspiration as well as something I’m constantly seeking inspiration for.

Image by Rachel Soh
Image taken with the G7X by Rachel Soh
 

What was your most memorable trip and why?

It would probably have to be my first time visiting Tokyo. As soon as I stepped foot into the city, I was completely obsessed. The culture, food and people are incomparable.

What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” - Jim Richardson

Richard Hodder
 
Richard Hodder
 
Richard Hodder


Image Credit: Rachel Soh and Richard Hodder
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