On the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, Tony Gale takes us through his creative process and guides us through a number of personal projects, insights into how he creates his portfolio, and his thoughts on how we need to put women in more powerful places in our industry. Tony has been shooting for years and evolved to not only be an Editorial and Commercial photographer, but also an ambassador for a number of companies such as Sony, Manfrotto, X-Rite and more.
Tony is a photographer that has travelled to every single state in the US. This has been an ongoing project and very much goes against what he tries to do with his portraits. He gives each state a single photo; specifically his favorite from each state. Though this is mostly a landscape project, Tony doesn’t mostly photograph landscapes. Instead, he’s all about people. Tony took us through some of his favorite project that include editorials, “interesting people” and powerful women. For the latter, Tony did a very specific setup for each that defines wardrobe and making the subject stand out from the rest of the scene. One image is starkly different from the rest; and the others had input from editors, creative directors, and more.
Something that is consistent in the way that Tony creates is his lighting. The scenes that he photographs are very low contrast–this involves sometimes lots of light. But the look and style is pretty traditional–and therefore much different from much of what is created today. Tony is a true creator with light and finds ways to make people stand out using color, composition, and by telling us as much as he can about them,
We tried something different for this episode as Tony and I have known each other for years. We made it much more conversational; which makes for a better show. So enjoy the conversation.