An interview with @buxtonc
You seem to have a great love of the outdoors, where does this come from?
I don't really know why, but I always seem to be more comfortable in less hectic places, the outdoors just suits me better. I think that being outdoors gives you freedom, from industrial populations and the busyness of day-to-day life. I saw a quote recently "A walk with nature is never a waste of time." This is so true!
You do a great job of portraying the beauty of the locations you shoot. What do you think it is about Wales and the UK that makes it such a great location to photograph?
Wales is a beautiful place! Like any location you just have to go out and seek it. It will change the whole perspective of how you see our country, many people think of Wales as being wet rainy and dull. Obviously they haven't seen what I have.
Do you have any locations that are your particular favourites to shoot?
IÂ love exploring new locations, from the mass scale of the place or to the simple beauty of it. I love places that show how small we are within our environment. There are so many beautiful places here in the UK and Wales! I honestly can't choose just one place but I do tend to head to the Brecon Beacons often so I guess I can say that I enjoy shooting there.
How did you get into photography? Â Did you have any particular influences?
This one's a pretty difficult question. I'm not 100% sure how I really got into photography. I guess I just picked up a camera and felt a connection and urge to document the world around me. I was never really the brightest person in school, and photography allowed me to show the skills that I have and be confident about it. I have always been the type of person that wants to better myself and I think my drive and consistency is the reason that I am where I am now in photography.
Would you have any advice for anyone who is aspiring to get into taking photos for a living?
Don't go into photography with your mind set on being published or famous, do it because you enjoy it. Many people immediately want to get paid from their photography when they first start out, so my advice is to forget about the paid aspect of photography and just fall in love with it and enjoy it. If you have a passion for something it will always shine through and then the money will come later.
How do you use Instagram and do you think it's an important medium for professional photographers?
Instagram is a huge part of my life as a photographer. I can't say that I am at a professional level at the moment but since I have had a great following of my feed it has benefited a lot. It is a great platform for others to see your work and your skills. It allows you to build a name for yourself and to show your work to a wider audience. Your work reaches new potential clients all around the world, and Instagram is the main platform that I attract my clients through.
How did you build up such a large following on Instagram?
I try to be consistent with my feed and I believe that viewers like that. I try to go on an adventure every week and post every day. From doing this I ended up with, I believe, just under 4000 followers. I then received an email from Instagram saying that I had been chosen to be a suggested user and that is how I got up to the following that I have now.
If you could travel anywhere to take photos where would you go?
Well this is a tough question, I really don't think I can pin point a singular location. I want to travel the world, but I guess if I had to choose I would love to visit Norway or Iceland. The landscapes out there look out of this world! And of course USA, but this is happening in September where me and my partner will be road tripping the West Coast of America for a whole month so stay tuned!
In an ideal world where would your photo career take you in 5 years?
I hope to have a sustainable income from a professional status from my photography, whilst travelling and working for well-known brands. But I guess I'll just have to wait and see where my future takes me.
Thanks again for taking the time to speak to us Chris.