Name: Iain Logan
Where are you located?
I hate to say that I live in Pacific Beach — So let’s go with Crown Point.
What is it that you do?
Hmm, well I guess I’m a student but I also work as a photographer on the side.
When do you realize you wanted to pursue photography as a profession or hobby?
When I was at the Navy recruiting office in my home town and a recruiter told me I could be a combat cameraman and I thought “That sounds cool as fuck..” so I signed some papers..
But in retrospect, my parents ran their own wedding photography business in the 80’s, and I didn’t realize it until I was like sixteen or seventeen but all the money they earned from weddings went into down payments for cars and the house I grew up in, or it paid for vacations.
Describe a few steps you took to make this happen?
I studied at the Defense Information School, and the Art Institute of Virginia Beach. DINFOS was pretty difficult and very fast-paced compared to art school, and I can’t get any credits to transfer here.. If you’re reading this thinking “Art School sounds like a great idea…” just sit down and watch photography tutorials on the Internet because you can get so much from the web for free.
What do you shoot with?
I’m a Nikon guy, I have a D800 and I mostly shoot with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, I love that lens with any full frame body! I also use a 60mm macro for most of my product shoots, a 80-200mm f/2.8 for whenever I need a zoom and I have a 3 nikon speedlights that are my fuckin bread and butter.
What subjects do you shoot? What do you consider your “style”.
I shoot mostly people and products, but my roots are in photojournalism. Somehow I’ve kind of become a “lifestyle” photographer though — Whatever the fuck that means. But I like to shoot things that interest me, and even more — I like to light them in a bad-ass way.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Trader Joe’s, home of the $23.99 Liter of Jameson.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment as a photographer?
When I was a photojournalist in the Navy I shot this crazy fuckin photo of a counter measure wash-down on an aircraft carrier and it placed in the top 10 for Gizmodo.com’s top 100 images of 2013. But last year some work I did for a local start-up company and it went fucking everywhere, man..Business Insider, Fox News, even a Ted Talks thing that was hosted in France. That shit’s cool to me, and really makes me feel validated as a photographer, like whatever I’m doing is working and it gives me the drive that I need to grow and succeed.
If you could photograph any one thing or event what would it be?
War. It’s the most awful thing that has lead to iconic imagery.
Besides yourself, who would you consider your favorite photographer or creative inspirations? Are there any unknown artists out there we should be aware of?
For journalism and unknown people I looked up to this Sailor, MC1 James Evans. Never actually met the guy, but his work as a Naval photographer was on point.
I consider David LaChapelle my favorite photographers, I really dig LaChapelle’s insanely saturated portraits, and his tableau vivant styled work. My favorite
Where can our readers find out more about you?
Now that my parents are following me on instagram my posts have gone to pretty much PG-13.. @iainnn I also have a website that I’m building right now, it will be up within a week at www.iainlogan.org