Culture Trip: How did you get into photography?
Daniel Kriss: I really only got into photography last year when I decided to take the plunge and fork out the money for a full frame camera after shooting previously with a smaller point and shoot. I started to see some night sky pictures pop up on the internet and I was amazed by the detail captured. I thought to myself ‘I want to take pictures like that’. From then on, I’ve developed a love for all things photography, spending my weekends exploring the countryside looking for interesting and beautiful places to capture. I love the time spent outdoors and find the whole process is a great way to unwind and meditate. I’m also starting to get into the portraiture side of things and finding that a lot of fun too. I recently had my first experience shooting a wedding and absolutely loved it, and I’m excited about the future in that regard!
CT: What inspires you?
DK: I guess I’m inspired mostly by nature. There’s nothing I love more than exploring and trying to capture and interpret the beautiful things I see. I love taking pictures of people and urban scenes too, but overall, I spend more time out shooting landscapes and working on my astrophotography.
CT: Are there any photographers whose work influences you?
DK: I always keep an eye on an Australian photographer named Chrystal Hutchinson. I’m a big fan of her landscape work; I love the way she frames each scene, and there is always such great depth and life in each image.
CT: Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram?
DK: One of my favourites to follow is Michael Shainblum. He does a lot of nightscape photography which I love, and his images are always amazing and inspire me to get out and improve my own technique.
CT: Has Instagram changed the way you photograph?
DK: I think Instagram helps improve your photography because of the daily exposure to many talented artists. You can always pick up new ideas and advice from other like-minded photographers.
CT: Do you believe Instagram is an effective way for you to show the world your work?
DK: I think it’s a fun and easy way to put yourself out there and connect with people from all walks of life. It’s not too intimidating or complicated, and that’s what I like about it.
CT: Among all your images, which are your favourites?
DK: There have only been a few images that really stand out; one was a picture I took of a sail boat while I was traveling in Turkey a few years ago. I had to swim out a few hundred meters being careful to not wet my trusty Canon s95 in order to get close enough for a shot. I love the image, but there’s also a great memory of taking the shot, and that’s half the fun!
There’s also a picture that I took of my grandmother with one of her rescue horses. It’s a retired racehorse that was being neglected; it was taken by the RSPCA before she adopted it and gave it a second chance at life. I think there’s so much emotion in this picture, but I’m not sure how to put it in words. I haven’t shared it until now, but it’s probably my personal favorite.
To see more of his stunning work you can follow him on Instagram @dankrissphoto.