Vancouverite Reece Voyer, has a great eye for detail and a unique way of capturing people through his photography. His focus on fashion, portrait and lifestyle is continuously evolving. His hard work and desire to push himself is admirable.
Q: Describe the time in your life when you first became interested in photography?
A: I graduated university and went straight into the corporate world as an accountant. Pretty quickly I realized that it wasn’t right for me and on the day I made the decision to leave I bought my first DSLR. I originally thought I would shoot some video for fun during the summer, but immediately fell in love with capturing stills.
Q: What interested you in focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle as your subject matter?
A: From the start I was always drawn to taking pictures of people, and never really felt a strong desire to shoot anything else. Whether capturing people on the streets going about their day, or bringing a model into the studio, something about human emotion really fascinates me. Making the decision to focus on fashion came from the desire to push myself and my work. Fashion photography, especially studio work, seemed like this intimidating world that I really had no clue about so I knew it would really help me grow as a photographer.
Q: What has been one of your favourite shoots?
A: I find something I love in every shoot that I do, so it’s hard to pick a favourite. And in all honesty, when I take a look back at my work it’s generally through a critical lens - asking myself how I can improve for the next project.
Q: Who have you collaborated with and who would you love to work with in the industry?
A: I’ve had the great fortune of having a very creative group of friends, so right from the get I was making photographs with people really close to me. In the beginning we would all just head out with our film cameras and spend the day taking each other’s photographs and getting stoked on any images we got back. In a professional sense, I’ve worked with some great young business owners and entrepreneurs who are really trying to be imaginative with their imagery. Through those connections I’ve been able to see my work published in magazines, hung in stores - it’s been really cool.
Q: Do you have a background in photography? Did you go to university?
A: I went to school for philosophy, and later for accounting, so when I started out I literally had no idea what I was doing. Since then, I’ve learned something new every time I pick up my camera. I know that will be true for the rest of my life.
Q: What kind of camera do you shoot with? What equipment do you prefer to use?
A: For 35mm film I shoot mainly with a Nikon FE, for medium format it’s a Mamiya 645. I’m a camera collector (hoarder) of sorts so that's all bound to change many times in the future. For my digital setupI recently picked up a Nikon D750. What’s cool about the Nikon dslr system is that I can use all the old film era lenses I already owned. When it comes to film vs. digital, its film all the way.
Q: How does black/white/ colour play into your work?
A: I love them both. I’m trying to bring more black and white into my portraiture but it's hard because colour is such a beautiful thing to experiment with!
Q: What do you envision yourself doing in the next 5 years? How do you see yourself pushing your photography?
A: Using my camera as a way to travel the world and meet new people. It's all about the adventure.
Q: Which photographers influence and inspire you and your work?
A: Ryan Plett, Jason Lee Parry, Jan Sholz, Sim Ouch, Richard Moore, Carly Dame, Hilary Kathleen.
Q: Do you have anything else you want your viewers to know?
A: Go to your local thrift store and buy a cheap old film camera, it could change your life. It did for me!