CHRIS BROCKINGTON : NYC Photographer. Visual Storyteller. Professional Father.
When did you begin taking photos?
I began taking pictures when I was at least 8 years old. When I was a kid, my mother would pass down her old film cameras to me and I’d take pictures of everything. As I got older, I’d buy my own point and shoot cameras. In 2011, I purchased my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel T1i, because I wanted to take better pictures.
Describe your style of photography.
My style of photography is candid/portrait photography. I like taking pictures of people. Most importantly, I like taking pictures of people being normal. Cameras are intimidating and most people are uncomfortable in front of a them. The best images I take are of people when they aren’t posing for the shot.
What inspires your work?
My work is inspired by capturing life’s moments. Whether it’s my son playing on the playground or riding his bike. To a bird, on the tree, outside my window. I know that if I look at the image five or ten years from now, I can remember why I captured the image.
What type of gear do you use?
I currently use a DSLR Canon 7D Mark II with a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. Most of my early images were taken with the same camera but with a Canon 50mm f/1.8, 80mm f/1.8, or 40mm f/2.8 Pancake lens. I also use a mirrorless Canon M50 with an adapted Canon 24mm f/2.8 Pancake lens to capture video or when I don’t want to take my DSLR out.
What message do you hope to capture and share through your photos?
I hope to capture and share the message that every single moment in life is precious and not to let time pass you by. Pictures freeze moments in time. We live in a world where we are stuck with our phones in our faces. If you open the camera on your phone, you can capture a moment that will stay with you forever.