Nobuhiro Ishida: Photographer of the week
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by Editor Yvette Depaepe
Nobuhiro Ishida is a most talented photographer especially when it comes to Fine Art Nude Photography. His photographs are particularly unique and have a certain sense of freedom. The persons in his images always embody his emotions. In one word, his body of work is "fascinating". Read more about this great artist and the man behind his photographs.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs, dear Nobuhiro.
What first attracted you to photography?
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
I just was a kid (perhaps his work shouldn’t be seen by children), I didn’t understand the motif behind the machines, humanoids, buildings, and monsters drawn in his work. For me, his work was so mysterious and really influenced my imagination. I was completely absorbed in his work and lost track of time looking through it all. I only stopped once my sister came back home and caught me. She was furious.
That single book which I discovered in my childhood has provided me with countless ideas and is a most precious memory.
Describe your overall photographic vision.
Why are you so drawn by Fine Art Nude Photography?
Why do I take fine art nude photographs? That’s easy to explain. I feel that there’s no need for clothes to simply convey the emotion one feels towards the model.
What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
Do you prepare carefully the set-up before each photo shoot?
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
What software do you use to process your images?
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
Once the elements of the image come together, I tell the subject about my plan for the shoot. Of course, if the shoot requires some preparation from the subject too, I give them the time needed to prepare themself. This is probably similar to coming up with a role for movie actors. For example, for a shoot involving insects, I'd ask the subject to raise an insect from a larva. (Afterwords, this particular subject grew too like insects and often visit insect pavilions.)
Next, I prepare the shoot itself and decide what materials to use, what lens to use, should I use a strobe light or a steady light or something else. If I feel that a shoot will be difficult then I first will rehearse on it by myself. Only after rehearsing, I will do the effective shoot so that I can relax and take my time.
After the shoot I'll start retouching the photos. Sometimes I'm editing the photo to make it matching with my original vision, other times my image will not change at this point.
What is your most important advice to a beginner in Fine Art Nude Photography and how do you get started?
Personally, I was not completely focussed on Fine Art Photography when I started. The direction my work took was influenced by taking photos over and over and by communicating with the models. For both the model and myself, it just happens that Fine Art Nude Photography leads to the best results.
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Is there any specific photo taken by another photographer that has inspired you a lot and why?
Click here to see a photograph by Jan Saudek
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
My work has changed a lot thanks to that one photo shoot.
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
At the end of 2015, my friend Naoki Matsumura recommended 1X to me. I knew a little about 1X because all of the photos in their gallery are of very high quality. I was thinking if the site was something for me. Naoki told me, "I'm sure that everyone who sees your work will be surprised." I only half believed him but it was enough to convince me to upload my work on 1X.
In 2017 I participated to all kinds of contests from all around the world. I got many awards from PX3, MIFA, TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT and ND awards. I am so grateful to my friend Naoki who gave me his encouragements, to 1X and all the outstanding photographers here.
Thanks from the deepest of my heart.
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