here below is the unedited questionnaire i filled out, because i suppose i rarely think about it, but it’s nice to be reminded that i have an opinion:
c. bay milin
Where are you from?
albany, california, usa
Where do you live?
brooklyn, ny, usa
What camera/cameras do you use?
nikon D4 DSLR
minolta autocord LMX TLR
polaroid land camera automatic 250
polaroid cool cam 600
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do/study? Or what do you want to do?
working photog with a day job. love to walk around city streets, peer around corners, immerse myself in as much nature as possible, and swim in oceans. i’m not in school anymore, but i like to study human nature and the state of my sense of hesitation. i love to find or create opportunities to flex my sense of bravery.
Tell us a little about your photography. Why do you shoot? When did you start? What is your favorite thing to taken pictures of? Etc
i love to photograph people and the world around me. i’m not sure that it can be more concise than that, but it’s my truth; i love to take photographs of all the things which catch your eye.
everything and everyone is so interesting and alluring, fantastic and grotesque, lovely and profane. there is a poetry to the way it all evolves, and at times i cannot help but to observe and then lift that camera to my eye in an involuntary compulsion. it is a controlled madness of mathematics and emotional consumption.
i received a camera from my parents when i was around 8; it was a DISC camera, and i remember really being excited at the prospect of photographing elephant seals on the beach. they were so enormous and scary, and i was too far away to get a great shot. i think that each camera i have been gifted or bought and used since then, had echoed the want to perfect that first desire to document.
my work meanders between people and places/spaces, but i feel like i get the most satisfaction when spending time with a person in their home, and collaborating on a series of portraits stemming from a loose idea. more and more these days, my nudes especially are most gratifying because as long as we have known our bodies as a species, we can still find it shocking, elegant, and every attribute in between. there’s something great about happening upon new angles, which both elates and create a sense of wonderment.
Which photographers/artists inspire you?
ellen von unwerth
anyone who is actively trying to figure it out through photography.
Website (if you have one): http://cbaymilin.com
Blog/social media sites:
And finally, please complete the following with as little or as many words as you see fit (as long as it remains under a page long):
ceaseless joyful frustration coupled with blissful discovery