Interview: John Bozinov
Photography: John Bozinov
An interview with New Zealand based photographer and educator John Bozinov. John specialises in lifestyle, portrait, adventure and polar expedition photography, with a particular emphasis on creating clean, authentic imagery.
What inspired you to start taking photographs?
I started out shooting with film cameras just for a bit of fun at first; initially it was the process of darkroom developing and printing that I really fell in love with, more so than the images themselves. In wasn't until later that the photos and their stories became important to me.
What type of photography are you most passionate about?
The polar regions have become very important to me in the last few years as I've had the opportunity to spend a lot of time there and witness the effects of global warming firsthand. Right now, I'm very passionate about conservation photography and I want to try my best to protect these special corners of our planet.
What has been your favourite location to shoot?
In early 2016 I was fortunate enough to embark on an expedition to a few of New Zealand's Subantarctic Islands; a group of uninhabited islands lying between mainland New Zealand and the Antarctic. This area of the world has a very fragile ecosystem and is home to many endemic New Zealand species; the landscape and wildlife there are like nothing I've ever seen before. It truly was an incredible experience to photograph there and to experience such an unspoilt landscape.
What images have been your most significant so far?
I definitely think my work from Antarctica. The Antarctic is a place that very few ever have the privilege to visit and in a sense we often feel disconnected from it for that reason. I hope to make people feel a little more connected and closer to Antarctica through my work.
What reaction do you aim to inspire in people when they view your images?
Above all else I'd like people to develop an appreciation for our natural world and a desire to conserve its wellbeing.
What camera equipment and gear do you use?
I've often found that carrying too much gear can hinder my ability to really focus on my subject, so I try to keep my kit as simple as possible. I'm currently shooting with a Canon 5d mk III and a variety of zoom lenses: Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8, Tamron 24-70 f/2.8, Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 and of course my iPhone too.
Where are you excited to photograph in the future?
It's a dream of mine to cross the Ross Sea and visit east Antarctica to photograph Emperor Penguins, hopefully an elusive Ross Seal as well! I've not made any plans yet but I would love to visit one day.
Whose work has influenced you most?
The spoken word poetry of Anis Mojgani.
What advice would you give to other photographers who are just starting out?
Like any craft, photography takes a lot of practise, and I think that's something a lot of people neglect. So I'd advise them to shoot as much as possible and always maintain a teachable spirit; your photography is a journey and there's always something new to learn.