Interview with Christopher Davila
Question 1: What is your name?
Christopher: “Christopher Davila.”
Question 2: Where are you from?
Christopher: “Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Living in Anchorage, Alaska the last 3 1/2 years.”
Question 3: What camera(s) do you mainly use at the moment?
Christopher: “Currently I use a Sony A7RII, as well as an assortment of different film cameras. Mainly a Leicaflex.”
Question 4: Do you find a minimalistic gear approach more appropriate?
Christopher: “I believe that carrying around and using too much gear (multiple cameras, tripods, polarizing filters, drones, etc) can take you out of the moment and over complicate the process. I try to reduce the barrier between me and the present moment by limiting my gear. I like to shoot film because it keeps me present and forces me to slow down.”
Question 5: What are some insights you discovered as a Landscape Photographer?
Christopher:: ”More and more I’m realizing that we’re not the gods of this planet, and that the weather/light can change in a second, creating a magical moment unlike any other in history, and if you have the right eyes you can see and capture those moments forever. Mostly, landscape photography has helped me be more observant of the world around me.”
Question 6: How long have you been writing for?
Christopher: That’s something that’s been with me my whole life. I’ve loved reading and writing from a young age. My favorite thing to read and write is poetry, which is kind of like minimalism with words- trying to say as much as you can in only a few lines. It takes a lot of focus and mental energy to do that. That’s something that I try to carry over into my photography- how to say as much as I can with one image.
Question 7: What keeps you motivated as a photographer?
Christopher: Curiosity about what hasn’t been explored, places I haven’t been to, and which special moments I can isolate in time. Seeing new beautiful places and trying to find unique shapes and abstract forms within them. Also just being in nature and in the present moment- sometimes I can get really lost in a place, or just have this sense of awe that I wouldn’t otherwise have had if I hadn’t ventured out there to take a photo of it. Those are the moments I seek, and my photography is inspired by them.
Question 8: What is your definition of passion?
Christopher: “I think passion is a sense of needing to do something. I can sense passion in myself and others when I see them striving for something they really believe in- be it a dream or a definitive goal. There are some moments in my life where I’ve absolutely felt compelled to take a photograph or jot something down on paper. Maybe it’s when those moments repeat consistently is when you know they are a passion.”