My name is RE Casper. A child of the arts, born and raised in rural Southern Illinois, I discovered my creativity early on in traditional media, such as oil paints and charcoal. Later, I transitioned into digital arts and for the better part of 15 years, I have worked in web and graphic design, with gigs in digital pre-press, lead design at a video conversion company and art director of an international vehicle graphics company.
In 2009, my wife and I moved to Chicago, IL and by way of some new friends in the Chicago Photographic Society, I rediscovered my passion for photography and in particular, capturing the human condition. I now live in northern California, where I focus on my photography. Specializing professionally in street and documentary photography, architecture/real estate, events, products and fine art. I also host photo walks and teach workshops on street photography and Adobe Lightroom, both independently and through the esteemed Harvey Milk Photo Center.
In addition to my photography, I also produce and co-host the podcast, StreetPX. A relaxed conversational show, centered on street photographers, documentary photographers and photojournalists from around the world. Exploring background stories, new inspiration, the craft, current news and random topics every episode.
Website: www.recasper.com Instagram: @recasperphoto Twitter: @recasper Facebook: www.facebook.com//recasperstudio StreetPX Links: Website: www.streetpx.com StreetPX Episode with Valerie Jardin: http://streetpx.com/2016/09/episode-21-photograph-happy-valerie-jardin/
Mentioned Exposed SF Street Photography Exhibit: http://www.sanfranciscostreet.photography
Photobooks: Plus One Collection (http://www.photographersforgood.com/Plus-One-Collection/), Josef Koudelka - Exiles (http://aperture.org/shop/josef-koudelka-exiles-books/) I didn’t think to say this one on air, but it’s a phenomenal book to check out for yourself > Scott Strazzante - Common Ground (http://www.commongroundthebook.com/)
Gear: XPro2/23mm f2
Accessories: Asus 10050 Power Pack (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1173355-REG/asus_90ac00p0_bbt001_zenpower_10050mah_portable_battery.html)
Focus Quickstrap Shoulder strap (https://www.amazon.com/Focus-F-1-Quick-Shoulder-Cameras/dp/B00J2NVJ7O)
Favorite Artist(s): W. Eugene Smith (https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/w-eugene-smith/) Tatsuo Suzuki (http://justatoy.pixu.com/)
My interest in photography began on the streets of Paris, France in 1991. Armed with eleven disposable cameras, I explored the City of Light to document my lifelong dream of visiting the city. Two years later, I returned to Paris – this time with a real camera – and I was forever hooked on photography. Although gainfully employed in the banking industry in Chicago, I continued to follow my passion for photography. Now, after 35 years in the banking industry, I’m working full-time as a photographer in California’s Bay Area, concentrating on street, stock and travel-oriented photography. I’ve been published in magazines, newspapers, books and travel guides.
Carnival music video (inspiration): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ_Wqtnlv4U