Tue Aug 21, 2018, 6:00 AM
Your home for everything nature!
Each month, NaturesHaven will shine a special light on one of it's members by doing an interview!
This month, we're talking to Monkeystyle3000
First of all, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions! Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Howdy! My DA name is Monkeystyle3000, but I occasionally go by Renee as well. I’ve loitered the mean, virtual streets of DeviantArt for 8 years because of the astonishing amount of inspiration and talent that is found here. I originally created an account on DA to showcase my fledgling skills in plushie design, but later devoted my submissions primarily to my photographic doodling.
How would you describe your art?
My main focus is photography with an emphasis on nature and animals. I make my home in Las Vegas, which is also the source of much of my inspiration. The Mojave Desert is filled with brilliantly colorful mountain ranges and a variety of plant and wildlife suited to live in its extreme environment that I love documenting with my camera. There is so much more to Las Vegas than soulless video poker machines and black jack tables and I enjoy showcasing that point in my images.
What would you say is unique about your art genre?
I’ve only been using a digital camera for about 4 years and it is a tool I am still learning how to use. The genre of photography has changed dramatically over the last decade. For several years I actually used to work in traditional photographic labs where we were still using dark rooms for developing film and using photographic enlargers to create images. It’s so different now! Easier in some ways, but still a paradigm shift when you are used to creating images in a darkroom. I think most traditional painters can sympathize with how their artistic medium was affected so dramatically by technology as well. I mean, you can still incorporate traditional photography techniques, but digital has made the process easier to execute the final product.
What part about nature inspires you the most?
I am incredibly lucky to work in an environment where there is an abundance of nature right outside my office. From the parking lot to my desk I will happen upon a variety of flora and fauna- dragonflies, hummingbirds, ground squirrels, and gray foxes are a few of the animals that may peer at me as I make my way through the property. My camera is always slung over my shoulder so I can be ready to take advantage of any photographic opportunities that may arise. It’s hard not to be inspired by the variety and complexities that nature shows us. It’s a gift I never take for granted.
If you had to choose a favorite piece from your nature gallery, which would it be and why?
That’s a tough one. I’m much too prolific for my own good, but if I had to choose one it would be "Kissy Face" - pictured above.
I get so much enjoyment and happiness watching antelope squirrels. Baby antelope squirrels are particularly adorable and cause me to make strange whimpering sounds when I am photographing them. They are just so fricking cute!
What kind of tools or equipment do you use to create your nature art?
I have modest equipment and operate an older Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera. The lens I currently use for most of my wildlife photography is a basic Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM which is a great all around lens, but I also incorporate a EF-S10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM for landscape stuff and a EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM for close-up stuff. I don’t do a ton of photographic manipulation, but I’ll use PhotoShop or Windows Photo Editor to clean up images in post-production.
What advice do you have for your fellow artists?
I think the struggle for most artists is getting your voice heard and finding others that appreciate what your particular creative vision has to say. Self-doubt can be crippling, but keep your motivation and your passion strong and love what you do. Be open to criticism and use it as an opportunity to continue growing your awesomeness.
Now for a feature of Monkeystyle3000's work!
I am so humbled and happy that I was chosen for this interview. Thank you so much for the opportunity to talk about what I love!
She's very good and has taken some excellent photos!
She is and she has Very happy to have had the pleasure to talk to her!
Wonderful feature for a very talented photographer!
Brilliant interview! Thanks for sharing!