A big part of Westcott's journey is finding amazing photographers along the way. We love to feature photographers every once in a while that have impressed us in some way.
This feature is dedicated to a photographer named Steve Horsfall. We found him while at FOCUS on Imaging in the United Kingdom in March 2011 - or better yet, he found us.
A little about Steve Horsfall
Westcott: What was your first camera?
Steve: My first camera, given to me by my dad, came free with a subscription to Time magazine. This fixed focus camera had a 50mm lens with the aperture indicated using cloud to full sun icons. I will always remember my first accidental double exposure shot taken with this camera, showing one of my friends seeming to appear through a castle wall.
Westcott: How long have you been a photographer?
Steve: Although I have taken photos from an early age, I would only consider myself a photographer for the last four and a half years. Having worked previously within the media industry on music and tv productions, stills have now become my passion and lately I have been trying to introduce a more cinematic look to images as I develop my digital painting skills to produce more intricate backgrounds to add my subjects into.
Westcott: Who has been your inspiration?
Steve: Like many photographers, I could list a large amount of people who have influenced me, but Joel Grimes, Dave Hill & Joey L. have to be at the top of my list. The level of detail, cinematic look and grittiness of their work has always astounded me. Leading me to start shooting my own HDR backgrounds, trying new lighting techniques and adding multiple elements into the shot during post processing.
Westcott: How was your shootout experience at FOCUS with Westcott?
Steve: The Westcott stand at Focus was like a magnet to me – a hive of energy and activity, great technical expertise, top of the line lighting equipment and live sets with models for us all to shoot. The continuous light sources were so quick and easy to work with and had a fantastic quality of light. Within seconds of getting chance to take some shots of the steam punk themed model I had a vision of her in a gritty looking hangar with barrage balloon and all antique toned.
Westcott: Any future plans or events you host?
Steve: As for what's next, I have been lucky enough over the last few months to work with a movie production company, producing development visuals and movie posters. Being able to utilize both photography and design to create a finished product is a dream come true and hope to continue down this route as both moving and still images are a
true love of mine.