While Pursuit of Portraits' very own Community Lead, Karston "Skinny" Tannis (@Skinnywashere), is well known for his photography, he is increasingly developing a reputation for his growing work in videography. We sat down with Karston to learn more about how he transitioned into working with moving images, his experiences so far, and his tips for aspiring videographers.
1. When did you first start to call yourself a photographer and videographer?
I started calling myself a photographer in 2009 after shooting with film cameras for a year. It was actually much easier to acquire a video camera in early 2001, which was used primarily to document my BMX adventures.
2. How has Instagram changed how you capture videos?
Instagram has challenged me to create compelling video within its parameters -- conveying scenes and emotion in a hyper lapsed atmosphere.
3. What is the best moment you’ve captured on film?
The best moment I've captured on film is from a long overdue family trip to our home island of Bequia. It'sa beautiful island off the coast of St. Vincent. It was also the last encounter with my grandfather who was 97 at the time. I was able to capture my family in their native land, soaking it all in with memories for a lifetime. (To watch the video, please visit: https://vimeo.com/user7041525/ktvincy)
4. What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced while filming?
The biggest challenge I've had while filming is wanting to be in the scene as well. Often you compile many images that you're not a part of.
5. How do you keep a video moving? How do you find the right rhythm?
Rhythm is crucial for film. The editing process helps to reaffirm the vision. I use music to set the tone and edit from there.
6. What advice do you have for aspiring videographers just starting out?
My only advice is to get out there and do what you love. Everything you need is literally at your fingertips. Stay true to yourself and make it happen.
Interview by: Jennifer O'Brien, Marketing Strategist at PoP
Photos & Video by: @skinnywashere, Community Lead at PoP