5 Minutes with a ViewPoint Member An Interview with Terry Humphries by Angela Creaser, October 2016
Angela: You worked as an English and History teacher, how has your knowledge of history influenced your photography?
Terry:Strongly, in that I do attempt to evoke the emotion that participants felt in a given situation.
Angela: Given your interest in photographing architecture, is there any period in history that you are particularly drawn to, that influences what you like to take photographs of? If so, please explain or describe the images.
Terry:Georgian architecture really interests me due to the close relationship between the UK and Atlantic Canada. for me it serves to underline the bonds between the two locations. Province house in Halifax is a beautiful example and Saint John’s, New Brunswick has some lovely Georgian buildings. I love and respect the attention to detail.
Angela: Your website bio states that you can’t remember a time when you didn’t have a camera nearby. Why photography and not drawing or painting?
Terry:It’s something about the blend of imagination, vison, engineering, and science really appeals to my imagination and soul.
Angela: You’ve also stated in your bio, that your passion is landscape photography. Do you prefer landscapes with water or do you prefer landscapes with mountains? Please explain.
Terry:This one is easy. I am a navy Brat. My family roots are planted deep in western Newfoundland. The boundary where land and sea meet, greet and fight has and will be a lifelong fascination for me. That’s where I try to show my emotions and thought.
Angela: Probably not a fair question to ask, to pick one image, but is there one image from your Newfoundland collection that exemplifies the emotion and thought you are trying to share?
Terry:There is one image, of Bonne Bay taking in mid-July 2015. My Mother and I were on a tour boat. The emotion the image evokes is one of wonder and contentment in equal measures.
Angela: If you had one piece of advice for an aspiring landscape photographer, what would it be?
Terry:Relax and let yourself see.
Angela: What is the best piece of advice you've received and why?
Terry:Keep shooting. It’s simple but true.
Angela: What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Terry:The most memorable is when two people thanked me with tears in their eyes for evoking a place dear to them.
Angela: Is there any particular project that you are working on now that you can tell us about?
Terry: I'm afraid not (sigh).
Angela: Here are your last five questions; what is your favorite…
History show?Time Team
Book?Guns of August
Whiskey?Scapa (little known but excellent, with just a dash of water)