IN CONVERSATION WITH VICKI WINDMAN
Vicki Windman is a Boston based photographer with a passion for street. She enjoys showing authentic moments, often focusing in closely on her human subjects. In her photographs, Vicki shows us beauty in the everyday details of her immediate world, no matter how mundane it may appear at first glance.
"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith."
When did you start getting interested in photography?
My dad was an amateur photographer, he had a great eye for irony. After an injury I had to come up with a way to find happiness, I had a mirrorless camera and decided to take a class...that was it I was hooked.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I find my inspiration on the streets. I fell in love with Coney Island because of its authenticity. I felt like time stood still and memories flooded back to simpler times. I also love people. I love engaging with the people I meet. Sometimes I just snap...other times I banter.
Who are your favourite artists/photographers? Who has mostly influenced your style?
Hands down Vivian Maier is my favorite photographer. I also love Diane Arbus, Helen Levitt, Elliott Erwitt and Martin Parr. I think Vivian Maier influenced me the most because of who she was and how she looked at people, especially children.
Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?
I think there is continuity in my style. I am willing to take more chances now and try different techniques. I have also slowed down looking more for the decisive moment.
Where is your favourite place to shoot?
Coney Island, Williamsburg and now that I have moved to Boston I think it will be Revere Beach.
Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?
I have bought and sold so many cameras until I found two that work for me. So yes the equipment has helped me with my vision. If I had the opportunity to talk to someone first starting out I would suggest a camera without so many bells and whistles. I started with my iPhone. I also think if you want to learn take a class just in learning how to use your camera.
What characteristics do you think you need to become a photographer? What’s your tips or advice for someone in your genre?
I believe to become a photographer you need to take pictures everyday. Take chances life is short so go with your gut. I am a street photographer. The best tip I can give is practice asking people - you have to smile- though right now is more difficult because of COVID.
Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?
Photography has been my first experience in the art world. I grew up with a very talented mother who is a designer. I believe her eye and my dad's humor groomed me for the art world.
Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?
Right now I am documenting COVID - I hope I can photograph it in a different slant than others.
If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?...
This is a great question! I honestly don’t know what I would be doing as I am limited physically. My other passion is technology so I probably would be engaging more in the world of apps.