Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu, Nepal (2008)
In December an editor at the Mamiya Blog found their way to my site and took a look around. Long story short, he enjoyed the work and asked me to do an interview for their blog. I was happy to oblige and the resulting post was published over the holiday’s. We spoke about my approach to shooting, history and (of course) about the equipment I use. Here is a small excerpt from the piece…
After graduating from Newhouse, Wood printed for Steve McCurry for five months and acted as his digital coordinator, saving up money for a trip to Nepal. Staying four months and shooting 250 rolls of 220 Kodachrome with his Mamiya 645 and Sekonic meter, he “walked the valley, stayed away from the computer, and made pictures,” he says. When asked about his concentration of portraits taken of the Nepalese, Wood discusses the turning point in his career. “Even though I grew up having great respect for those documentarians and photojournalists, I realized I didn’t want to come back with the stereotypical National Geographic shots. That’s why I made the choice to move toward portraits. I really like working one-on-one with people, talking to them, finding out what their lives are like. I hope, in the end, my photos don’t look like a photographer went to Katmandu Valley and came back with a story about the Katmandu Valley. Instead, I want it to look like I went there and came back with my own perspective on the place and the people I met.”
In the end, I think they did a pretty good job representing my thoughts and for that I am grateful. It’s been a wild couple weeks of travel for me, but the labor will soon bear fruits. Last Wednesday, I found myself in Red Hook, NY on assignment for The Globe Sunday Magazine. Stay tuned for new work and behind the scenes from the road!