James Wellford: The Senior Photo Editor for Global Issues at National Geographic Magazine at Washington DC is himself. He had also been the Editorial Director at Visura, a contributing photo editor at Foreign Policy of CNN and Smithsonian Journeys. Throughout a hold of 12 years he had been the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine. One of the Knight Wallace Fellows from the University of Michigan includes himself. His works with other photographers has been honored at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYI, American Photo, Visa Pour L’Image, PX 3 and NPPA.
His profile also includes curation of photography and multimedia shows- those addressing topical issues in the world. He has been entitled to the jury of Magnum Energy Fund, The Tim Hetherington Trust Award, The Catchlight Awards, Visa Pour L’Image, POYi, The Aperture Paris PhotoBook Award, and the Overseas Press Club. He has also had a membership in 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum. He is the co-founder of ScreenProjects which is an organization rounding up ways to create or support or deliver powerful visual and narrative stories, end to end on globe.
The genesis of photography in their life: ever since his early days, photography has lapped into his life whilst he was making pictures and reading photobooks. By the force of this flow, he landed up with his first job at Gamma-Liaison, New York. He also recounts how time has eased the lab hours through prints, negatives & slides.
The discipline of photography for them is: he is consistent in his cite about photography as the ‘windows to world’. In his belief, photography makes you travel just by dialing up imagination. Every moment carries the extraordinary, and your presence in the moment with the best of this skill..takes you there.
The influencers of influencer: he draws aura from old & contemporary paintings, only to realise that emotional impact or sense of feeling emerge from what we see. Since great images can freeze you right there yet explode your mind into specks of imagination. The listicle adds also, Larry Burrows at war, Stephen Shore with Landscapes, Diane Arbus & Ralph Eugene Meatyard with their portraits and many more have beguiled him.
They quote about their inspiration: it is a trifecta of Weather, Architecture & Children (his).
Reminiscing their career graph: his career built up into a rock solid one by having a way for some actions. Developing relationships with creative people; reading; looking; asking questions; learning.
Opinionating on mobile photography conjuncted with conformable pathway of photography: acquiring a compelling image is still a challenge. It is also that any medium of visuality is valuable in this day which is the truth to many a stupendous work in sight even amidst an overnumerous generation of images. A photographer’s life is also discorded by their financial spendfulness in possessing a precisive camera. Although a film camera might be costlier than digital or mobile, yet there is a speciality in skill, patience & craft of working visually with it. If given the chance to work with film camera, you shall reap more benefits.
Sprinkling some advice on urged photographers: “Be curious. Be persistent. Be patient. Be committed. “
They view the trade between photofestivals and a photographer as like: the chakra of opportunities to develop much needed & creative communities, energy to work around visual narratives, inspiration of ideas.