It is no secret that at CEWE, we have a huge amount of admiration for Music Photographer, Christie Goodwin. So much so, Christie has recorded a special talk – How to Capture Our Beautiful World – for The Photography Show on Sunday 20th and Monday 21st September 2020. We’re so thrilled she is joining us at this virtual event and we can’t wait for you to see what she has in store!
Christie was the UK representative at the CEWE Photo Award, and we’re so pleased to be working with her again. To celebrate, we wanted more insight into her amazing career and to discuss her involvement with The Photography Show.
To recap, Christie Goodwin is a British photographer with a career that spans over thirty-five years, having picked up the camera at the age of twelve. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Art Photography, and initially shot fashion assignments but soon became restless and left the fashion world behind her. For a good decade, she shot mainly fine art projects and held regular exhibitions to showcase her work.
It wasn’t until 2005 when she was commissioned to shoot a live performance that Christie found her true calling. After that first assignment, she hung up her editorial hat and became a full-time music and entertainment photographer.
What is The Photography Show?
Whether you’re a seasoned professional or keen enthusiast, The Photography Show & The Video Show’ Virtual Festival is a must-visit event. Inspiring talks meet expert advice and innovative products, to help you build up your skills and creativity to capture a fresh perspective – from the comfort of your own home.
Over to you, Christie.
What draws you to The Photography Show?
The Photography Show is a must visit for every level of photographer – I mainly seek inspiration at the show.
What will you be discussing in your talk?
Photography today has become a cacophony of freeze-frames and selfies. Millions of pictures are uploaded every minute of the day and the same millions of pictures have a shelf life of 30 seconds. In our new digital age, photography is readily available and, unfortunately, a good picture is soon becoming an endangered species. A photograph is a very powerful tool if used correctly. It can inform you about something that has happened, it can change your mind, it can move you, it can remind you or it can entice you to buy a certain product. Whatever the reason the picture is used for, it has a goal to send a message from your eyes to your brain.
There is nothing like a still photograph to convey emotion and the significance of a particular moment. That is why I will talk about the power of photography and expand a little on the visual language and how to use it. I will also share pro tips to shoot beautiful photographs and I’ll also be happy to answer any questions. I’m hoping people will walk away motivated to take better pictures.
At The Photography Show there will be a panel dedicated to ‘Women Who Photo & Film.’ What has your experience been like as a woman in photography?
It’s been a long 35-year uphill battle – I’ve lived through it all! There was sexism when I was a fashion photographer to a point where some people straight up told me I wouldn’t get the job because I was a woman. When I was an editorial photographer, I saw men getting the better jobs from the editor while I got the leftovers. I’ve been pushed to the back at political gatherings I had to cover because men could do the job better.
The most important thing that I tell myself every day is that talent doesn’t have a gender.
Today, I’m a Music Photographer and I find that it’s still a male dominated world where women are few. Due to all my negative experiences, I have toughened up over the years and I don’t let myself be pushed to the back anymore.
Do you have any advice for women/girls looking to pick up a camera?
Believe in yourself because it might take a while before others believe in you.
Which photographers influenced you, and how did they influence your thinking, photographing, and career path?
I’ve always admired female photographers who dared to step outside of the box, outside of the conventional. I love how Diane Arbus tackled marginalised people and often photographed people on the fringes of society, including the mentally ill, transgender people, and circus performers. I also admire that she was supposed to be her husband’s assistant as he was the principal photographer, but history has taught us that her work has surpassed his. Like I said, talent doesn’t have a gender.
I love Nan Goldin’s very intimate work with the gay subculture. She created this snapshot style long before the digital cameras, and today her style is the world we live in, a self-absorbed often revelatory world through Instagram and other social media channels.
I am fascinated with Linda McCartney’s take on Music Photography. She was there right at the beginning when Music Photography exploded onto the world through Rolling Stone Magazine. She stayed away from the conventional and static, and instead created images that were tinted with a sense of humour.
What motivates you to continue taking photographs?
It’s this drive, this need, this urge to capture something beautiful that I feel needs to be captured or frozen in time, so it can be admired for an eternity.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That it was going to be a never-ending learning process!
How do you push yourself to evolve your photography?
I explore the work of other photographers on a daily basis, I explore many different art forms and I visit exhibitions of other artists. All that information mushed together pushes me to re-think, re-create and evolve.
Thank you, Christie!
If you want to read more about Christie, we have a blog post that focuses on her work with music and celebrities (and a candid story involving Usher!)