Photographer Chrisopher Morrison Interview
“The appeal of the black and white photography”
Christopher Morrison, please tell us a bit about yourself and your universe?
I was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and raised in Halifax. I attended a Buddhist high school where the teachers really pushed me to follow an artistic path in life. I studied painting for a year at NSCAD before moving to Montreal and studying Philosophy at Concordia University. I knew after four and a half years of not following art that I wasn´t happy, so I attended Dawson´s Institute of Photography where after two years I graduated with top portfolio. I knew then that a life of creating art was what I was truly meant to do. I can´t imagine a day without taking a photo. This past year I won Applied Arts Single Portrait Competition for 2017.
Were you always interested in Art growing up?. How did you come to photography?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been doing some form of art. When I was younger, sketching charcoal portraits was my main medium. I came into photography at NSCAD when I took a dark room photography class and the teacher told me I should become a photographer. I didn’t know it at the time but by having my teacher believe in me, it would change my life for the better.
What sort of photography do you specialize in?
I specialize in portraiture. I love human connection and being able to hear people’s stories. Ever since I was a kid, I have always been fascinated by people and their struggles and joys in life.
What motivates you to continue taking pictures economically, politically, intellectually or emocionally?
Emotionally, I take photographs because it helps me make sense of things. I truly feel a good photographer will try and capture the emotions someone is trying to hide. I can’t imagine not taking a photo throughout my day. I guess there’s a childlike love for it when I capture an image that truly makes me feel something authentic inside. When I’m behind the camera, I feel that untainted feeling of excitement like when you experience your first crush.
What's the best piece of advise you've been given?
Keep it simple. That advice was given to me by a teacher at Dawson College. It was the first time I was really praised for my work as a photographer after I had decided to seriously pursue it. Ever since then, I have religiously stuck to that philosophy, and it has rewarded me time and time again.