Baran-Unland: Why do you enjoy it?
I am artistic so I feel the need to be creative. Photography is just one of the ways I express myself. Good photography is all about the light, framing and composition. I like the challenge of getting it right.
Baran-Unland: What types of subject matter do you like to shoot and why?
Hafey: I do not have a preference and I hope that the photographs on exhibit will make that clear to the viewers.
A good photograph is a good photograph. Different subject matter may make one photograph more appealing than another to the viewer, but to me, as the photographer, all subjects are appealing. They all hold the potential to be the subject of a great photograph.
My subjects range from edgy to serene. I recently had a photo selected for the Art of Illinois show held at Gallery Seven in Lockport. It pictured a homeless man lying on a sidewalk in Chicago.That photo caused viewers to feel uneasy.
Baran-Unland: Where do you find your inspiration?
Hafey: Literally everywhere. I see the world through a rectangular frame. My photographic eye is always framing shots even when I do not have a camera in my hand.
Early last spring I started carrying my Nikon camera, fitted with a 70-300mm zoom lens, with me while I hiked the same 3 to 4-mile section of the Waterfall Glen trail. I continued hiking, and taking photographs, on that same section of the trail almost daily for the next nine months.
This caused me to really focus on every detail of the flora and fauna along the trail. It became inspirational. I woke up each day anticipating my daily hike. What would I see and photograph today? I ended up with a file of beautiful photographs that I hope to exhibit somewhere. The exhibit will be titled, “A Year at Waterfall Glen.”
Baran-Unland: Digital or film? Which do you prefer? Why?
Hafey: Digital for so many reasons. A few of them are the Instantaneous feedback and the ability to reshoot a photo. Then there is the ability to crop and edit your work using a phone or laptop.
Digital photography and cell phones have made us all photographers. But it is only those who understand light, framing and composition that shoot quality photographs.
Baran-Unland: What, or where, would you like to shoot that you haven't yet?
Hafey: I am just an amateur photographer. I do not have a list of subjects or places I want to shoot. I just take what life gives me and take photographs. I have had the good fortune to be able to travel both for work and fun.
That has certainly allowed me to photograph people, places and things others might not have access to, yet anyone can take a hike at Waterfall Glen. I find my inspiration where I am.