We arrived at Mr. Quiring’s studio a few minutes before he did. Looking at his suite door painted red it stood out from all other warehouse doors creating a seductive sense of curiosity to what lies behind the door. Once inside I was amazed at the layout and how the studio was set up to maximize space. We sat at a sofa and coffee table where a bronze mermaid statue dove to the floor with her fish tail reaching upward to the open ceiling.
I started the interview like the others trying to get at the heart of how Gary Quiring started his career. Gary told me he was always artistic working in numerous other mediums; design, sculpture, and metal work were the areas he spent most of his time in school at Yuba City JC. Soon he made it over to Butte College, the early days where the campus was more spread out. Here Gary took photography as any young student and found that he took to it very well. He was soon in the darkroom at all possible times, sometimes over night teaching himself the craft with the blessing of his professors.
Gary has been doing photography for more than 40 years. He started shooting in his home and through the years moved into the space we were meeting as the business developed and out grew the space in his home. Gary revealed another transition like moving his studio that caused some issue, which was moving from film photography to digital photography. Gary who I quickly found had the knack of story telling told me how he saw the writing on the wall that digital photography was going to take over yet he went kicking and screaming, as they say, before the purchase of his first digital camera body setting him back $5,000.00. From that moment Gary realized what he had been missing with digital he found he had much more control and it became very useful in showing progress through out a shoot as the shot would be readily available on the lcd screen on digital cameras.
I mentioned Gary was a very sociable guy that had a pletora of stories to tell, more than I could put in this post. Yet through our talk Gary told me of trips some self-assigned working trips, some just for pleasure to places like Thailand, Mexico, and Cambodia. Gary even went on to share with me his love of wine making, a hobby he does in his free time even giving me a bottle of Syrah to take home with me.
Finally I asked Gary if he wasn’t doing photography as a profession what would he think he would be doing? As an always-creative person Gary said it would be hard to say yet he believes photography for him was the best choice of all, as it has afforded him the ability to live and work in his home town and abroad building a lifestyle that suits his person. Yet if he could have been doing something else it may have been metal sculpting or some other form of creative outlet.
I saw a great deal of myself, or at least what I aspire to be in Gary. 40 plus years of working in an industry as photography says a lot. Weathering technological changes, to relocation and development of his studio shows his ability to adapt and become something more, which is the sign of a progressive man. If you’d like to schedule your own shoot with Gary or even just get a quote you can find him @ garyquiringphotography.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530.342.2602.
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