VNDL: Describe your work/process.

SG: Mostly photojournalism. I like the documentary stuff the best. Has been quite a good year for that. …and a little architecture.

I don’t click away like a lot of guys I see. I tend to know what I’m looking for and, I hope, give it some thought before I impose. I think it’s about respect. I hope that shows in the work. As far as the final product, it’s all about emotion. Have to be emotional images.


What have you been up to recently (trips, projects, work)?

I haven’t really had to leave home recently. With Occupy Wall Street and Hurricane Sandy, there’s been quite a bit going on long-term. Shorter term stuff has been a book down in Florida in the early part of the year then shot for a Hollywood movie in the middle… then Sandy blew in. Took the wife to Bermuda in September just before, so had fun going and doing a little tourism stuff.

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Favorite Quote?

Oh, so many good ones….but has to be “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”- Gandhi

Can you give any advice to other creatives/aspiring artists?

Commitment, hands down… for this sort of work.  There’s a lot of waiting around to get that right shot. It doesn’t always happen immediately and it certainly cannot be staged. Be interested in what you’re shooting too. Be educated about it so that you really understand the story before you try to grab it visually.


What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

Russian Circles has gotten much of my recent attention. Good jammin’ out, late night, photoshoppin’, wife-in-bed music. A time to be in the zone.

I go through stages. Will listen to Miles Davis one week and then switch it up to Hendrix then Stone Roses then Tool. Whatever, really.

Reading Peter Bergen’s “Manhunt” right now. The authority on Osama and a fact-filled treasure trove of information. This guy knows his stuff. Also into fiction. Bukowski, Kerouac, Irvine Welsh, James Clavell. Some life-altering words were uttered in those books.

Uh, T.V. I shut that off. Down to basic T.V., really for the wife. Was sick of the nonsense. Bad energy in my house. I do like “Frontline” on PBS though.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I dunno’. Broke again? I keep waiting for the bottom to drop out of this thing. I love what I do and feel blessed to be able to do it. It feels like a gift I’ll have to return at some point. Every day I spend with it is precious. My wife’s a big part of that. Supportive of what I do….come nothing. I could never do it without her. Anyhow, to answer the question, I hope I’d be more learned about my craft… and my partner. I think some people improve with age and I hope I’m one of them. I guess I’d also want to have had some positive impact. I know that sounds kinda’ cheesy but, yeah, I’d like that.


Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

I’m always looking at other people’s work…..maybe too much some times. Influences would be Seamus Murphy, Nachtwey….of course, McCurry….of course, Salgado, Kratochvil. Ashley Gilbertson does some really thoughtful stuff…as does Spenser Platt. Robert King’s coverage of Syria is impactful. As far as guys coming through the ranks, check out John Minchillo, Andrew Kelly and Charles Meacham.

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Steven Greaves is a photographer based out of Brooklyn, NY.





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