Gerald D. Cline II
Where I am
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I am not from anywhere yet from everywhere – my father was in the Navy, so we moved around a lot. As a young adult, I also served in the Navy from 1985 to 1994, and thus continued to move around. I settled back in Florida in the mid ‘90s, reaching Central Florida in 2008. I’m an example of a multi-careered individual, having worked in the restaurant industry, graphics design, and website development and hosting.
Photography was a hobby and a passion, and a few years ago I decided to make it my professional direction.
When did you take your first picture?
1990 with my first 35mm Canon camera.
What kind of camera do you use?
Olympus E-510 DSLR
If you could pick any camera (regardless of price) what would it be?
Canon 5D Mark II
What made you first start photographing horses?
In 2008, I shot some photos for a horse trainer I was working with – it felt natural and I received a positive response.
I began going to shows on my own, taking photos as an amateur hobbyist, and next thing I knew I had horse owners and trainers asking me to do farm calls.
What other subjects do you enjoy snapping?
Birds, wildlife and children.
Do you (or did you) have a specific animal that is the muse behind your work?
Horses, of course! I am also living for the day I capture a bald eagle in the wild with my lens.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on photography?
It will broaden the market, allowing photographers worldwide exposure to their talent.
Has it had an effect on yours?
Broadened exposure, and the ability to meet a wide variety of people inside and outside of the industry.
Which one is your personal favorite image?
Space Coast Fair – the shot of the young man in the fair ride swing perfectly centered in the setting sun.
What else are you passionate about?
Working on anything new?
Looking forward to starting a family.
What is your ultimate goal?
To own a horse farm with a bed & breakfast in Montana.
More to Come
Thanks to Gerald for answering the interview and sharing his work. Be sure to check out his photography site periodically for updates about his latest works.
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