Thursday, October 10, 2013
PHOTOGRAPHER EDIANNE KANNADY
Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing landscape photographer. Edianne Kannady is a corporate marketing specialist by day and moonlights as a "just-for-fun" shutterbug. She has quite an eye for capturing nature's stunning beauty in panoramic photos. Recently I sat down with Edianne for the delightful interview below.
PK: "Welcome to Vision & Verse, Edianne. It was very gracious of you to accept our
invitation for an interview."
EK: "Thank you, it's wonderful to be here and to see you again...and please call me
PK: "Ok, would you tell our readers how you got involved in photography?"
EK: "Sure, it all kind of came together after a vacation many years ago. I fell in love
with the landscapes of Yosemite National Park. I had a simple film camera that
took pretty decent pictures. I had some of those enlarged and framed and the
next thing I knew the photo bug had bitten me and I bought a nicer camera and
here I am."
PK: "I notice that your panoramas are characteristically simple compositions. Is that
EK: "Actually yes. After taking hundreds of photos, I found that the less "clutter"
in a picture the more you're able to appreciate the real beauty of the shot. In
this case, less really is more."
PK: "Your photos are fabulous and quite popular with those who know your work, but
you've refrained from taking them public. Why is that?"
EK: "They say I'm crazy, but my photography is very personal to me. It's my world
to escape into. As meditation is personal to one who practices it, that's how I
view my photos. Now, I'm not completely selfish (laughing). I do give my
photos as gifts to family and friends....in fact I think you possess one or two of
PK: "Yes I do. One of them is featured with this interview.. Is there any one place that
you've photographed that you would consider your favorite?"
EK: "That's a tough one, but I really love the uncomplicated terrain of the Great
Salt Lake and the Grand Canyon. The vastness, the sheer size, both are so
fascinating to shoot."
PK: "Ok Edi, this is where we switch gears and torture our interviewees with silly
EK: "OMG....sounds like fun."
PK: "What do you like to do outside of your job and your photography?"
EK: "Sleep!! (laughing) I really like to make candy, you know, like that rock candy.
There's something cathartic about smashing it into little pieces." (laughing)
PK: "And what do you dislike or avoid doing?"
EK: "Oh god, I hate, hate, hate, cleaning the bathroom?"
PK: "Who is your favorite photographer?"
EK: "Me! (laughing) no, seriously, I love Annie Liebovitz."
PK: "Who influenced your life most?"
EK: "My dad. I watched him struggle through hard times, losing his job, and doing
whatever he could to provide for his family. I put that determination into
everything that I do."
PK: "Ok, now the lightning round of one-word answers. Which do you prefer?
Coffee or tea?"
PK: "Dogs or cats?"
PK: "Drive or fly?"
PK: "London or Paris?"
PK: "Winter or summer?"
EK: "Summer....up north. (laughing)
PK: "Bounty or Brawny?"
PK: "E-mail or Snail mail?"
PK: "Action flick or Romantic Comedy?"
EK: "Action flick."
PK: "Name and author of the last book you read?"
EK: "Life After Life: A Novel, by Kate Atkinson."
PK: "What words do you live by?"
EK: "I don't take myself too seriously, I don't sweat the small stuff, and I turn
everything I do into an adventure."
PK: "Any final words of wisdom for our readers?"
EK: "Just find your passion in life and live it to the fullest."
PK: "Thank you Edi, it's been a delight having you here with us. We're looking
forward to seeing your future photos. Much success in all that you do."
EK: "Thank you so much.....can we do this again real soon?" (laughing)
Panorama image above, "Ayers Rock, Austrailia, by Edianne Kannady