We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Murray and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Born in Asheville, NC. I spent many years in Raleigh – the first 7 as a photojournalist at the N&O where I went from a fresh out of school newbie to a seasoned photographer. When you work for a newspaper you learn to work fast. This served me well when I later started a commercial photo biz. Over the years I produced hundreds of images for ads, posters, brochures + annual reports and then in 1990 I began filming also TV commercials. My specialty was producing both print and TV with one crew.
My early roots shooting B&W for the newspaper have always guided my image making with a sense for strong composition. I converted a camera to shoot infrared and I use it to capture B&W IR images.
The last few years I have been mostly traveling – which is my favorite thing. First to amazing Iceland for 4 weeks, then to Asia for 3 months – Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. Last December through April I spent exploring the SouthWest in my 19ft travel trailer hitting some of the places on my “bucket list” and a few new discoveries. Snow, rain, wind or shine I still had a blast every day.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The last few years I have finally developed some patience. Staying longer for just the right light, sometimes even an extra day to get that perfect image. And I’ve gotten back to why I became a photographer in the first place — to capture those beautiful and interesting moments that I find along my journey.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Carol F. Fantelli. An amazing artist – pottery, stained glass and painting. Spouse for 25 years and friend for over 40. She has given support and encouragement every step of the way.