For this week's interview we gassed up the jet and pointed it towards Sapulpa, Oklahoma. And if you've ever been to Okalahoma, you know one of the only things to do there is to spend an afternoon chatting with none other than Gary Box!
SeniorInspire Hey, Gary! It's been awhile. After years of being a youngish gun in photography, how does it feel heading into your elder statesman phase?
Gary Box I was picked as one of the original six SPI Young Guns in 1996. Not many really knew me then. We were deemed "ones to watch". Somehow I've been lucky enough to have stayed around long enough to become an old fart, LOL. I absolutely love knowing how many people I have been fortunate enough to have had an influence on in the senior industry.
SI Have you made the switch to mirrorless? If you have, is there anything you're missing about DSLR's?
GB For portraits, I am loving mirrorless using the Canon R5. However, I've tried shooting sports with it, and I think my trusty 1Dx Mark II DSLR still wins for shooting sports. Not getting rid of it any time soon. No RF lenses yet. Since I have almost every EF lens made, including a lot of large and fast lenses, I am using the adapter on the R5.
SI Between workshops and your Facebook group, you get asked A LOT of questions. What's the one question you wish no one would ever ask you again?
GB I wish nobody would ever ask what question I don't want to get asked again!
SI Ooooh, sick burn!
GB Lol. Really, I can't think of a question that I roll my eyes at. If people are asking, they're wanting to know. I love helping them understand more, so anything is a valid question.
SI You know a lot of amazing facts about photography. What's the most obscure photography related thing you know?
GB The Scheimpflug Movement.
SI What’s something photography related you bought that was expensive, but totally worth it?
GB My Kodak 560 camera was SIX megapixels and cost $21,000 for body only. Seem like a lot. But in those days, I was spending $100+ every day just in FILM. So it didn't take that long to pay for.
SI What's the most cans of Mountain Dew you drank in a day?
GB Haha. I used to drink an average of 8 cans a day. I've probably done as many as 12. You wonder where my energy comes from??? Now I typically try to limit it to 3 or 4 a day
SI Is there a photographer or other artist you follow for inspiration?
GB There are a good number of them. Some I follow just for their sheer talent of creating images. People like Kimberly Smith, Richard Sturdevant, Erich Caparas and others. Some I follow for their business aspirations, like the Martens and the Clarks. If they can do BOTH, then I really am in awe.
SI Are you going to be hosting any workshops this year or next?
GB I will probably be doing an in studio UBOX workshop next spring, but I don't have the dates set. I also teach at Texas School for an immersive week. If you are attending ImagingUSA this coming January, I am teaching an all day pre-con class.
SI Having taken your week long class twice, I can vouch for the fact that you do love your Dew and you don't hold back anything when you're teaching. Anyone looking to up their game should go ahead and bookmark your UBox website right now and keep an eye out for the next class.
Also, if you're not one of the 13,000+ members of Gary's Inside the Box Facebook Group, stop what you're doing and get yourself joined up pronto!