The 505 – Bill Stengel

Bill Stengel

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1. Where did you grow up and how did you come to live in New Mexico? I grew up on Long Island, 30 miles outside of NYC. My now-wife and I stopped here for a week to visit some of her friends during May of 2005 while on a road trip. On getting back to the East Coast, we packed up our stuff and moved to Santa Fe – on a whim, I suppose.

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2. What lessons has photography taught you? To look for a different perspective.

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3. What person has most influenced you, or your photography? Can you tell me about him or her? That’s practically impossible for me to answer. I could say my high school photo teacher, or my dad who gave me a camera to keep me occupied while working with him on a whale watch boat when I was a kid; but I see influence as a continuum in which everything or everyone we’ve ever been exposed to has a stake.

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4. Do you have any passions or talents outside of your work? Right now, if I’m not working I’m chasing my kids around. It’s one or the other – I need to make more time for extracurricular activities.

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5. If you could photograph anyone or anything living now or at any point in history, who would it be and why? What camera would you want to use? Werner Herzog. Which camera would be irrelevant: I’d use the shoot as an excuse to hang out with Werner Herzog.
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