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Debra Schoenberger's Walk With Me (Book Review and Author Interview)

Title: Walk with Me
Author: Debra Schoenberger
Genre: Adult non-fiction / Photography

Pages: 104
Publisher: Blurb
Release date: December 26, 2017
Content rating: G

My Review of Walk With Me

Debra Schoenberger's Walk With Me is a collection of photographs that portray many facets of life.
Through the lens of her camera (whether phone or dslr), Debra shows the colour and variety that we live amongst day in and day out, and almost always take for granted.

One of the recurring tropes in Debra's pictures that fascinated me is people travelling - some exhausted, others excited.
Most photographs in this collection tell stories of everyday life, the struggle and the fun of it.

In the shoes that the photographer has captured, I imagined the persons wearing them. Shoes do tell a lot about the person, they say.

From the wares at the display of a shop and graffiti on walls to empty benches which seem to tell stories of their own to shots of nature, Debra's collection is a pleasure to delve into and imagine the tales hidden in them.

My Interview with Debra Schoenberger

Me: What are the locations of the photographs? You have mentioned that some are of your 'small island city of Victoria' and I could identify a few from Mumbai. Any other places in this collection?
Debra: They are Montreal, Florence, Venice, Rome, New York, Tibet, Beijing, Canada, New Jersey and New York, Mongolia, Delhi, Amsterdam, Paris, Iceland and others.

Me: Do you usually plan your shots, or are they 'go with the flow, capture the moments' kind?
Debra: They are mostly happy accidents. :D

Me: There are quite a few shoes pics in your collection. One can see a lot of the person(s) and their story in them. Any particular reason for the fascination?
Debra: I love shoes! A pair of shoes can tell you a lot about a person.

Me: There are a couple of black and white monochromes. Any particular reason for going retro with them?
Debra: I often see a scene in my mind and if it's in black and white I will take the picture in colour and then change it into black and white.

Me: Are any of them personal pics?
Debra: I'm not quite sure what you are asking - selfies? My selfies are pretty bad so I don't take that many.

Me: Any one favourite of the collection?
Debra: Not particularly, I love all my pictures, there is a memory behind every one of them. Sometimes I'll walk into a scene and say "oh wow" and hopefully nothing happens before I have a chance to take the picture. I don't catch all of these "wow" moments but they're still in my memory.

Me: You mentioned that you take a lot of uour photographs with your phone. But given a choice when you plan a 'photography walk', do you perefer to carry your camera?
Debra: Yes, of course. I prefer to carry one of my three cameras. They are all very heavy so I usually come home a bit tired and happy if I was able to take some great pictures.

Me: What stories do the empty benches, and seats, and chairs tell you?
Debra: Lol, I didn't realize that I had so many! Hmmm, sometimes I like the composition of a scene or maybe it brings back a memory.

Me: Thanks a lot Debra for taking time to answer my questions.


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