This week I'm really pleased to have this great interview with Peter de Graaff for you. Peter has been a wonderful inspiration to many on the site, and a regular in our themes and top 20's. It's been really interesting to learn a little more about him.

Our 365ers series of interviews follows great photographers with interesting stories from the community, so a big thank you to Peter for sharing his story. I hope you enjoy it.

What made you decide to take on the 365 Project?

I became inquisitive about the 365 Project after seeing posts on Facebook from a friend's timeline. I had always been interested in photography so thought it would be a great Project to try, and signed up in December 2010. Initially I posted intermittently due to other commitments and used an iPhone as my camera.

Did you have much photography experience before you started?

As a teenager I saved my pocket money and bought an Olympus Trip 35. During the 90's I was an early adopter of digital photography with an Apple camera. Later I bought a Canon A10 and an Olympus E-330, but was also shooting film.

How did the project expand your knowledge, and teach you new things?

The 365 Project broadened my horizons around the use of lenses, camera settings, different formats and techniques. The 365 community is very active and encourages participation in a great range of themes or competitions. I have immensely enjoyed Film February for the camaraderie with other film shooters, experimentation and encouragement to try out the world's different films and cameras. Dave Schofield @chewyteeth and Aaron Aldrich @grizzlysghost have been terrific film supporters and conspirators.

I see you like using a wide variety of cameras – do you have a favourite?

I am particularly fond of my Olympus cameras, particularly my OM-1 SLR and Olympus Chrome Six which is a medium format folding rangefinder camera from the 1950's. The latter has a remarkable lens. I also love the photos taken with my Yashica A which is twin lens reflex. Recently I have bought a large format Toyo field camera made from carbon fibre so that it is lightweight for trekking. I usually never leave home without my Lomo LC-A or Olympus XA-2: both of these are small point and shoot cameras from the 70's. in my car I usually have five or so cameras, with different types of film. I always have my Olympus PEN EPL-1 digital camera with an ultra wide angle lens on as well.

Is there a particular style of photography you enjoy the most?

I particularly enjoy landscape photography both in black & white and colour. Sunsets and seascapes seem to be favourites for me as I live near the sea. I enjoy street photography when I am in town. My favourite photographers are Ansell Adams, Georgia O'Keeffe and Max Dupain. Later this year I will be undertaking a large format photography with Bruce Barnbaum.

What kept you going throughout the first year of your project?

During the first year of my project I posted intermittently so it took me a long to reach 365. I did not believe in using fillers for days I had missed. During my first year I experienced some significant heath problems and it was photography and 365 which helped me through this difficult time. Although I only occasionally mentioned it, 365 provided my with an interest and stimulation. Photography challenged me to focus on the world about and around me.

And what kept you snapping after your first year?

After my first year I continued 365 since everyday I am taking photos, enjoy sharing and love the friends I have made here. Sometimes threads are a good place to share or make a joke, share knowledge and learn, but also there are friends who I now communicate with off 365. I would also love to see a film photo get to Number 1 on the weekly Top 20.

Can you share a few of your own favourite pictures with us…

I particularly like these two photos taken in Bali one digital and the other film
using a Yashica twin lens reflex camera. one, two

And, according to your followers what were your most popular shots?

Three of my photos have been Number 1 in Top 20 including two below. The third one below is my highest rated Top 20 film photo. one, two, three

Is there any thing or any person you would like to capture on camera?

This year I am looking forward to visiting Utah and then Yellowstone in spring. I would like to capture a panorama of the Grand Tetons, a moon rise through a sandstone arch, and wildlife including a grizzly bear. I would also like to visit Nepal, Kenya and Patagonia. I have a huge bucket list.

Any advice for budding 365ers?

It is important to remember that it is your project. If it takes longer than 365 - well that's OK. Enjoy the photos of others and make comments on those you connect with. 365ers will often come to look at yours too.

And finally... What next? What do you think you will be doing in 5 years time?

I hope that I will have become a creatively skilled large format photographer able to successfully develop and exhibit my own work, be travelling and making images of the world

March 7th, 2013
Great interview Peter! @peterdegraaff
March 7th, 2013
Nice to learn more about you @peterdegraff thanks for sharing :)
March 7th, 2013
An interesting interview, great to hear about your " photo" life @peterdegraff
March 7th, 2013
Excellent interview Peter, really interesting
March 7th, 2013
@peterdegraff Brilliant, Peter - so many of these are treasured favourites for me, it's great to know a little more about the chap behind those wonderful shots. Super interview, Bravo! :)
March 7th, 2013
Love your work, Peter! Great interview! I love the NSW South Coast locations you frequent - some of my favourite places in the world :) @peterdegraaff
March 7th, 2013
Great interview! I'm tickled pink to know you through this site!
March 7th, 2013
Great interview and wonderful images too Peter! : )
March 8th, 2013
Love your work Peter & a wonderful interview .... it was so great to meet up with you earlier this year & after completing my course I have more of an understanding of your large foremat camera : )
March 8th, 2013
Ahh great work Peter. Love a good film lover.... ;)
March 8th, 2013
Thanks for sharing, Peter!
March 8th, 2013
Fantastic interview Peter! I'll wave next time you shoot across the lake...just let me know lol
March 8th, 2013
Great interview Peter :)
March 8th, 2013
Oh nice work @peterdegraaff - Kudos.
March 8th, 2013
Nice one Peter! How come your nude seascape didn't get mentioned? That's the one I admire you most for :) @peterdegraaff
March 8th, 2013
What a great interview. I love having you on 365. It's so great to hear more about the person behind the photos.
March 8th, 2013
@peterdegraaff Patagonia was so stunningly beautiful it kept taking my breath away.
March 8th, 2013
Awesome article Peter - you are and have been a real inspiration to me! @peterdegraaff
March 8th, 2013
I always enjoy your photos, Peter... I am amazed not only by your photography, but also by your camera collection! :)
March 8th, 2013
Great interview. You take amazing pictures, Peter.
March 9th, 2013
Great interview Peter, I love your album it is truly amazing.
March 9th, 2013
Good for you @peterdegraaff . Very nice interview, and so pleased my favorite fav got a place in your story :)
March 9th, 2013
"It is important to remember that it is your project. If it takes longer than 365 - well that's OK. Enjoy the photos of others and make comments on those you connect with. 365ers will often come to look at yours too."
-Peter de Graaff

I LIKE THIS .... =)

nice one peter ....... great interview....
March 9th, 2013
Enjoyed your interview - thanks for sharing!!
March 9th, 2013
Much enjoyed the interview and the introduction to your work.. stunning images :-)
March 9th, 2013
great photographers inspire. you are one of them, peter. always a delight to hear/read your thoughts. aces! @peterdegraaff
March 9th, 2013
@peterdegraaff Great interview, Peter! You can do it--get a film shot to #1!
March 9th, 2013
This was a great interview Peter. Thanks for sharing.
March 9th, 2013
March 9th, 2013
Great interview, you are truly an inspirational photographer.....keep them coming!
March 9th, 2013
Great interview, I thoughly enjoy looking at your work, especially your landscapes and sunsets.....thanks for sharing.
March 9th, 2013
nice one mate @peterdegraaff
March 10th, 2013
Peter of all the photographers I know on 365, I know you will reach your goal. Your skill and knowledge amaze me and you are perhaps the most talented photographer I follow. I know I'll be able to say someday, when I'm standing in a gallery that is displaying your work, "I met him on 365!"
March 10th, 2013
Great interview ..... so interesting.
March 10th, 2013
Great interview Peter. If anyone can get a film shot to #1 it is you=). You have inspired me so much. Thank you.
March 11th, 2013
@peterdegraaff Terrific to hear your insights and views ! Pleased to count you as on of my friends! I heartily agree with @olivetreeann about your skills and potential!
March 11th, 2013
fantastic interview Peter!
March 11th, 2013
Fantastic interview, Peter! I truly admire your talent.
March 11th, 2013
Wonderful interview Peter. Your passion for photography is contagious and your images are inspirational.
March 12th, 2013
@peterdegraaff terrific interview, you have been a great source of inspiration and encouragement for me on 365. So glad you continue to do all that you do.
March 12th, 2013
Loved the interview Peter.
March 12th, 2013
@peterdegraff love your work!! Love your 5 year plan - must get Inspired and back to snapping!!
March 13th, 2013
Wonderful Interview Peter! I cant wait for that # 1 Film Photo !! Im sure its right around the Bend! :) .i like how you stay so true to yourself..i find this is your captures and your personality..Its a joy to follow you , you are a contant inspiration to me! Congrats on the future work with Barnbaum...someday i will be proud to say I knew him back when ...on 365!! :)
March 14th, 2013
Great interview Peter. Really enjoy our shots.
March 19th, 2013
@peterdegraaff Excellent interview, pictures and inspiration! Nice going!
March 21st, 2013
I really enjoyed reading your interview. I knew it would be an interesting one. I've long been an admirer and I'm glad they chose you and your work to highlight. I appreciate your artistic mind and clever wit!
July 11th, 2013
Great interview. Fun to read of the person behind such great photos.
July 11th, 2013
Excellent words! Thanks for sharing.
July 20th, 2013
Thanks for sharing this, Peter. As an old school darkroom guy, I especially appreciate your film work and experiments. Your work is gorgeous, and I really regret that we didn't meet when you passed through here a while ago. I look forward to enjoying your future images.
October 14th, 2013
Wonderful interview. Thanks for sharing with us!
October 23rd, 2013
Great interview, Peter and your photos are truly inspirational.
January 13th, 2014
Excellent choice for interview this time. Really great to get tot know more detail about who takes the pic. I always love looking at Peter's pictures.
Nice to know more of the person behind the camera
January 25th, 2014
Great interview Peter. Very interesting and thank you so much for sharing your journey.
February 9th, 2014
Thanks for sharing Peter. Great interview.
March 12th, 2014

i really enjoy your photos and your comments, keep it going.
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