10 Questions with Chase Dillon.

10 Questions is our newest interview series—Different photographers. Different paths. Same 10 Questions. First up is Chase Dillon!

1. What are 3 things you take to every shoot?

2. Tell us about how you got into photography.

Growing up, my grandma was always taking pictures for work and everything else so there were always cameras and stacks of photos around. I would take a bunch of pictures on our road trips, too. Looking back, this kind of planted the seed. In 2014 I believe was when I got my first iPhone and I started to shoot the hikes and beaches around home. When I heard about VSCO, I started to think of it more as “photography.” I enjoyed the editing process a lot. Eventually, I tried a DSLR but I never really used it. The iPhone was simple and fit in my pocket and that's all I really cared about as far as cameras go. I thought it would be fun to pick up a 35mm film camera for nostalgic reasons, that's all I knew growing up since digital was still kind of the novelty in the late ‘90s to early 2000s. I learned everything I know today shooting random SLRs. Over the years, I've been on and off with digital cameras, but 35mm film is just what's normal to me, so I never truly broke away from it.

Ektar100 rated at 100 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

3. What’s something about you that would surprise most people?

I find the Oregon coast quite boring. I would love to live in a bigger city, somewhere hot.

4. Describe your creative process.

I don't think I really have a “process.” I'm constantly consuming photography through books, social media, YouTube. It's constantly on my mind. I’m always trying to learn things and find inspiration.

Portra400 rated at 400 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

5. What are you learning lately?

Lately, I have been really trying to get out of my comfort zone. Street photography has always been my favorite style of photography to look at. I'm very introverted, so I never imagined I would even try it. But being so intimidated by the thought of photographing random people makes that process come with a bit of a rush. It feels intense, but I have really been enjoying trying that more and more.

6. What is something you struggle with in your career?

I would love to be one of those people who always has a camera on them, always making photographs every day. But it's very on and off for me. I have to feel very locked in to even pick up a camera. Flipping the switch to “on” has always been a big struggle with me, but I have embraced it, and don't really force it on when I'm not feeling it.

Ektar100 rated at 100 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

7. If you could have dinner with one photographer (living or dead) who would it be and why? And what would you eat?

Corey Wolfenbarger. I relate to his style of shooting a little bit of everything, and being drawn to more calm, simple scenes. I also love his laid back, “just hanging out and shooting” approach. I completely relate to that, and hearing someone like him, with his audience, say something like that was really cool. His views on photography as a whole are great. Corey, let's go say, “What’s up?” to the PV crew sometime and hit B-Dubs after!

8. What are 3 things you’re loving right now?

  1. Photography books.
  2. Baseball (my Mariners are finally looking good again).
  3. The show “Barry.”

9. What is one piece of game-changing advice—whether for business, art, film or life?

Slow down. This hustle 24/7 culture is lame. Do what you gotta do, but enjoy the process.

Portra160 rated at 160 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

10. What is your favorite image from your portfolio?

This photograph (above) I made in Tucson is my favorite. I love Arizona, the light and colors there are so beautiful all the time. I really like the layers in this one and how the soft light and colors came out.

Portra160 rated at 160 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

Portra160 rated at 160 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

Cinestill800T rated at 800 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

Portra400 rated at 400 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

Portra800 rated at 800 / Leica M7 / Noritsu S-1800

Chase is an artist based in Neotsu, Oregon. You can find him at https://www.instagram.com/chasekdillon/.