When you see a Caitlyn Short photo, you pause a moment to take it in. Her love of bridges and coastal communities shows through the shots she shares with the smart people who've followed her on Instagram.
The thing I love most about her work is how vivid and full each photo feels. Instead of a derivative cityscape, she hones in on a subject and uses the surrounding area to intentionally frame it. Her photos feel like they have a 3rd dimension to them; a level you don't get with many others who do similar things. It's clear what she's going for, and it's semi-startling to see the result because of its deft execution.
Her technical savvy crossed with her ability to capture and devour a recognizable scene makes her work unique, yet accessible. If you're into seeing Cincinnati's best face (as well as the best face of other U.S. cities), Caitlyn is the one to follow.
We asked Caitlyn a few questions about who she is and what she does...
Cincinnati Refined: Sum yourself up in a couple sentences.
Caitlyn Short: I'm a closeted Gold Star chili fan from the East side of Cincinnati. My ideal day consists of taking my camera for a ride on a red bike through Smale park. I'm tall, but my last name is Short. Your pet will love me.
CR: What got you into photography?
CS: I started stealing my parents' DSLR at 13. I took pictures of everything and anything around me. The great thing about digital photography is that you're only limited by two things, battery life and memory. I often ran out of both.
CR: What’s your camera of choice?
CS: I don't have one. Equipment has never been important to me. Still rocking that Canon Rebel Xt2i I got for Christmas in 2012. Thanks, mom & dad.
CR: The one lens you can’t live without?
CS: A telephoto lens. I love getting extremely far away from what I need to be shooting. It makes me feel like Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window.
CR: Most memorable/favorite experience while shooting?
CS: I was probably 14. Cincinnati was blanketed with snow. My brother packed up his camera gear and we wandered outside together at 1 AM. It was the latest that I had ever been out of the house. He set his camera up on a tripod and showed me how to create light painted photography with long exposures. I remember thinking it was like magic.
CR: How would you describe your photographic style?
CS: To Be Determined. All I know is that I try to meticulously capture what I'm seeing and experiencing in that moment: the colors of a sunset, cars streaming down a busy street, the sun shining through treetops.
CR: What’s at the top of your photography bucket list?
CS: I'd love to get one good time-lapse video under my belt.
CR: Any advice for aspiring photographers?
CS: Always keep a memory card in your glove box and an extra, fully charged battery in your bag. And shoot what you love.
CR: Motto to live by…
CS: Give me a taco, feed for me for a day. Teach me how to make great taco meat, feed me for life. But really, I'm looking for a good taco meat recipe. Got any in mind?
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Give her a follow on Instagram, and be sure to check out her work in the gallery above.