Last week, Deanne Fitzmaurice agreed to be interviewed by me for this blog. Deanne is a Pulitzer Prize winning documentary photographer and co-founder of Think Tank Photo. Most of you might know Think Tank as they’re one of the top-notch manufacturers of bags for photography professionals and enthusiasts. Deanne founded the company back in 2005 together with her husband and two designers. Think Tank is based in Santa Rosa, north of San Francisco.
Now, here’s the deal: Deanne is currently on a photo shoot in Africa and will be back in early August. That’s also when I will send her my interview questions. Up until then you’ll have the opportunity to submit your questions to the comment section of this blog post (at the end of this page). In about two weeks from now, I’ll select what I think is the best question out of your submissions and add it to the list of interview questions that I’ll send Deanne.
My angle will be to ask Deanne questions that focus on her involvement with Think Tank Photo and how she’s using bags on her international assignments. Here are a few example questions (which might change based on your feedback):
- Deanne, in 2005, you co-founded Think Tank Photo, a camera bag company that has been getting many positive reviews for its products over the last couple of years. What was your motivation when you got involved with Think Tank back in 2005?
- You just came back from a photo shoot in Africa. What was this assignment about? Also: did you take a Think Tank bag on your trip? Which one and why did you choose that specific model?
- Camera bags are such an essential piece of equipment for photographers who travel a lot. Tell me about a situation where your camera bag really made a difference.
- Most recently, Think Tank’s sister company MindShift (www.mindshiftgear.com) introduced its rotation180° professional backpack. The rotation180° professional‘s rotating waist pack allows nature photographers to have easier access to their gear. It seems like their’s still room for innovation in the field of camera bags. What’s your view of where the camera bag industry is heading in the next 2–3 years?
- If you pack your bag for a photo shoot – what’s in it? why? Any must-have non-photographic items?
Ok, and now it’s your turn. I’m very much looking forward to your suggestions…