Changes make you grow. I keep that in mind as I proceed through life, career, and creativity. The biggest example of it comes in the very fact that I am a photographer. I know it’s easy to say, “I didn’t see myself doing this as a kid”, but that’s the direct honesty of it. As a child, art was always my ‘thing’ but I was led to believe that it wouldn’t carry me throughout life. I’m sure you’ve heard the term ‘starving artist’, right? Yeah, the worst motivational speech to give a young one with paint, pencils, and markers in his backpack, but it was better than nothing. Growing up, I stayed creative throughout puberty and even my teenage years by the means of Photoshop. Not entirely leaving traditional art behind, I began to dive into graphic design, creating websites, 3D abstracts, video editing, and flash animation. Yes! The list was long but Photography? By the time I graduated junior high, I understood the process of developing film, however, that’s where the line was drawn. Since I began using photoshop seriously at 16, I’ve always had an ‘eye’ for quality photos. It only made sense to have great quality stock photography when designing anything for marketing, promotion or just flat-out grabbing someone’s attention. As it would also turn out, I enjoyed the process of finding the ‘right photo’ for whatever design I was creating at the time.
Years later, the ‘right photo’ is what I’m still looking for and the journey to find it has been beyond my wildest dreams . . . maybe not that wild, but I couldn’t have imagined things any better than what they are. All this time spent TRYING and I never realized I was DOING all that I loved to do and more! To be great, in part, you must be consistent and progressively moving forward. When things get rough, don’t stop, slow. Slow yourself to a pace were you can notice the things that you’ve earned from the Universe . . . then KEEP GOING.
2016, a year of true struggle and a definite test of my grit of not only a person . . . but a professional, an artist. No use in going into detail, but I would like to focus attention toward work developed by a return client that didn’t get as much love as I thought it should. It’s true that not many will see your vision or understand your approach to things, but the reality of it all is that no one needs to. Being an individual in today’s world is hard because “they” will rather you fall in-line and be a part of a number and not an entity. The photos being featured in the post where done with a classic, Hollywood glamour goal in mind. Although it was executed well, I’m also inclined to believe that these came before their time. The ‘throwback’ feel of Hollywood was not a thing of popularity in 2016, however, art never dies and 2018 feels like a good year.