"These are a few examples of when I've tried saying something more than the obvious."
33 years old
El Paso, Texas
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About my pictures:
Even though I've been taking pictures since I was 15, I think my work-life started to form after my Myspace days (once I learned basic coding). That's why it seems only right to use this as a "portfolio".
First, I should clarify a couple things. Most importantly, I've always been an experience designer. Regardless of what the tools are that I'm using or how you might have been introduced to me, my goal has always been to translate an experience. That's why I don't really understand (and can't clearly define) "work" in the traditional sense of the word –relating to jobs, paychecks, bosses or hours.
The actual definition of work is:
"activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result."
But if I'm always consciously experiencing life (mental effort) in order to make my "translations" (end result) more authentic and understandable, I'm essentially NEVER not working.
It might be a tough concept to really grasp, but it might be easier to understand how it relates to photos...
Nowadays, everyone carries a quality camera at all times in their pocket. No matter if you're using an iPhone or a Hassleblad, whether your Instagram profile says "Photographer" or you're just a habitual selfie-er, everyone has either been in pictures, takes pictures, or has hired a photographer before. Now think about all of those pictures you have either in your timeline, in frames around your home, stuffed in an album or hard drive, or used as bookmarks, Christmas cards, anything. Now think about why you took them, why you have them, what they mean to you, or why you hired someone. There's a good chance it's something personal. It could be a memory, a keepsake, an ego booster, a reminder, a challenge, an assignment, a paying job.
For the past 15 years, I've almost exclusively taken pictures to relay an experience to others. I don't take pictures for memory sake. Even in my personal life. I don't like being photographed. I don't fill my house with family photos, and it's not my first instinct to reach for a camera when something significant happens. My relationship with photography is isolating and requires me to be completely in control of my work. Don't get me wrong, I do what I have to do to survive, but it's hard for me to be a part of something that doesn't let me control how others will receive the experience. That's why I've evolved an interdisciplinary skill set... to create experiences singlehandedly.
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