i always had a fascination with it whenever i was younger, as i grew up some i kept thinking what it was that i wanted to try out and photography was it. i started taking photo classes in high school and really learned to love it ~ especially film photography. however i am primarily a digital photographer now which is kind of funny.
i think the reason i love it so much is because i can create something that is there but most people don’t notice. whether it being by taking it at a certain angle or a particular thing is in focus or if im creating a composite of several images, basically creating an entire new world. i love how there’s so many options and way of approaching it and i think this allows me to portray my emotions and thoughts through images.
most people are thrown off by dark and sometimes morbid images but that is what im attracted to. i think there’s something eerie and cool about dark photos, which is why 95% of my work is like that. idk i just love the fact that you are capable of portraying any and all emotions through images, just like painting, drawing, music, etc.
nah but for real, you need to surround yourself with good people that bring you up and influence you positively. get into a hobby that you enjoy, dabble in things until you find a thing you enjoy/are good and things will fall into place from there!
Do you have like a ultimate dream photoshoot that you can't do right now cos it's so complex?
this is such a good question!!!!!!!!!
i honestly don’t know!!! i’ve kept a list since like senior year of high school (2 yrs ago) of shoots i would really love to do but never had the supplies, people or guts to do it. i have lots of different ideas that i’ve came up with, altered or trashed over time. but i think that right now my main goal is to successful complete the series that i’m working on.
ive worked on series’ before but never so strictly; i would just take pictures and throw them into a series after the matter. but with this i am going in with such a detailed and specific set of rules and requirements. which is definitely helping my growth as an artist i think. this series is a huge challenge on many levels:
consistency within each image
a lot of props and post photographing manipulation
use of a different model for each image
using only 1 image per concept within the series
achieving the message of the series without it being blatantly obvious or gory in any way — very very subtle details that get the point across
each photo is able to stand alone as well as with the others
ive never really been this strict with my stuff before so i think that honestly this is probably my dream shoot, as of now, because it is such a challenge and something so new. but after this is accomplished i am really stoked to get working on some new concepts!!!
I am trying to pick up photography for a hobby. What software would you recommend for me for photo editing. By the way your pics are works of art. I'm just waiting for the day to see you photos on mag. Covers and billboards
omg thank you!!!!!!!! thanks so kind of you to say wow! i only wish i could be in magazines and billboards, maybe one day!
i honestly only edit using photoshop cs6 and i love it so much, it allows you to do practically everything and it’s just such a handy tool. plus if youre a student they give discounts or you can even torrent it of the interweb!
Oh my god I just randomly visited your page and I haven't checked out your photography in forever and tbh you were good before but your work recently has been FLAWLESS. Absolutely amazing! Keep up the great work!!
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you're photography is amazing!!! I'm trying my best to improve my photography skills but it isn't really working out haha. But can I just say you're very inspiring.
aw thank you!!!! you’ll get there! it honestly just takes practice and determination!! if you are determined to achieve a certain look then you can do it, what i did was i forced myself to try to do things i wasnt 100% sure how to do and because of that i formed the style that i have and i now think im strongest in that kind of stuff. it all just comes with trying new things and sticking with it, honestly! i’m not even that great or that much of an expert on the subject, i’m just dabbling myself. thank you so much though! i’m really really honored to inspire someone in some sort of way!
I love your work. Can you explain how you execute these photos without them looking "tacky" so-to-speak? I have a hard time doing that, especially with water scenes.
oh man you make me sound like a professional. i think a lot of it for me is most shoots i have i go into them with a certain thing in mind. i am very detailed in my head about what i want each frame(s) to look in the end. that definitely takes away that kind of strange uncertainty of the image look some images can have. i’ve also played around with photoshop a lot to the point that i know how to automatically pick what brushes or layers to use to achieve the look i’m after which definitely helps a lot because instead of kind of settling with something because you’re not sure how to make it look like how you’d want it - which i think also makes it look less tacky. because what i attribute to tacky is that it’s overly, underly, or poorly/half-assed edited which causes the entire image to lose it’s value. i think a lot of images only need subtle alterations otherwise it turns your photo into something it wasn’t. (i’m not sure if any of this makes sense) i think the less “tacky” looking image is going to have the most time and practice* invested into it so it’s not like you automatically take a tacky photograph, it’s more of you didn’t alter it as it should or you approached it from a less strong angle than you could have done. because good art is all based on interpretation, but if you practice sharpening your skills (whether it being with learning your way around photoshop, figuring out how to not over/underexpose an image, taking it from a less appealing angle, not knowing how to use your camera in all of it’s integrity, or just not taking the time to really study how it works) - then it makes your photo tacky. but i think there’s a lot of different ways that something could be tacky to someone - but ya like all art what may be unattractive and tacky to you might really catch the eye of someone else ya know. so like it’s all based on perseption man
my advice to you is to plan out your shoots or whatever, like go into meticulous detail of how you want it to look. the more detailed you are about your shoot the more you are able to control it and produce the work that you’ve envisioned. plan plan plan! and then just shoot a lot, you will get a definite style and eye for certain things the more you shoot and it will be more personalized and once you start doing that, your work will start heading in the direction you want them rather than what you think others will like.
make art you want to see not what you think others want to see because ive learned that people want to see it from your perspective, they want to know what you know and because of that your images will become stronger and more appealing to everyone!
yay ok i hope this wasn’t too philosophical and made at least a little bit of sense
your blog is so stunning! how do you decide what you want to photograph or rather what's your creative process like? most of the pictures I see looks like something I could photograph myself but there's something subtle and mysterious about your photos.
thank you so much!!!! well honestly, i’m naturally drawn to darker images/concepts so usually i’ll think of something really morbid or strange, maybe even just a single detail, and build off of it. i try to make my images really dark and/or mysterious, most of my concepts have a meaning and then have a deeper meaning behind it as well idk.
like right now i’m currently working on a photographic series focusing on the contemplation, act (various methods), and aftermath of suicide. the photo i posted (x) is the first image of that series.