Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you do?
I’m a 20 year old photographer, born in Dallas, Texas. I’m a photo student, designer, and co-founder of Evlvd Minds art collective.
How did you get started doing what you do?
After the Evlvd Minds was founded, we brought in Emiliano Sosa, a videographer/photographer, to help strengthen the brands arsenal. He was the first person to put a dslr camera in my hands. From then on my interest in photography has continued to grow.
How would you describe your style?
Hmm I’d say my style is still has a lot of developing to do, but I can notice the difference or originality in my photography compared to photographers found on social media.
What’s your inspiration?
Most definitely music, it’s like a religion to me.
What is art to you?
A second chance. Sports originally was my main focus, but all good things come to an end. That is when I found art. It was a new way for me to display my ambition and drive that I gained from sports.
How do you keep motivated?
Spending time with my guys from “EM”. They all have individual talents that I truly admire. We kind of feed off each other and inspire one another.
What do you hope to accomplish with your work?
First, I want to reach peace with myself through my work. You know, just being able to sit back and say “I did it” is enough for me. But in a more selfless view, I’d like to inspire others. Not just artist, but anyone who carries passion for whatever they are into.
How have others reacted to your work?
I get so much positive feedback when I show my work to others, and its extremely humbling. Photography is still fresh to me, so knowing people enjoy my work is pleasing.
What do you want others to take away from your work?
Ha, hopefully they’ll see that you don’t have to fall into any trend or image to be successful. Basically be you, and love yourself first.
What, if anything, would you tell your younger self?
Wow… there is so much I would go back and tell myself. For sure to take more risks and worry about the outcomes later, and not to worry about how others may see or think of me.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“Slow grind is good grind”
Any words of wisdom to aspiring artists who want to pursue a similar career?
It’s not the camera, its the photographer. You don’t need the most expensive camera to produce impactful photos.
What are your thoughts on art school?
It really depends on the person. School is not for everyone. Some people need an instructor to push them, and some people can be held back by school. Me personally, I enjoy taking classes. Mainly because I can choose the classes I’m interested in. I hated high school because I did not have that freedom. Art school can give you a chance to meet people in the same creative field you are in, and they may have the right connections you need to reach the next level.
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
I would love to produce and publish physical copies of magazines I shoot. And to shoot an entire Evlvd Minds lookbook.
What’s your dream project?
Directing my own film. Haha, I plan on picking up where Quentin Tarantino will have eventually left off.
What art supplies do you use?
Canon 5D Mark ll
Canon AE1 Program