Don’t worry, it’s nothing scandalous! :)
Wilson and I spent the day cleaning out this little nook we have in the corner full of just stuff we store there. It’s incredible how much CRAP you can accumulate and fit into a small area! It was a lot of work but really fun to dig through forgotten treasures, childhood memories and the like. It was also rewarding to find some lost objects like my original iPod, some Pocket Wizards and some of my old artwork.
One of my most prized possessions in the world is my sketchbook from highschool. It’s a totally beaten up book with the spine falling off and the corners all banged up because I carried it everywhere I went! It was also the beginnings of my journey into the visual arts and through the positive feedback and the encouragement of my friends and family I actually applied to the arts for university which led to a career in photography.
I was heavily inspired by the typography and graphic nature of graffiti as a teen. One of the artists I looked up to was Daim, a German graffiti artist who made a name for himself when he starting tagging 3D pieces when everyone else was still doing 2D. It was actually the fascination I had with 3D images on a 2D medium that led me to portraiture and then eventually photography.
As I flipped through my sketchbook, I realized just how much I was learning about taking pictures even though I was drawing graphics, graffiti and portraits. Line, color, composition, creativity, innovation and a slight obsession with perfection were always factors I dealt with. Some of the stuff was also collaborative because a bunch of us artists would hangout together and tag stuff in each other’s books or help each other solve visual problems (e.g. They’d make the tag and I’d color it or vice versa, or I’d ask my friend how to join certain letters together etc.) That’s pretty much what photography is. Coming up with a creative solution to a visual problem.
Anyway, here are some scans from my sketch book!