i feel so blessed/fortunate/thankful for all of you and your support. thanks for everything, your kind words throughout the last few years i’ve been on tumblr, and your criticisms/praise. love y’all. have a wonderful weekend
i get asked this a lot and the answer always changes. it’s difficult to say, honestly. when i was in elementary and middle school it was a huge treat for me when my parents would take me to the supermarket with them to buy Kodak disposable cameras or rolls of Kodak film to load into my mom’s little black point & shoot camera. whenever there was a school field trip, a birthday party, or an awards ceremony, i’d be the kid with a camera in his hand. it wasn’t about “photography” though, it was about capturing the moment. now that i think of it, i guess that “capture the moment” attitude is photography boiled down to its very essence. wow i sound like such a blowhard but i hope you know what i mean.
high school, my really cool stoner physics teacher gave me his old Polaroid land camera and a few packs of film when he saw me photographing other students with a small point and shoot digital camera i bought and an entry-level dslr that i “borrowed” from the yearbook room. that was the first time i began to think about photos as being photography and not just photos as snapshots. i tried doing all the artsy shit — took pictures of stop signs and my shoes (looking down) and pretty flowers and had an excuse to go up to the prettiest girls in the school and talk to them (really really huge in helping me come out of my shell).
after high school and up until about 2010 it was more or less the same - bought Holgas and toy fisheye cameras and more and more digital point and shoot cameras under $300 — photographed my friends, bands i went to see and loved, pretty girls, more of the same. it was always so casual though, and i think i liked that.
2010, my friend caleb, a really talented photojournalist who worked at the same newspaper i worked at as an editor/music writer, sold me his Mamiya 645 and an 80 f/1.9 lens for $250. i was instantly hooked on film photography / PHOTOGRAPHY and began soaking up as much information as i could about the *art* of photography. i haven’t looked back since.
january 2012 was when i started doing photography as more than a glorified hobby and started taking it seriously as a “business” and began booking photoshoots. i started test shooting professional models for agencies like Ford, Major, Re:Quest, Fusion, Click, One, Paragon, Wilhelmina, and more.
lately i’m trying to go both extremes - shoot much more for pleasure/personal work even if it doesn’t garner the same attention as the “sexy” stuff i do, and on the other side of the spectrum, shoot more paid/commercial work where i can throw in my own creative twists.
sorry for the long answer… i’m going to add this to a FAQ page at some point. let me know if there’s anything else about me that interests you - FranciscoMarinNY@gmail.com
Yes, got two degrees, but not for photography