One of the most unconfined lives a person can hope to lead is that of an artist. What greater freedom can there be, but to be free to dream and to inspire others in a world so often filled with conflict and with strife.
Artists are protected, if only by their undying will and eternal commitment to creation. And this creative element has always allowed me to see Artists and Creatives in the same light. But it was in drawing a distinction that I was able to change how I approach my photography. It wasn’t until, working on an art installation at Covent Garden in London that I had a pivotal conversation with one of the project’s collaborators. I asked if he felt he’d attained success as an artist by having his project on display at such a premier location, and he graciously replied, substituting the word “artist” for “creative”. He was markedly composed for such an achievement. Success was no great surprise. It was his job, as a Creative.
This distinction helped clear the internal conflict I had early on over profiting from my inspiration. Once I was able to appreciate how that inspiration could translate into a tangible value for my clients, I was able to work out for myself how much my time was worth on any given project, without qualms.
Quick backstory, I started my current co-profession working in the production and events industry back in 2001. I began my illustrious career as a climbing steel hand building stages on N-Syncs “PopOdyssey” tour. Fast forward 16 years and I’ve been working as a production rigger and automation tech, here in the UK for the past eleven years.
Production rigging has been very good to me. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve had unimaginable access to some of the most amazing events over the past decade and a half, and I realized along the way that it couldn’t last forever. Couple that with a timely case of the shutter bug, and my burgeoning foray into photography would begin.
One of the companies that I sub-contracted for, DLM Rigging had me do photos for and design their website.
Last year, I had the pleasure of working with the production company Muzika doing a series of corporate photos of their lighting and set installations.
And here’s a few more of my favourite production photos from the past years.