Today we’d like to introduce you to Damian Delgado.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I first picked up the camera in 2014, while on a work trip to Sydney, Australia. During that trip I covered every inch of that city, logging tens of miles and snapping my way from the Opera House to Manly Beach in the north.
I fell in love with the medium of photography, and specifically, the “street” style. I loved the “shoot from the hip” style and I loved being able to capture the raw, unfiltered life of the city streets. It wasn’t very long after that I began to explore other photography styles, including Landscape, cityscape, long-exposure, and portraiture. I’ll forever be grateful for the people that helped make that trip happen for me, it set off the chain of events that would lead to my becoming a photographer.
These days I now primarily focus on producing fine art prints for sale, but I also love and offer portraiture sessions.
Please tell us about your art.
As a young kid, I was always drawn to photos of city skylines. Even more so, I was drawn to the streaks of light left behind by the cars below the buildings. I would stare at them and wonder “how do they even do that?!” So, it was with no wonder that my artistic technique began to gravitate towards that style of long exposure photography.
It all began during a camping trip with a friend who taught me how to use extended shutter speeds and a tripod. It wasn’t very long before I was hooked on shooting the milky way, moving cars, and passing clouds.
I hope that my work is able to inspire others, in the same way, I was inspired by those early years. I hope that by blending of scientific process with artistry, I can create pieces that are pleasing to look at, as well as inspire conversation.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I think it’s both harder and easier for artists now, then perhaps in previous years. I say this because I believe that there are more “artists” in the field than there ever have been at one given time. So, it’s to say that yes, the landscape is ripe for emerging artists to make their debut. However, not all art is created equal, so it’s also getting harder for artists to stand out based on merit alone. The internet and the hive mind are a powerful thing, one that I experienced first-hand after one of my photos reached the #1 all-time highest-ranking post on the sub-reddit R/earthporn. (please do look at the comments, as they were quite displeased with my technique)
With that said, I firmly believe that schools should be investing as much of their dollars into music, photography, mechanical, trade, and other arts to ensure that we continue to carry on the culture of our generations past. Every great society has been born out of cultural revolutions, I’d hate to lose that.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be found by visiting my website at www.damian-delgado.com or visiting my Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/damiandelgado/.
- Website: www.damian-delgado.com
- Phone: 4044036973
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/damiandelgado/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/damiandelgadophoto/\
Copyright 2018 Damian Delgado Photography
Photo credit: Damian Delgado