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Art & Life with Alex Hackworth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Hackworth.

Alex, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born and raised in Riverside, California, I moved to Whittier for college and have lived there for six years now. Inspired by cinematic masters like Guillermo Del Torro and Emanuel Lubezki, I spend my days working as a cinematographer and photographer, always trying to find the beauty in natural settings or making the ordinary look like gorgeous fantasy. Success has been hard to find, but in the past year I have been able to take a step up in the quality of my work and branch out, working on commercials, music videos, narrative films, social media campaigns and more.

Lately, I have been exploring ways to tell the stories of voices not often heard or ignored in media, editing a documentary about the life of a young transgender woman in Mexico, producing a music video about working class teens from Brawley, California, and working as the cinematographer on a Mexican fairytale short film.

One reason why I love working and creating in Los Angeles is that I’ve been able to meet and become friends with people from many different creative and cultural backgrounds. These people always help keep my perspective in check and introduce me to new ideas, whether it’s a story to be told or a new place to visit in LA.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a cinematographer who obsesses as much about the look of a moving image as I do about the way that the image helps the story it is telling. I love working with people who have incredible stories to tell or unique perspectives but maybe don’t know how to technically create the vision that is in their head. When people see my work, I hope that it is invisible to them and they walk away feeling the full emotion and meaning that the director or writer that I worked with was intending. When I create a lighting setup, frame the camera on a character, or even sit down to edit an interview, I’m always looking at how I can elevate and amplify the voice of the storyteller. For me, this is the most important thing that I can do because it has never been more easy to make media and put it out into the world. But it has never been more difficult to make something stand out from the rest, so that a story that people haven’t heard before can spread through the world and make an impact.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think that it’s never been easier to create what you want as an artist today. But, it is becoming more and more difficult to create work that is unique and/or meaningful. From my experience, life as an artist can be very difficult. It’s always a balance between finding enough work to survive and finding enough time to create something you love and are proud of. When those two things overlap, you’ve found a sweet spot. Los Angeles has a lot of great opportunities and outlets for artists of all kinds, but there can be barriers to entry for some resources. If there were more spots for emerging artists to showcase their work, apply for small grants, and even meet other successful artists, that would help raise the whole community.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can see snapshots of my life and my work on my Instagram, @fstopblues, and you can see my past and current projects, as well as get to know me a little better, on my website

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All images are pictures taken by or screenshots of work by Alex Hackworth

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