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Art & Life with Daniel Woods

Today we’d like to introduce you to Daniel Woods.

Daniel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I feel like my story starts off like so many other creatives before me. Coming from a small town 2 hour out of LA. I never wanted to take photos or tell stories. This was what I would call a random spark of interest that took flight. I was sitting up in bed one night watching YouTube videos and I came across someone going over how to take portraits and I was intrigued enough to watch the full 15-minute video and enroll in a photography class the next morning. Not having a camera, I took the course with just my cellphone camera and iPad. I passed and my work was actually entered in a gallery. Fast forward a year later and me investing in a DSLR. I find myself making a living off of photography and loving every second of it.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a photographer. wait no that sounds too cliché. I am a story teller. Yeah, I like that better. I focus on portraits and lifestyle travel images. I find it fascinating how you can tell a story (whether true or not) from a single image. I think that’s what I want people to take away from my work. I want someone to feel a spark of adventure or to feel some type of way. So many people go through their lives in such routine that they forget what makes them want to get up and go. I want my work to make them feel that fire again. It sounds crazy I know but when you see a photo that sparks that you’ll know exactly what I mean.

What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Glad to know I’m not alone! Being lonely and being an artist go hand in hand. I’ve found though that attending photography meet ups in your area or maybe even hosting your own gives you the best opportunity on making friends that are just like you. I’ve made some of my closest friends that way. Trust me I know it’s nerve racking and defiantly shakes you to the core a little but I promise you everyone there is probably feeling the same way. All it takes is a simple ” So what do you like to shoot?” or ” Hey want to grab pizza after this?” and BOOM! Instant friendship.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Mostly social media if I’m being honest. I run my own website at www.DanielWoods.co. Also, my Instagram @deer_dann. When it comes to “supporting” my work I would say just to share it. If it makes you happy, tell someone. So many great artists go unnoticed because people fail to express how their work makes them feel. Tell me! I love talking to people and picking at their creative thoughts.

Contact Info:

  • Website: www.DanielWoods.Co
  • Email: DanielWoodsphotography@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Deer_dann

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