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Art & Life with David Cisneros

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Cisneros.

David, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
It all started out when I was a young boy. My dad is a musician and I was always around music and creative people all of my life. In high school, I was in the marching band playing the snare drum and in 2003/2004, I had the opportunity to March the rose parade with the LAUSD district honor band. In high school, I would always carry around a disposable camera and would take pictures of everything and everyone. The idea of capturing a moment to keep with you forever really amazed me. I had a shoebox full of pictures throughout my high school years. After high school, I decided to save some money and invested in buying a professional camera and since then the rest is history. I’m 29 years old and have been shooting professionally for about eight years now.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m a photographer/filmmaker. When I first started, I would take landscape pictures everywhere I would go. From beaches to buildings to sunsets and the streets I would try to capture the everyday life from a different perspective not known to the human eye. I would print my pictures and frame them and hang them up in art galleries for people to see and to buy. Later on, down the line, I invested in some studio lighting and decided to get into the portrait world. These kinds of pictures are entirely different than landscapes because now you’re trying to bring out the best in another person through your eyes. At first, I was very nervous because I wasn’t sure how to interact with them but after several successful photoshoots, it all became easier. Having the ability to create an image to you’re liking is a very satisfying feeling because you’re displaying the ideas you have in your head. I also got into the video world through one of my best friends that went to school for documentary film making. He opened up this whole new platform to me and I was very intrigued. Starting doing video shoots of models to recording live bands. I had a great opportunity to also shoot for a documentary in Hawaii called Hip Hop Ohana. I am very blessed to be able to have experienced all of that. I hope my work inspires others just to go out and do the same. You are your own worst critic but if you can get passed that part and just create for your own self, then that is all that matters. Make you’re self happy and great things will follow.

How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
Life on an artist can be very simple or very complicated at times. I work a full-time job Monday through Friday, play music on the weekends with my band which includes a lot of traveling and do my photography and video work as well. A lot of my friends always ask where I find the time for all of it and my answer always is that I don’t sleep. My brain is constantly working and it really does feel like I don’t rest. My message to all up and coming artists on all different platforms is just to never give up the fight and do what you do best. At the time, it will be difficult and you will doubt many things as I have been down that road myself but if you think positive, positive things will happen. Just be yourself and stay humble my friends. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Right now, everyone can see my work through my instagram @Redmeption_Fotography. That is my portrait page and I also post all my videos on there as well. I have a landscape account under the name @RedemptionPhotography. Also, have a YouTube channel named Redemption Media that I just made and you can find my videos and BTS stuff there as well. Please extend the follow and subscribe!

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Redemption Photography

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