Today we’d like to introduce you to David Solorzano.
David, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Well, I was born in Tijuana, Mexico but I was raised in a small town called Tecate, in the state of Baja California Norte. It was a border town and I grew up going back-and-forth to San Diego quite often. I did most of my studies in Mexico up until high school where I attended Steele Canyon high school, and it was through the video program there that I discovered my love for image-making. So, I pursued a career in film and more specifically cinematography after getting out. Once college was finished and it was time to fully chase a career, I slowly found out that my passion really was in photography more than moving images. It was a slow transition for me but living in Los Angeles and surrounding myself by creative and supportive people made it a bit easier although leaving a career you’ve been chasing for eight years behind is never easy. I couldn’t be happier now.
At first, I started as an assistant for many photographers which taught me useful techniques and tricks of the trade while simultaneously allowing me the opportunity to play with the latest equipment and to get my bearings around a photo set. I consider myself to be incredibly lucky for the Things I’ve been able to do and be part of. From small intimate portrait sessions to large multi-stage productions all with their own unique lesson.
Now, I focus on shooting portraiture and I also follow a band called Bones UK on tour shooting for their social media accounts as well as the recent opportunity to shoot their debut album cover. With the crazy adventures, I get to be a part of on tour and the sense of home and family, I’ve been able to create in Los Angeles with my friends, I really consider my life to be something I have to pinch myself awake from sometimes.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a photographer focusing primarily on music photography and portraiture. Although those are two different areas of photography I think they overlap in important ways.
With my portraiture, I would like the viewer to learn something about the subject without having ever met them and maybe relate and create a connection. And if I’m really lucky to create a portrait that really captures the essence of the person I’m photographing.
With my tour photography, I really want to transport people to an exciting moment in time where this band is performing. Music means a lot to many people and being the one with the camera I get to capture visually and hopefully create images that are tied to a wonderful memory for somebody. I also want to give people a sneak peek into the lives of these musicians. Show them how much they care and put into the performances. Humanize and display the pain and the joy equally that these people put into their art. And lastly, document these very special moments in time when a connection is made between fan and musician.
The only thing I wish people to know about my artwork is that it is hard for me to consider myself an artist, I really just want to capture moments and people that I consider to be beautiful.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think the conditions for artists today have improved in major ways but also have their shortcomings. I think it is easier to be an artist but harder to make a living as an artist.
So many advances in technology have allowed more people the ability to create work. From classes on YouTube to cheaper cameras and materials. All of this contributes to a bit of saturation in many fields. And although social media and the Attention people pay to it make it easier for you to display your work and show it you are now competing with thousands and thousands of more people.
You can argue that an artist’s life is filled by creating their work but at the end of the day, we still have to eat.
Another factor that has made life a bit harder for artists in recent years is the misconception that what we do should not be valued or priced as high as it is because “there are others that do the same thing and will charge me less” or that we are just doing a hobby and should just do them a favor.
As for the last question about what cities can do to help encourage artists, I’m afraid I feel a bit inadequate answering. I am guilty of not exploring all the options available to me through the city.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Well, I don’t have any exhibitions or gallery shows right now so the easiest way is to see my work in the classic channels of Instagram and my website, Instagram @davesolophoto and Davesolophoto.com.
And if you like what you see and like to support my work, I sell prints of everything you see and in this world of likes and retweets and shares, following me on social and telling your friends about me is the easiest and quickest way to help me keep shooting, and would be greatly appreciated.
Oh, and of course, hiring me if you want to hire me to shoot something let me know, hahaha!
David A Solorzano