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Art & Life with Eric Magana

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Magana.

Eric, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised in Norwalk, California which is part of Los Angeles County. I grew up in a Spanish speaking household with my family who migrated to Los Angeles from Jalisco, Mexico. Growing up I was always aware of my Mexican roots and culture. Which is why today I am proud to be Mexican American; Chicano. Since I was little I always enjoyed traveling and taking pictures. I can still remember when I was about eight years old I would play with my mom’s point and shoot film camera. I am a photography student in College. I love to shoot both film and digital.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I am a photographer, I shoot in both film and digital. Shooting on film gives a sense of mystery and surprise. Due to the fact that when you are shooting on film you cannot see the image you photographed until you develop your film. Another thing that I love about shooting film is the dark room process. I enjoy developing my own roll of film and then taking those negatives and printing in the dark room. Getting a good print as the final result after shooting, film development and dark room prints is all an art form within itself. I also enjoy scanning the negatives and editing and printing digitally.

Shooting digitally is what I mostly do when it comes to fashion/editorial photography. Seeing the way, the shots are coming out is important in this case, because you can see if the exposure, angle, and concept is right. Shooting for fashion and models has always been an interest of mine. I enjoy the idea of working with the team behind the scenes such as the hair, makeup, stylist, to create this look for the model and the model’s talent to deliver what the photographer in-visions. As a photographer I have different concepts and ideas of what I am trying to show but then it’s up to the viewer to perhaps interpret it the same way or differently.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
The advice I give to other artists is to always be yourself with the way you choose to do your art. Never stop or change your art just because it’s not currently trendy or currently accepted in society. And to always look for inspiration!

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work through online photography platforms such as Instagram and VSCO. And I am in hopes of in the future to be able to print and showcase my work in Art shows and galleries, also in magazines and websites. Anyone can support my work by just simply taking the time to see my work, also sharing it with other people.

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Image Credit:
All images photographed by me: Eric Magana.
Models: Mia Mars, Mayra Lozano, Samantha Vitone, Erick Espinoza, Iman Assaber.

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