Today we’d like to introduce you to Fritz Pingol.
Fritz, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I have been behind the camera off and on at several stages of my life. I remember taking photos and recording videos on my VHS camcorder during my childhood and my early teen years. I picked up the camera again in late 90’s when I launched the website Whuddup.com. Whuddup.com was an early adapter of blogging platforms and digital photography and at the time one of the only ones documenting the local Los Angeles and Long Beach Hip Hop Scene. For a few years, I would go from club to club with my trusty 5MP Sony Cyber-Shot digital camera shooting small hip-hop shows featuring up and coming artists like Mos Def, Dilated Peoples, Planet Asia, Jurrasic 5 and the Black Eyed Peas. I also shot a couple of red carpet events and a huge New Year’s Eve Party thrown by Shaquille O’Neal featuring Destiny’s Child as the headliner. Although my photography was horrible around the time I fell in love with being in the pit and shooting shows. It just felt right. Fast forward about 15 years, a friend of mine reached out and asked me to take some photos at a music festival in San Jose and the love was reignited.
I joined on with Island Block Radio on the Dash Radio platform and began shooting shows again. I was given backstage and pit access to all of the Island Block events and I have since shot over 50 concerts and major music festivals.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I love that photography can take a single moment in time and make it timeless.
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?
Join meetups, Facebook groups and be sure to introduce yourself to other photographers in the photo pit.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My latest work can always be seen on my website FritzPingol.com or my Instagram page @fritzpingol.
- Website: FritzPingol.com
- Instagram: facebook.com/fritzpingol
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fritzpingolphotography/
- Twitter: twitter.com/fritzpingol
- Other: FritzPingol.com
Fritz F. Pingol