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Art & Life with Greg Goss

Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Goss.

Greg, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Art and photography haven’t always played such a big role in my life. When I was 19 years old, I was attending the University of Michigan with an undeclared major. I was losing interest in most of my classes and my grades started to reflect such, so I took an indefinite leave of absence. At the same time, I knew I didn’t want to stay in Ann Arbor, so I looked a map of the world and decided to move to an island in the Caribbean I had never heard of — St. Lucia. I started doing some research and found a work-exchange opportunity. I packed a couple of bags, bought a one way ticket and was on my way. While I was there, I ended up having quite a bit more time to myself than I expected and travelled throughout the island, hitchhiking rides, meeting new people, and exploring hidden beaches. Naturally, I began documenting my experiences with the camera on my phone and created a blog to write about my day-to-day activities. Before I knew it, I had compiled a mini portfolio filled with images that enveloped an entire six months worth of memories. When I returned to the states, friends and family wanted to hear about my experience and I began to realize how powerful an image can be in the storytelling process. From there, I continued taking photos and re-enrolled in school, declaring a major in Visual Storytelling. Since then, photography has constantly served as a way for me to subtlety express my individual perspective.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is my photography. I truly consider it a storytelling medium and use it as such. When I was starting out, I would take photos of pretty much any and anything, but the more I did it, the more I realized how powerful an image can be. I began taking portraits of people I didn’t know — strangers on the street, acquaintances of friends, and anyone that captured my personal interest. As I would edit the photos, I would notice the way that eyes have a way of speaking through silence, and at times, I would feel such strong and intimate connections to the people in the image. I hope that when people look at my photos they too, feel connected and that a sense of empathy for people on both sides of the camera is incited.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
It’s hard to say what the biggest challenge for every artist is today because everybody has their own journey and deals with individual obstacles, but generally speaking, I think one of the tallest hurdles for an artist today is staying relevant and relatable. This is the golden age for all sorts of artists in regards to creating content and sharing with the public, but precisely because of that, every market is saturated with art that may or may not move people in the way that it was able to twenty years ago.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
People can see my work at www.fitzgearldgoss.com.
www.fitzgearld.vsco.co
@gfgoss on instagram

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