Today we’d like to introduce you to Bing Putney.
Bing, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
When I moved to LA, it was primarily to pursue a career in acting, with photography as a side-gig to pay the bills. I shot headshots for other actors (and still do) while I hunted for agents and auditions. Gradually though, I found myself becoming less interested in acting and more interested in photography, as it allowed me to generate work myself, start to finish, and feel a sense of ownership in what I could create. At this point I’m trying to shoot as much as I can to help narrow and define my style, polish my portfolio, and get ready for the next step.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I take photographs of people. The message and take-away from each picture are a bit different, because each subject/model/client I shoot is different, but I always strive to create a connection with the viewer. That connection may be emotional, intellectual, nostalgic, humorous, or anything else, but if the viewer feels a bit closer to the world, or to their own human experience, then I’ve done my job.
Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
I think that the cacophony of content, the constant barrage of media from all directions, has shortened people’s attention spans, and made it much more difficult for artists to stand out. We’re in constant competition for the time, attention and consideration of our audience, who generally will not take more than a few seconds to look at a photo before scrolling to the next thing. This creates an undue pressure to be overly bold or provocative in order to simply make an impression, regardless of whether it suits the artist’s vision or not.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Currently, I’m most active on Instagram (@bingputney). I try to post several times a week, primarily to see what resonates with people the most. I also have a more curated collection on my website- bngputneyphotography.com- which is geared more towards my various professional photographic endeavors.