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Today we’d like to introduce you to Bowman Leong.

Bowman, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My journey started far away from the world of photography and art. I began my professional work life in the realm of business and finance. I worked in asset management, corporate finance, investment/private equity, and I was the CFO of a software company.

After a period of time, I discovered that I was very unhappy with the work that I was doing and, subsequently, left the industry. This was the first time in my life that I did not know what I wanted to do professionally, which was awkward and very unsettling. I remember spending much time along the coast contemplating possible next steps along with lots of self-reflection. This was when I began to really observe sunsets and the beauty of nature.

I did not own a camera at the time and did not even know how to use one, but I knew that I wanted to try and capture my own image of a sunset. I purchased an inexpensive digital SLR kit and promptly started making images. That was nearly eight years ago, and it has been quite a journey thus far.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am an independent full-time portrait, editorial, fashion, and street photographer. I use both digital and analog cameras to capture my images, and I experiment quite a bit.

I love the challenge of creating something interesting and different, which can be a difficult thing to accomplish. I look at a lot of contemporary and classic art, and I draw a lot of inspiration from these and other sources. I also spend time looking at lots of photography, both modern and vintage. Additionally, I am also inspired by various things I see all around me every day.

I strive to create interesting images that convey mood, strength, spontaneity, interesting concepts, versatility, and openness towards trying different things to make an image.

My hope is that a viewer of my images takes away something from their interaction with them, which may be an emotional connection or just simple visual satisfaction.

The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Financially it is very hard to monetize one’s artwork, which makes it difficult to earn a living as a full-time artist. This is especially true in major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and others where the cost of living is very high (and steadily becoming more expensive).

Depending on your financial situation, find another job to help make ends meet and keep making art. I know that this is incredibly challenging, but my advice would be to try to persevere and do the best that you can. Try to remember the reason(s) why you became an artist in the first place and use that to energize and motivate. Just try to keep working.

I also would suggest trying to network and maybe even take on jobs or projects outside of your areas of interest. You can make some money and perhaps meet people who can possibly open doors for you down the road. Sell your artwork at weekend art fairs and even approach small galleries who might be friendly to emerging artists.

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?
My next solo exhibition is in the early stages of planning, so nothing is concrete yet.

My last solo show, “Les rues de Paris” (The streets of Paris), was in 2017 in San Francisco. My first solo exhibition, “Femme, fille et elle” took place in 2015 in Berkeley.

The best place to support, see my work and receive updates is Instagram.

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