Today we’d like to introduce you to Cesar De La Cruz.
Cesar, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley with my parents and my two sisters. Growing up, my mom really instilled creativity in me. I remember her paying me a couple of bucks to write some stories as a kid. That turned into me just writing for fun or for my sake. Later on, down the road my folks got me a camcorder for my birthday one year. That’s when my passion for writing turned into shooting. I would shoot a lot of stop motion skits with my sisters. I eventually put the camcorder down for a few years and it wasn’t until high school that I got that itch again. I shot stupid videos with friends then that turned into shooting skate/BMX videos. My camcorder broke half way through high school and my interest for photography sparked. A friend of mine was shooting at the time we’d go out to shoot, at the time I was shooting with my family’s Olympus point and shoot camera.
After high school I kept at it, instead of using the digital camera I started buying disposables and shooting with those. I started shooting photos of people and things on my commute to school, really anything that was interesting to me. About a year later I bought my first camera, my 35mm Olympus OM-10, the same camera I primarily shoot with today. I’ve been shooting for over 8 years and have loved every second of it.
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’m a photographer, I mainly shoot “street photography,” but have been working on my portfolio as a portrait photographer. I shoot mainly 35mm black and white film, Polaroids and digital here and there. I love the look of film, the act of loading up a new roll and that feeling you get when you finish a roll. I like to catch people naturally, so no posing for photos. I usually shoot people and things by surprise unless I deliberately want to shoot a portrait of a person. I hope people take away the fact that film is a fun format to shoot with and that it’s still accessible today. Also, to stay out of the way, I’ve learned to be good at letting the scene take place and not interfering, a lot of my favorite photos have been the ones where I didn’t intervene.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I think it can be lonely but the great thing about photography, especially street photography is that you don’t need a lot. Just grab your camera and head outside, go for a walk, check out a museum or art exhibit and you’ll come across something. Although, it is great to connect with other artists, just to see what other people are shooting, their techniques and to get an overall honest opinion from one artist to another. Instagram is a great way to connect with people, there’s some cool photo meet ups I’ve been to in the past. Checking out the hashtags on there too is a great way to see what other photographers are shooting.
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?
People can see my work online, I’m working on a site at the moment but my Instagram is where I post most of my work. I don’t have a lot up on there because rolls have to come back but you can support my work by checking out my page.
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