Today we’d like to introduce you to Hamid Mahramzadeh.
Hamid, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My interest in photography started back in Europe when I was living in England and would visit my uncle in Germany on holidays. His interest in photography got me curious about it. I bought my first SLR camera (a Minolta) in Hanover, Germany. So, Photography became my hobby. I moved to the States to go to college, and my camera was with me at every event. I was the official photographer at parties and friends weddings. In order to improve my skills, as well as learning how to print my own photos, I started taking photography classes. As one of our assignments in my class, we had to shoot two models. The assignment was creative and much more interesting than shooting inanimate objects. That experience was enough to push me more toward developing my skills in fashion photography.
I further developed my skills by taking fashion photography classes at UCLA. Classes were taught primarily by fashion magazine photographers. The class was more than taking pictures of models. It was also providing guidance towards networking with modeling agencies and models. That’s where I took a leap forward in fashion photography.
I took a break from photography after my son was born. He became my model and subject of my photography for a long time. Few years after my divorce, my son left for college, but love of photography stayed with me. That’s when I met Raz who became love of my life and my inspiration, and my beautiful Model who guided me back to fashion photography.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do? Why? And what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a freelance fashion photographer with background in Structural Engineering and Architecture. There are various reasons for my interest in Engineering/Architecture and photography. I see beauty in fashion and architecture, and I see both as expressions of our views and feelings about the world around us at periods of time in our past and present history. We can see evolution of fashion and architecture as we compare both over generations. The wonderful thing about fashion is that it is universal, and it is not limited to any country, nationality, gender or race. It doesn’t have to be extravagant to be pleasing or beautiful. So, as a fashion photographer, I have been mostly creating photographs that express combination of fashion and architecture. I hope people who follow my art to get the same feeling and see the connections between fashion and architecture as various shapes of art.
The stereotype 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?
I believe today’s technology is providing great opportunities for artists to access a wide range of audiences around the world. Internet sites such as Instagram and YouTube give instantaneous exposure to an artist across the globe with little initial investment. So, these technologies can become bridges for artists to connect with each other and share ideas.
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 work is exhibited on my website fotobottega.com, and on Instagram @mah_hamid, I sometimes post photos on Facebook as well. Art enthusiasts who are interested in my work can visit my website and follow me on IG, and encourage their friends to follow me as well.