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Today we’d like to introduce you to John Logic.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
At the end of 2014, my girlfriend of two years had just broken up with me. I was 19 and in my 2nd year of community college. But other than that, I didn’t have much going for myself. I didn’t have many friends, my relationship with my family was terrible, and I had no hobbies. I felt like I had to stay with her since I had nothing else. I begged her to stay with me but she insisted that we were no good together and that I’d be better off finding somebody else. I told her that eventually she’d come back to me.

At the beginning of 2015, I had just bought a new camera after going on a photoshoot with a friend a few months earlier. I loved the thrill of going out into the city, looking for cool locations, creating a scene, going home to edit, and posting the final image for everyone to see. To forget about the breakup, I went out to shoot 3-4 times a week. By the summer of 2015, I had gathered a few thousand followers, but in the early Instagram days that was a huge deal. Back then, the algorithm didn’t mess with your posts & it was very easy to grow as long as you had good content. Certainly not the case nowadays.

A few years later, my ex did reach out again & was impressed with the name I was making for myself. She didn’t want me back per say, but she definitely had more respect for me, found me more interesting, and contacted me more frequently even if I didn’t respond. Which shows that I made the right move in putting all my interest/attention into this hobby (photography) and not worrying about the ex.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Everybody has their own challenges, I’d say mine are different from most.

I have tons of locations, my editing is satisfactory. and my camera gear is solid. What I have always struggled with is internal. As an introvert, it can be difficult expressing my full thoughts to others. Small talk is something I absolutely dread, and it’s necessary in a business meeting or photoshoot. Just overall, I have been my own worst enemy. This has affected my ability to make photography a full-time career. I have a few shoots a month, but not enough to sustain myself financially yet.

So these past few years, I’ve just been focusing on myself & less on the business side. I love going out to shoot neon lights, cityscapes, sunsets, etc. And if a paid portrait session presents itself, I don’t mind putting in the work. However, I don’t stress myself out over making money as I did a couple of years ago. I have a decent-paying job at the moment and working on my flaws. Eventually, I want to put myself back in the game & try being a full-time photographer. For now, I am happy where I am.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a huge fan of sci-fi movies, comic books, and electronic music. I think I do a fair job capturing that world into my photography. Bright colors. Neon lights. Symmetry. Contrast of light & darkness. Cold atmosphere.

However, I do not claim to be unique or different from others. In fact, there are many more photographers in Los Angeles that do similar if not better work than I do. Regardless I am proud of the work I produce because as a teenager, I enjoyed going to the movies to see films like Spiderman, Avengers, X-Men, Tron. Creating something that looks like it would be in a blockbuster is what I enjoy the most.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
On YouTube, I watch a handful of tutorials if I want to learn new techniques, and on Spotify I listen to electronic music while I’m editing. But other than that, I honestly don’t listen to or read anything photography-related. Even in person, I find conversations about it pretty boring.

That’s not to say those who do create podcasts or books are not important because for many artists out there it definitely is. However, for me that’s not what I utilize to create.

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