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Today we’d like to introduce you to Robbie Shum.

Robbie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was exposed to photography at an early age, but can easily admit I never embraced it until I was well into my 30’s. My attention and interests were all over the place, be it music or art. You could say I was a jack of all trades, yet master of none. That was very apparent in my adolescence. The only consistency was my drive to create. It appeared that my brain was hardwired for it.

It wasn’t until after my less than illustrious and slightly danger-filled stint as a graffiti artist that I started to really even consider working with a camera on a creative level. All it took was a run-in with one territorial, gun-toting artist to have me looking for another creative outlet. Coupled with years as a graphic designer and previously owning a camera made that transition a little less difficult. All I had to do now was really learn how to use the camera properly. Definitely a lot of trial and error involved.

Many of my formative years as a photographer were either spent researching or navigating the streets and alleys of Downtown Los Angeles. Being a transplant, this served as a great way for me to get to know my new city and the people that brought it to life. Coincidentally enough, it was my time in Los Angeles that really brought my love for photography to fruition. This city and its people have been a constant reminder of what has made me more and more passionate.

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 am a fine art and documentary photographer. I would like to think the photos I create are a marriage of both worlds. I like to capture moments in everyday life, and I like to present these moments using simplicity, symmetry, and the combination of light and negative space to tell a story.

Although I may use color from time to time, I tend to gravitate towards the classic black and white. I often feel there is a raw, dramatic emotion that tends to come from black and white images. I’m also a fan of film noir which you can probably get a sense of when you see my work.

Ultimately, I would like the viewer to be able to connect with my photos and see there is always the presence of beauty through chaos. What I’m sharing is merely my perspective of the unpredictability that is encapsulated throughout each scene I come across.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I don’t think the artist’s role has changed much. Artists have and will always use their platform to voice opinions or shed light on the events happening around them. Being a documentary photographer allows me the access needed to cover any event which may eventually be incorporated into my work.

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?
I have been recently featured in an art installment in association with Downtown Los Angeles titled: DTLA – IRL(Downtown Los Angeles In Real Life). The exhibit featured the lifestyle and vibrance of the downtown area.

Social media is an easy way to view current works of course, and I also have my website( which is continually being updated with content. Limited prints are available for purchase through my website and/or emailing directly.

Currently, I am compiling a body of work for an upcoming book I hope to be published by the fall, and I am working with several galleries that will be displaying some of my printed pieces this year.

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