Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Danforth.
Todd, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I have been for as long as I can remember a storyteller. I grew up in a small suburban town in Massachusetts with an incredibly large family who at its core was fueled by creativity; my father could scour the forest floor for fallen branches, tree trunks, and other wood to build a rocking chair entirely from his imagination.
My grandfather was diagnosed with dementia in 2009 which prompted me to explore how this disease affected not only him but my family. The decision not to move him into a nursing home was firm and he remained surrounded by my family until the day he passed away in my Aunt’s home. This decade-long photographic essay is comprised mostly of portraits scattered with letters and writing from my family over the years.
English was my focus during my first year at college until I realized I needed to be fully immersed in art. Shortly after graduating from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Boston with a BFA in photography, I became the studio manager for a boutique wedding photography studio where I quickly learned the ins and outs of the business until I branched out on my own.
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?
My work is rooted in the desire to create a visual or written narrative. Documentary photography has a way to transcend that which can not be translated, traversing the landscape of language into a realm where it can be universally understood. My purpose as a wedding photographer is to create a visual narrative from images that will later evoke the feelings from that day.
The years spent photographing my family, documenting their lives, and ultimately recording their legacy has no doubt influenced my work with other families.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success for me is defined by my ability to deliver a slice of a moment in time to all of my clients, giving them something that they will cherish for decades to come- that is what brings the joy in what I do.
The most important quality for success as an artist is being true to who you are, finding that genuine voice within yourself, and giving that authenticity back to the world through art.
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?
The work that I created for my family can be found in an online publication here:
I am available to photograph weddings, portraits, and documentary sessions.
- Website: www.toddjdanforth.com
- Phone: 508-282-9341
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @toddthephotographer