Today we’d like to introduce you to Trevor Sochocki.
Trevor, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My first dose of photography came when I was a sophomore in high school. I was a writer for the school paper, and an opportunity arose to go to New York City for a journalism convention. I applied and was chosen, and before I left, my mom gave me her old, outdated, but still-functioning camera. I didn’t really know what I was doing and played around with the settings a lot and took a ton of pictures in the city. When I showed them to my friends, they were really impressed, and then I showed them to my parents, and they were impressed as well. Looking back, those were some terrible photos with no attention to any rules or detail whatsoever, but that encouragement was what I needed to get started.
I began to carry that camera around with me everywhere, helped start a photography club at my school, and found a mentor to teach me anything I wanted to know. Just over a year later, my family went to Alaska on a vacation, and I brought a new camera along. That got me into landscape photography, which is still my favorite type of photography. It’s such a pristine scene up north—nothing else beats it. However, during this time I was also working as a sports photographer, which I brought with me to college. When I came to USC, I applied to be a photographer for the Daily Trojan. I was accepted, then brought on as an assistant photo editor, then after a sudden exist by the former editor, I became one of two photo editors in my first six weeks at college. I also knew I wanted to find a community of photographers, so I signed up for the USC Photo Club.
After the first meeting, I knew I wanted to take a bigger role, so I applied and interviewed for a spot on the Executive Board. I was accepted, and before I knew it, I was helping plan events and organize gatherings for the club. Although in my interview I said I didn’t want to be super involved in the leadership, I realized that I really did, and after a year of being Director of Events, I was elected president of the club, which I am incredibly honored by. After a year of being Photo Editor at the newspaper however, I was offered an opportunity to work with USC Athletics and become an official sports photographer, which I have now been doing for about a year. I go (and sometimes travel) to any of the varsity sports games, including football, basketball, and baseball, as well as assist with photo shoots.
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?
While I do all kinds of photography, from portraits to sports, I truly enjoy landscapes the most. I love traveling all over the world and capturing the natural beauty that Earth offers us. I hope that my art takes people away from wherever they are, and brings them a place they want to go, a place they want to appreciate.
I want nature to be preserved and taken care of, and I hope when people see the places that I’ve been and understand that those places could be gone in an instant, they understand there is a need to conserve the land that has been given to us, and not just destroy it for whatever gain it may lead to. Living things and processes much older than us have been using this land longer than we have, and we should appreciate what we are blessed with—don’t take it for granted.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
My father always told me luck is where opportunity meets preparation. If you are a good artist, keep plugging yourself, keep trying to find places that will show you, or work with other artists to all put something together. It’s important to remember that even the best of us had to start somewhere. Know that if you have a talent and you put in the work (which I would argue is even more important) you will get your chance. Take that chance and prove to anyone you can that you have a gift.
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 find my work at USC Photo Club exhibitions and showcases, as well as on my social media. If people want to hire me for portraiture or would like to sponsor a trip of mine, feel free to reach out via email or social media. I would also encourage anyone interested in supporting me to consider supporting your local state, county, or national park or forest, and give to a conservationist group of your choice, because they are doing the work that allows me to do my work.
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