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Daily Inspiration: Meet Gregory Prescott

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gregory Prescott.

Hi Gregory, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’m originally from Los Angeles but grew up in Houston Texas. I became interested in photography in the ’90s. I started off interested in illustration. I was always into art and fashion but once I discovered iconic photographer, Herb Ritts and his body of work, I figured out that taking photos was faster and more rewarding for me, than drawing or sketching an image. Herb Ritts became my source of inspiration. Everything changed at that point. I became very fascinated in creating art using the human body as my subject, with a camera.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been a long road. Back in the day, there were not nearly as many photographers and it was easier to stand out but now with digital cameras, cell phone cameras, and photoshop, the photography world has become a lot more saturated. But social media has definitely created a much larger world and platform for photography and it also has allowed artists the ability to show their work to a larger audience and make great connections. It’s a lot more competitive these days but that can also help for artists to be more driven and also a great source of inspiration. As I see it, it challenges any artist in all fields, to step their game up.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a photographer that specializes in art nudes, portraits and editorials of people of diversity and people of color. It is important for me to represent more diversity in the art world. I shoot a wide range of models of different skin colors, gender, body and hair types, skin types and conditions and sexual identity to bring more acceptance of others when defining what is beauty in the art world. When you look at my body of work, you see all types of people whom have modeled for me. I have self-published two books, Only Human in 2019, which have sold out, and I have put out a book earlier this year called, Social Distance which explores how cultural differences has created social distances so through my photography I try to showcase social acceptance and togetherness.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Risk taking starts off with pushing yourself to levels that you have not gone before. Investing money and time in doing things beyond your comfort level or that you simply have not explored, to make projects happen. Trying new things and not really knowing what the outcome will be but hoping to add new elements to your work is risk taking. I have taken risks by self-publishing my coffee table books, traveling to locations for shoots or trying a different style with my photography, in an effort to grow with my art. You can’t work in fear and expect to grow as an artist or entrepreneur.

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