Today we’d like to introduce you to Bishop Elegino.
Hi Bishop, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’m a 21 years old artist born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. I love anything fashion, photography, modeling, and mostly creating art with my friends. I started doing photography a year ago because I needed photos for my own personal brand and I’ve been shooting ever since. I am highly inspired by ’90s and early 2000s magazine covers and photos that express emotion through colors and shadows. I developed a love for conceptualizing shoots, thinking outside the box, and sharing my art with others. I dream big and I know I want to do a little bit of everything as an artist. As of right now, I am focusing a lot on my photography career, but I do plan on refocusing on my fashion brand soon.
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?
Yes and No. Creating art is fulfilling and fun for me but there has also been a lot of personal, mental, and financial struggles doing it. Many people don’t notice how creating is time-consuming and stressful as well as it is fun and glamorous. There have been moments where I have felt confused or lost following my dreams; however, I know that my struggles have shaped me into a more confident artist and pushed me to keep pursuing what I love.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a photographer, fashion designer, model, creative director and many more. As of right now, I am known for my photography career. I specialize in high fashion/brand photography and portrait photography. I can say that I am proud of two things: 1: creating some of the best art with my friends 2. Shooting publication features with Vogue and Hella Pinay Magazine. I can say that my optimism and desire for constant change in my art is what sets me apart from others because I am always reaching and setting new goals.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Not to be a perfectionist. I still feel like I am relearning this lesson today as I’m learning to love imperfections more. I feel like I am straying away from my past habits and allowing myself to be more expressive and emotional in my art. Doing this has allowed me to see things from a different perspective and learn to appreciate unconventional art and the things that I find beauty in that others may not.
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