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Meet Alex Duckworth of Shot by Duckworth in Leimert Park

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Duckworth.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Alex. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I fell in love with movies as a kid. My mother took me to see Jurassic Park, and I was hooked. She would take my siblings and me to the movies almost every weekend, and I would escape my surroundings through my imaginations. By the time I picked up a camera in College, I knew I wanted to use it to tell stories. With some friends at Morehouse College, I made a short film, Five Strings, which ended up in the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. That initial creative breakthrough gave me the confidence to continue to pursue a career in visual arts.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all, but everybody has their struggle, for me, I had to struggle with, and continue to fight against stereotypes and prejudices towards African-Americans in the film and television industry. It has been my experience that in order to advance your station in this industry you must be willing to get your hands dirty, more than anything, what has carried me through is a desire to acquire new skills that inform my perspective as a creative.

Please tell us about Shot by Duckworth.
I’m a photographer, videographer, and editor specializing in digital content, my approach is rooted in a love for my community and the beauty it has revealed to me through the years. I try and capture the emotion present in all the colors, angles, and subjects in my work. When I hear the coded language, such as “urban” and “inner-city” to describe communities like the one I come from in Los Angeles, I know I have a responsibility to present an alternative narrative. Through my 35mm film photography, you can see the intersection of beauty and pain where the light meets the dark.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Essential Qualities

My ability to connect with people in a meaningful way is crucial to my success. You have to give respect in order to get it. I respect the human condition; the story behind the eyes. In order for me to find the truth in my subject, we must connect with each other through mutual respect.

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