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Meet Alexander Orosco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Orosco.

Hi Alexander, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Truthfully I believe this whole journey began the day I died, at least I was clinically dead for a good while. Before anyone asks, No, there was no light, nor me peacefully floating above my body singing kumbaya Instead everything was black and in a haze, I slowly became conscious while laying in a hospital bed. Unable to move any part of my body, I was stuck staring at a white ceiling with only a pinhole of actual vision. There was dried blood in the back of my left eye, and I had lost almost all the vision in my right. To say I was confused would be an understatement. I had lost most of my memory as well. The Doctor would later tell me that I had suffered a triple hematoma brain bleed and a stroke from head trauma. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s when your brain is bleeding in three separate locations. So I was slowly bleeding out, my cranium filling with blood until it couldn’t hold anymore and finally, my head popped. I wasn’t expected to regain any function of my body. But eventually, I did. It was 2019 and I had just lost everything, my memories, my identity as a person, my job, the small business I just started, people I called friends for almost a decade, my home, and my fiancé. I was depressed, angry, and in pain. trying to come to terms with the fact that it was the person I loved the most that nearly put me in the obituary section of the newspaper. To make matters worse, the pandemic hit shortly after I was released from the hospital, further isolating me, and pulling me deeper into my depression.

Lao Tzu once said “Silence is a source of great strength”, I Believe, If it wasn’t for me being forced into this silence, I would never have had an honest conversation with myself to truly figure out who I was as a person and what I wanted to do with the remainder of my life. I realized the running theme has always been the act of creating. Painting, writing, playing music, filming short videos, and taking pictures. These were always a source of happiness and fulfillment for me. As I continued to recover I began to try a little bit of everything Painting, Sketching, Playing the guitar, and making Short Gaming videos, but my literal vision always got in the way of what I really wanted to. It was only after my eye surgery that I dusted off my old camera and began to take photos and post them on Instagram. I began to take the feedback from the community and reapply it to my new photos, I started to enjoy the interactions and connecting with other people from different parts of the world. I didn’t feel so alone anymore. I started to focus on self-portraiture and used photography as a way to get over my anxiety and depression. It helped me finally decide to go into the city once the restrictions began to be lifted. That was when I met Omar in a random serendipitous moment. All it took was one photo and honest exchange and I ended up doing my first collaboration with him. I realized how much I enjoyed taking portraits, having conversations with people, implementing creative ideas and using my love for cinema and Painting to create my own style of Photographs.

During my recovery, there was something I read from Mary Oliver that stuck with me, she wrote “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” I believe our experiences make us stronger. Especially the bad ones. There is always something to be learned and then reapplied to the bigger picture of your life.

My work explores the darker themes of existence and recently I began to use photography as a way to understand and embrace the dark thoughts, trauma, and the often ignored topics of the human experience. Through that work I find myself Slowly becoming at peace and accepting who I am, learning to truly live in the moment, and fully embrace the experience of the situations I find myself in. I hope that when people look at my work or collaborate with me it can be a positive experience of acceptance and release. I want people to know that they are not alone. That these topics of mental illness, anxiety, depression, loss, and pain are things a lot of people face every day and sometimes the answer is to face these things head-on and explore that darkness especially if you are trying to fully understand who you truly are.

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 definitely hasn’t been easy. I deal with anxiety and depression every day. I’ve had to overcome my addiction to pain medications and slowly overcome my insomnia. I’ve had to come to terms with the loss of many of my relationships and fully take responsibility in the role I played in the overall outcome. Most importantly pertaining to my career I’ve had to train myself in how to see with my new limited vision. I’ve had to relearn how to function as a normal human being, how to properly take care of myself and become fully independent once again.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a photographer who specializes in Portraits, I’m mostly known for my creative photo manipulation work. I’m proud of the fact that despite my limitations I have found a way to overcome these obstacles and am absolutely grateful that I am able to continue to pursue my love for photography, art, and my overall creative endeavors.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Risk is absolutely necessary in order to progress in life. Most people don’t realize that they take risks every day. It could be as simple as driving your car to work or as extreme as putting one’s safety on the line in order to save another’s life. As for me, I’ve decided to stop being afraid of what life has to offer and fully embrace every situation I find myself in. I’ve put all of my money that I have left, into my career and my personal pursuit of fulfillment. I put myself out into the world as I truly am despite the fear of judgment. I’ve learned to risk every bit of comfort I’ve ever had in order to accomplish the goals I have set out for myself. I want the scars, the pain, and the failures in order to find and appreciate those little moments of triumph, happiness, and peace. I personally risk everything I have left in order to experience as much of what this life has to offer.

Pricing:

  • Headshots $150
  • 1-hour personal session 10 edits $300
  • 2-hour personal session 20 edits $450

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