Today we’d like to introduce you to Ricardo Sanchez Jr.
Ricardo, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got my start in Photography during my senior year of high school. Originally setting my sights on the world of film and entertainment I fell in love with still photography when I picked my first camera. Even though most of my processors encouraged I start in film photography I gravitated to the digital world. The idea of what I can achieve and create with the Photoshop element really got me excited and pushed me forward in my craft.
After many years of shooting everything and experimenting with the different styles of photography I ended full circle. Thinking I was getting away from the video world I found myself building stories to compel the viewer that came across my work. Enjoying where I would push their eyes and thoughts just through my photos. Always building and always experimenting I hope to continue to push why creative boundaries.
Has it been a smooth road?
Whatever passion or job is chosen there is no smooth road, especially if you want to make a life for yourself. Though this career started as a passion it has become so more which has brought on its own challenges. Working LA is probably the hardest part. Being in the center of entertainment, arts, and talent industry I’m in constant competition. Working for free or trade work is almost expected of every photography, unfortunately trade work, and free work don’t pay the bills.
Though there is many of these hardships and walls I push through. I have now learned to adapt and continue to walk my path and stand out from the others. Though these hardships I know I will run into I know they will pass, so at the end the greatest problem can be me. Not letting my ego, bad thoughts, and creative blocks stop me, they are just speed bumps not cliffs to the end of a career.
How would you describe the type of kid you were growing up?
Growing up I always found myself never really fitting in. It was never a bad thing I was just always know as the funny guy in every group, Never really taken seriously and never trusted with the deep stuff. This always bothered me, but because of this I found passion in art in which I found all sorts of emotion from the funny to what I wanted the most. Drawing, painting, and even some writing it all seemed so wonderful to me and whatever i made I just wanted to share with the world.
Being the son of a contractor and the first born always brought its own set of challenges. At the time all I wanted to do was create and despite all the hard work i was put through as a child I knew I wanted to do more. As I grew thicker skin (as most contractors do) I found myself in yet another weird position with people. Feeling to much emotion for a contractor to create, yet feeling to closed off from the artist themselves to collaborate.
As I grew I continued to live in this limbo between two types of people, at first I didn’t know what to do or if I was on the right path. That was until I was finally put into a set situation where the contractor side of me allowed me to get the job done and done right the first time while the artist side of me let me create without any problem of giving direction.Growing up I always found myself never really fitting in. It was never a bad thing I was just always know as the funny guy in every group, Never really taken serioulsly and never trusted with the deep stuff. This always bothered me, but because of this I found passion in art in which I found all sorts of emotion from the funny to what I wanted the most. Drawing, painting, and even some writing it all seemed so wonderful to me and whatever i made I just wanted to share with the world.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
As a child I did a lot of dirt bike riding. This may not have much to do with making art but it as stuck with since then. This feeling of euphoria like nothing is wrong and all you have is freedom was addicting. I still get that same feeling from time to time when I shoot, I suppose at the end I’m really trying to share that with everyone.
What are your plans for the future?
In my art there is one significant change and that is to begin to share stories of others and how they find there freedom. Whether it’s through art or though there work, I’m driven to share with everyone what keeps others going. In this I hope that whoever comes across my art can find themselves
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