Today we’d like to introduce you to Donald Meyerson.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My grandfather, who I was named after, passed away when I was 13. He left me his Nikon camera equipment. I never considered myself an artist, I just loved electronics and gadgets. I immersed myself in his equipment and at some point, developed some artistic tendencies. In college digital photography was brand new. I used my high school graduation money to buy my first digital camera just so I could record my college years. Heading into my sophomore year I decided to use my expensive new camera to launch a photography business called Prontophotos.com.
I was hired by fraternities, sororities, and different campus groups to photograph their events. I posted the images online, which was unheard of in the year 2000, and people bought them. Eventually the school newspaper heard about my business and hired me as a photographer. The next semester I was promoted to Photo Editor for the school paper. Six months later my school, Baylor University, hired me as a Public Relations photographer and shortly thereafter the city newspaper, The Waco Tribune Herald, hired me as a full time Staff Photographer at the age of 20. During all that time I continued to promote and shoot for my own business, which became Foto Vita. I did this until the age of 30 when I was hired onto my first TV show, purely by accident.
I loved the fast pace and logistical challenges of working in TV. Over the last 8 years I’ve worked my way up the TV ladder from Production Assistant to Supervising Producer of some of your favorite reality shows (The Amazing Race, Dancing with the Stars, Big Brother, Hell’s Kitchen, Are You the One, The Challenge). Along the way many of these shows and companies discovered my talent for photography. These shows have sent me around the world to photograph locations and do reconnaissance work on their behalf. I’m typically the first person on the ground and the last person to leave, heading up productions with hundreds of people. Photography and my camera have been my passport to places that I otherwise would have no business being at. I shoot with my heart and love what I shoot.
Please tell us about your art.
I have a very simple approach to my images. While I do shoot high end fashion and product photography which require many lights and complex setups. I also love shooting everyday scenes and items. My real joy comes in taking the everyday ordinary world, and shooting it extra ordinary. I like to show my audience that they don’t have to be in Tahiti or Paris to capture awe inspiring imagery. The truly captivating images are always right in front of you. Its whether you choose to open your eyes and mind up to the possibility that simplicity is beautiful. A lot of my art is comprised of macro photography. I shoot every day, every single day. My TV jobs take me to far off exotic parts of the world and many times I’m not allowed to disclose my locations.
I sign away a lot of my life to Non-Disclosure Agreements. However, I still shoot and post daily. In order to do so, and not break my non-disclosure agreements, I shoot a lot of macro images. I can shoot and post a photo of a flower, bug, or abstract object and in theory I could be anywhere in the world. Macro forces you to look at the world in the absolute smallest of details. I believe if you can see the world in its tiniest forms, then all the big beautiful landscapes of the world just become that much easier to see. Macro photography allows a photographer to envision a whole new world. One most photographers and artist are unaware of.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
The market is saturated with artist. It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle. Most artist forget that art grows out of them. It’s part of themselves that percolates from their mindset, from their soul. Allow that creativity to catapult forward, don’t deny or starve it. Sometimes you just have to get out of your own way and let your art do the talking. It’s easy for artist to lose their identity. Remember that it’s that fire inside, the one that forces you to create, that is your own special identity and art.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can view and support my work at http://www.donfotovita.com/ or on my Instagram at donnyfotos
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