Today we’d like to introduce you to Douglas Wallace.
Douglas, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’ve always been a fan of film and photography since I was little. I started off making low budget YouTube videos in high school on my old Nokia phone with my best friend Louis. After high school, I took a film appreciation class and a couple of photography classes learning how to develop film, editing and learning about color and shooting in black&white. I took a long unwanted break after not having the money to continue in school. In 2014 a friend of mine let me borrow her cousin’s camera and this jump-started my passion again and since then I’ve done parties, behind the scenes shots for major tv shows such as black ink crew and numerous concerts.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
They always say a calm sea never makes a skilled sailor. I’ve dealt with a lot of rejection, I’ve dealt with a family laugh and mock me about making this into a career. In March of this year, I lost my mother who was my rock and losing her almost made me call it quits but I know for a fact if I gave up I prove people right and I know I can’t have that. My mom was one of my supporters she bought me my action camera a month before I lost her and it helped me make the amazing videos on my YouTube.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I specialize in mostly photography but I’m somewhat of a whiz in videography. My style is mostly street and urban photography. I’m an avid patron to this night photo meet called TFTI (thanks for the invite) I also travel through downtown Los Angeles and shoot. I’m proud I built something I can call my own my goal is to be a production company like Wesley Snipes did.
What were you like growing up?
I was a very quiet person and mostly kept to myself. I was also really creative and had a vivid imagination when I watched tv I always thought about “what if I was apart of this show? Or how would I shoot or direct this?” I always looked up to Andy Warhol, Martin Scorsese, spike lee, and Stan Lee
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