Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Yang.
Eric, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m a filmmaker, first and foremost, and although I’ve always had an eye for photography, it was only during the last couple of years that I delved more deeply into photography.
Photography is probably the purest form of storytelling. With just a single frame you can tell a story or reveal an emotion. Photography is also a great way to stay creative.
Every time I venture out into the streets with my camera I learn something new about the craft or human behavior. For me, filmmaking and photography work hand-in-hand to inspire new ideas; my filmmaking sensibilities inspires my photography and vice versa. My work is also very much an expression of myself.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a struggle, and to be honest, it still is. Making a living creating art while trying to pay the bills is not an easy endeavor. But I love it too much. I’d rather struggle doing something I love than succeed doing something I hate.
Please tell us about Eric Yang Photography.
I specialize in portrait and editorial photography. My work tends to be raw, emotional, and somewhat dark at times, which I think sets me apart from other photographers in Los Angeles. Although my style can vary depending on who or what the subject is, I’m not afraid to play with darker feelings such as sadness.
The other thing I believe sets me apart is that I feel that I’m still learning. It’s a never-ending learning process, which is one of the many things that makes photography so thrilling and satisfying. Whether it’s technical stuff or visual style, my work as a filmmaker and photographer is always evolving.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
To be honest, I don’t think I would do anything differently. I’ve learned from my mistakes. If we never make mistakes, how do we become better at what we do? If I were given the opportunity to go back in time, I would probably remind my younger self that it’s not supposed to be easy. No matter how hard it gets, it will always be worth it.
Main photo: Benjamin Reece