Today we’d like to introduce you to Chad Whitaker.
Chad, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to LA to pursue music, and while still deep involved in music, I’ve found photography to be a great creative outlet. Since I’ve discovered that, I’ve just let the outlet evolve into whatever the hell it’s wanted to be.
Has it been a smooth road?
It’s 2016. The internet exists, and according to the CEO of Yahoo! everyone in the world with an iPhone is a photographer. The struggles come along when you see the amazing photography that others have shot and assume that you can’t shoot as well as other photographers. I find that I always need to work through that, and keep shooting. There’s no finite amount of great photography available for the world to shoot. I always have to remind myself that there are great photo opportunities out there if I go out and find them.
Any predictions for the industry over the next few years?
I’m not really sure where the industry can or will go, but hell, I hope it stays down its current path of better gear and a greater community of talented people. Photography seems at such a high point right now, and I’d hate to experience it going the other way. There are so many great photographers out there right now, and so many great cameras available at a quality that was never accessible before. Let’s just keep that going.
What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
Hitting a dead point in a creative process and having to pick up again. It’s all just a mindset. A mindset that can usually be corrected by pushing through and continuing with whatever you use as a creative outlet. Take more photos, write more music, paint more paintings. Generally, keep arting more art. You’re going to get stuck. A lot. But the next break through is going to be incredible made all that much better by what it took to break through. Keep arting.
What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
Get out. I mean; not permanently. LA’s great, in so many ways. But the most redeeming moments are on the very outskirts of LA. There aren’t too many places where you can be in one of the biggest cities in the world, with city and nightlife and like-minded artists, while at the same time just an hour away from amazing nature, mountains, beaches, and forests. I’ve always found that my most redeeming moments are when I take a step back from where I am in the city. Every day you find regular pathways and grooves to follow, but stepping back and looking around at something new is important and edifying. In LA you can do that. Get around, get out, come back. Document through your lens. Find the redeeming moments. Repeat.
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