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Meet Inglewood Photographer: Kevin Tidmore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin Tidmore .

Kevin , please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Originally a Fine Arts major one semester I needed three credits. Someone suggested photography was the easiest class on campus. Once I started the class I found photography came to me very easy. In the first semester, I noticed other photographers that were far more advanced, began watching me shoot. After seeing my work the teacher also became interested in my lighting and other techniques. A gentleman producing a publication for congress came to class and purchased two of my images for $500 each; that defining moment pushed me to pursue photography.

I’ve gone on to work in several fields of photography from: medical, promotional, to producing press kits during the late 1990s and early 2000s for Paramount Pictures while working for Photo Lab and Digital (formerly located Hollywood, CA). Now focusing on different types of freelance work from events, fashion, art, street, promotional, and editorial, while featured in various exhibits. Being a freelance photographer created the opportunity to capture various images such as activists Angela Davis, Rosa Parks, and Jessie Jackson, to fashion and press photography for Dysonna Magazine.

The evolution of how I started and how I got to where I am today is a collection of ups and downs, good things and bad things. I believe these things shape the way I see the photographic media today. It gives me a perspective, sensitivity to see things quicker as they happen, and to understand how to tell a story through my lens.

Has it been a smooth road?
My journey was not always a smooth road. I’ve turned down opportunities for various reasons but that is nature of any independent profession if you want the respect of your peers. The quality of my work is very important. Sometimes I have to choose between my integrity, how I would like people to perceive my work and capabilities versus producing work just to make money. When I walk away from any job I know that I am honest, upfront with the client, and I produce work to the best of my ability.

Who, or what, deserves a lot of credit for where you are today?
I am grateful for having the opportunity to show my work at institutions such as the Watts Towers, Dysonna Magazine, also in several of the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department’s publications. The most influential people in my career are artist such as Lili Bernard and Willie Middlebrook, Jr., both leaders in the LA art community. Willie Middlebrook, Jr., although sadly he passed away in 2012, he always had the time to teach and offer good advice, for that I will always be grateful. I’m lucky to have the family that I have, as they are my biggest supporters. They keep me going when times are tough and cheer me on when times are good.

Do you have a favorite type of client or project?
I would like to work with an architectural firm or historical society photographing different types of architecture. Hopefully, in the near future, I might be working on putting together a book of images of the Downtown Los Angeles area with a boutique publishing company that produces coffee table books. Also, I have an idea that I would like to do for a project, which would be to teach junior high and high school students to produce their own photography.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you were just starting out?

I would take advantage of certain opportunities without letting life get in the way of my decisions. I would take more risks.

Contact Info:

  • Website: coming soon
  • Phone: 310-256-9971
  • Email: tidmore_k@yahoo.com
  • Instagram: coming soon
  • Facebook: coming soon

 

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