Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristian Punturere.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kristian. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am 24 years of age and I was born n’ raised on the Westside of LA in Culver City to be exact. I wear many hats, currently alternating between photographer, model, and vintage collector/dealer. Photography though is and will always be my main medium of expression. I guess you could say I started photographing when I was at the wee age of 5 when I picked up my cousins 35mm camera and went to town on trying to capture a waterfountains stream mid-air instead of playing with the other kids at the park. That definitely was the day my passion made itself know to me but when I really dove in was when I was about 14 years old. My father and I were headed on a road trip to visit my aunt in Arizona and I felt an inclination to take my mom’s small digital point and shoot camera and document the trip. Ever since that trip, I knew photography was my thing. Following that, I quit playing baseball (previously my life path) and decided to dedicate myself to creative expression.
I started photographing more professionally when I was 18 and had begun working for Urban Outfitters photographing a great deal of their L.A focused blog content. In 2015 I moved to NYC which definitely put me up to the challenge of excelling as a photographic artist. In the late summer of 2017, I moved back to L.A to be closer to the sun and nature but also to pursue vintage collecting with more seriousness. To this day, I still collect and sell vintage but my passions are shifting back into photo-based work. As previously mentioned, I also model here and there, I’m currently signed with Lemon Lime Agency and honestly, it was something I just happened into but so far, I am in love with it.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Oh gosh, not at all. I don’t think any creative career path is a smooth road unless you’re quite privileged. The worlds of photo/modeling/vintage are extremely competitive, there is always someone doing the same exact thing as you so the room for success is slim especially starting out professionally but as the road continues on you learn to carve your own path. Most of my challenges are centered around finances which definitely resonates with most artists. Supporting yourself as a freelancer is a hustle for sure, and the road is never smooth and is always subject to ebb and flow. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot, defined my presence in the worlds I create within and have gained some sense of work/life balance. To be honest, I’m still learning and my creative path is still full of highs and lows, all of which I am extremely grateful for.
Tell us about your work. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
My main output is photo work. I also collect and deal vintage clothing and model here and there. My photo work focuses on fine art and fashion centric work if I was to give it a definition. I am most proud of the network I have built and communities I’ve become a part of because at the end of the day, sure I can list off my CV but my heart is filled to the brim with the connections, friendships and education I’ve gained doing what I do. I’m not so sure what sets me apart really, it’s tough to define but all I can say is I’ve found my style, refined my taste and with that said my work reflects that which is unique to my character.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
Not one bit. I’m a firm believer that nothing is by coincidence and my life path is written as it was meant to be. I’ve learned and grown so much and so uniquely at that to my struggles and success.
- Website: kristianpunturere.com
- Instagram: kristianpunturere
For photo of me – Alex Green. @cannedfilm on IG