Today we’d like to introduce you to Rick Head.
Rick, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I realized early on that photographs are captured moments in time that can be shared with others. From a young age, I would buy disposable cameras and photograph my family, friends, various activities and places I would visit. As an adult, I discovered photography as a means to create my art. Consisting primarily of Black and White portraits, nudes and landscapes, I have been known to shoot some color when it strikes me. There is a sort of magic that happens getting to know someone to create a portrait, seeing light and shadow fall across a body or object and finding yourself in a scene to capture. I currently work as a professional photographer and media coordinator.
Has it been a smooth road?
I think when you enjoy what you’re doing it’s easier to work through the challenges. To create really great images you must continuously challenge yourself to find new and better ways of doing everything from communication skills to pre and post processing images to choosing the right gear. Being for the most part self-taught, one of the biggest obstacles for me was learning to differentiate between well intended and negative or baseless criticism. Another was learning to literally look at the “big picture” and not focus on a single aspect you may like about an otherwise flawed image. The reality is that challenges and obstacles will always be part of the program.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and career?
That’s actually a good question. I’ve never really considered myself a “lucky” person, however, luck, both good and bad certainly plays a role in everyone’s life. I tend to be more of an optimist so I try to focus more on the good. You could say getting a flat tire is a “bit of bad luck” or you could say “lucky I have a spare”. I guess it’s all in how you look at life. I can say I’ve had some bad luck in my life and career yet I can always seem to find a way to counter it with good. Now, winning the lottery, that would be really good luck!
Do you feel like there are certain traits that increase the likelihood of success?
I try to be a good person. Whatever I do, I try to do it the best I can. It’s a simple formula for success. Now, if people are still talking about and enjoying your art long after you’re gone. Then you have left a positive contribution to society, and that, to me is the ultimate level of success.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Man, there is so much to love about LA. It seems whatever you want you can find it here. I love the art scene, the multicultural society, the food and the beaches. I like taking the subway Downtown and walking around taking pictures. Every now and then my wife and I will get together with some friends and pick something we’ve never seen before or somewhere we’ve never been before and go there. A sort of adventure group. There is so much history and culture to explore. I think what I dislike about LA are too far outnumbered by what is great about LA that I don’t think about it much… except traffic, yep, the traffic sucks.
- Website: www.exilegallery.net
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“in action” photo credit to JimmyD