Today we’d like to introduce you to Cameron Derby.
Cameron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I’m an artist originally from Akron, Ohio and I’ve been drawing since I could pick up a Crayon. I grew up under an artistic roof, raised by a painter/graphic artist and creative art director, so I’ve always been surrounded by creativity. High school is when I got into photography, and following that I went on to Columbia College Chicago for photography. That’s when I really began to concentrate on portraiture and documentary work, as well as start merging my fine art and photography. Over the years I’ve enjoyed working and collaborating with a variety of people and other artists along the way. After moving to California 3 years ago, I’ve continued to pursue my creative path and have been working on several personal photographic documentaries that I’m excited to release in the near future. I’ve also been focusing on pet photography, as well as my pencil portraits. My interest in people and dogs, along with my love for culture is what drives most of my work.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road but has always been worth it. One struggle I’ve experienced over past years is trying to maintain a balance between freelance work and outside employment. Another I’ve encountered that I actually find fascinating is that people have found it difficult to accept the connection between my work and myself based on my appearance, and have felt gender discrimination in certain situations. No matter the obstacles, nothing’s been too overwhelming.
What’s your outlook for the industry over the next 5-10 years?
In the next 5-10 years, I see this industry continuing to become more digital, unfortunately making mediums like film more rare. I could see many changes happening not only with technology but also in art techniques and mediums. Whether it’s in the fine art or photography industry no matter what the changes are, art will always adapt.
What would you say has been the biggest challenge for you over the course of your career?
My biggest challenge over the years has been pursuing my freelance career while maintaining employment. Although most of my jobs have been in the artistic field, it can be hard working long hours, then putting the same amount of energy into my creative projects, but it’s definitely worth it. My goal is to be a freelance artist full time, but it’s sometimes difficult to keep a balance in the meantime.
Let’s change gears – is there any advice you’d like to give?
My advice for other’s would be to stay persistent, consistent, and also patient. I feel that these three things go a long way.
- Website: www.cameronderby.com and www.cameronsart.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @cameronderby_photo