Today we’d like to introduce you to Saif Rehman.
Saif, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved from the East coast to the South at a young age, more specifically New York to Arkansas. Growing up in Arkansas I felt like an outcast. I felt so disconnected from the culture and everything about the south. Growing up in Arkansas I was very shy, so I got into the art world and started expressing myself through different art mediums. Early on I was experimenting a lot with drawing, sketching, painting, and making music beats. Eventually, fell in love with dance, hip/hop and krump. After about a year, my friends and I wanted to start putting videos out to show our talent so I decided to buy my first camera. At first, I was recording and editing all of our YouTube videos. After a few years of doing that I started becoming interested in photography. In 2013, after a few years of experimenting and practicing, I took a risk and began my freelance journey. Throughout the years I was slowly gravitating towards more graphic design/photoshop type of art. Since 2016 I have focused most of my work towards surreal photography and photo compositing. In 2017 I took the biggest risk of my life, my girlfriend and I packed up our cars and drove across the country to Los Angeles. I had always known there was more out there than what I was doing in Arkansas, working 9-5’s that had no real value or satisfaction for me personally. Since moving to LA, I have worked with many different artists, entrepreneurs, and brands creating unique works of art. Deciding to just get up and move across the country was the riskiest and most rewarding decision I have ever made.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In my opinion, it is never a smooth road going towards anything that you want to go after. Late nights and early mornings every day. Staying up late studying and practicing your craft, telling yourself it will all pay off one day. Constantly being told NO, trying something and failing at it, then trying again. Life itself is full of ups and downs in my opinion, just comes with playing the game. I definitely had to understand quickly that it is much harder going after what you want when moving from a smaller city to big city, but the drive in you is going to determine whether you get there or not. I am still not anywhere near my finish line, but every day I get closer and closer.
Please tell us about your work.
Concept Visuals is visual arts brand dedicated to creating unique and expressive works of art. I create a lot of surreal pieces with my photography, as well as creating pieces through the process of photo compositing. I have always had a strong opinion that you can create whatever you want with your photography. Being able to manipulate photos and creating a visual that gives you, the viewer, an exact representation of the world that is in someone’s head is the most satisfying and what I am most proud of. People’s imaginations are limitless, creating worlds and ideas that reach far beyond our physical world. I take pride in being able to take that idea and transfer it to a physical platform.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Working on getting a workspace together to start building my photo studio, I plan on getting that locked in at some point this year. Overall, the plan is to develop and grow towards being a better artist every day.
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