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Meet Santa Monica Photographer: John Parvin McBride

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Parvin McBride.

John Parvin, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and I was always interested in the arts. I eventually taught myself all I could about photography and carried on my interest in high school, where I was able to take a couple courses. After high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to move to Los Angeles and take courses at Otis College of Art and Design. I love it that Los Angeles was so involved in the art world and everyone seems creative and inspired. I am now attending courses at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and travel back and forth between Los Angeles and New York throughout the year. I love to create intimate and casual portraits. I like to make a relationship between the viewer and the subject as if the viewer knows the subject. There’s something special about making a personal connection with an image and that’s what I hope an individual will feel when looking at my work.

Has it been a smooth road?
Huntsville is known for its space program. Growing up in a city full of engineers it was hard to find other like-minded people. My city had it’s little pockets of artists but it felt pretty limited. As soon as I moved out of the south and I was surrounded by other creative people, I knew I was doing the right thing. It was so fun to meet people who were not only excited about the things they were creating but also excited about what I was creating. Being able to collaborate and get inspired by others made the bumps in the road feel so small. I’m so grateful for everyone I have met along the way.

When you look back, can you point to a period when you wanted to quit or a period that was really frustrating?
There have definitely been some moments where I felt like giving up on my artwork. If you are an artist you’re always going to hear people ask you what you’re going to do later in life and how you’re going to support yourself. There’s a quote by Lana Del Rey that says “If you are born an artist, you have no choice but to fight to stay an artist.” and I have definitely had to stay true to this. People can so easily put doubts in your mind, but I’ve been able to start to appreciate my own work and be proud of what I’m doing.

What advice do you wish to give to those thinking about pursuing a path similar to yours?
My advice to anyone working towards becoming a photographer, or artist in general, is to make things as much as possible. I would say that experimenting with your work will you teach you so much about yourself and will help you find your voice and style. I can always see a difference in my work after I’ve been shooting consistently for long periods of time.

What are you most excited about these days?
I’m really excited about the people I’m going to meet through my artwork. Already I’ve met some amazing people through social media and through other artists, and I think that’s my favorite part of it all. As cliché as it may sound, I love how art really can bring people together.

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  • Instagram: @johnxparvin



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1 Comment

  1. jeanne Shrader

    September 13, 2016 at 04:27

    John, I remember you as a little boy,in fact I grew up in the same neighborhood with your Daddy and love your Mom! It doesn’t surprise me that you would be a success, knowing your parents. I would like to say that you are super-gifted in your work! Glad your doing what you like to do, keep doing what you love and you will become successful and grow into more
    beautiful work!
    Jeanne Shrader

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