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Meet Silverlake Photographer: Eric Charles

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Charles.

Eric, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
In 2005, my then-girlfriend came out of her yoga class and handed me a brochure for a local photography class. “You should be a photographer” she said. “I bet you’d like it.”

She was right.

Has it been a smooth road?

My first job was shooting in an underground nightclub. I made images of some very interesting people doing very interesting things, which led to opportunities in other alternative and underground clubs. Very often I was the only photographer and almost always the only one with a ‘real’ camera and lights.

Then came the iPhone and taking pictures in a club became everyone’s favorite hobby. Having that access became less special. And promoters, almost overnight, no longer needed to pay photographers to help promote their club; everyone was doing it for free.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
Definitely logistics.

Arnold Newman said, “Photography is 1% percent inspiration and 99% moving furniture.” It’s hilariously true. That’s why if I’m shooting on location I’ll do whatever I can, even if it’s on my own dime, to scout ahead of time and see what I’ll be dealing with. I’ve arrived to shoot in situations wildly different from what I’d planned on, but that’s also part of the fun.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I always ask myself: Am I making good work? Work I’m proud of? Are my clients proud of the work I’m giving them? Am I happy to be doing this job for this client? If the answers to these are ‘yes,’ I’m successful.

What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to move northward!

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