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Meet West Hollywood Photographer: Fred Mitchell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fred Mitchell.

Fred, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have been working as a photographer for the past ten years. I received my BFA with a concentration in Photography and performance art from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Then I went on to receive my MFA concentrating in photography and sculpture from University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While working as an adjunct professor I was given the opportunity to work for Billy Reid where I was able to work full time as a photographer and art director. Eventually, I moved to California to work for Milk Studios and in my spare time, I continue to create new images.

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course, there have been many struggles. Shortly after I moved to California my father passed away and a few months later my mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Being so far away from my family during such difficult times was tough and made it difficult for me to make new work until recently.

What were you like growing up?
As a kid, I spent a lot of time skating with friends. This opened me up to new music and to a culture that I identified with more closely. I was able to express myself creatively and artistically. I began splitting my time between working on art and skating, and as time went on I saw potential in a future working as an artist. First, I was interested in painting and drawing, but once I was introduced to conceptual art, I began expanding mediums and exploring the possibilities through a multidisciplinary art practice.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
It’s tough to pinpoint a single favorite memory for me, but if I had to say just one… I recall my father and I hiking in upstate New York when I was around 4 years old. I recall us going over a large hill and when we made it to the top the ground was littered with deer antlers. It seemed like you could not even see the ground underneath all of the antlers. It was a very surreal and beautiful moment.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
So far my plans consist of just continuing to keep working and living in LA. I have been making a concerted effort to not take for granted the city that I live in. There is so much here to explore and I want to experience as much of it as possible.

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  • Instagram: Yayfredmitchell
  • Other: Snapchat yayfredmitchell


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