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Rising Stars: Meet Joshua Spencer

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Spencer.

Hi Joshua, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
It all started with skateboarding. The community, the magazines. Pouring over every new issue trying to figure out how they froze that moment in time. How did they get there? Where were they coming from, where were they going? The magic in those moments still sticks with me today. That led to me picking up a camera and trying to tell those stories myself. Each skater, each trick, has a unique story which has to be captured in its own way. This is the ethos I try and bring to each of my projects. I’m grateful to everyone who trusts me to tell their story by stepping in front of my camera.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been anything but smooth. Life as a creative has its challenges for sure, but I’m thankful that skateboarding taught me to get back up when you fall and try again. Alcoholism and addiction knocked me around pretty good, I’m grateful now to have a daily reprieve from that. If you’re struggling along those lines, don’t give up and don’t loose hope. There are tons of people who have your story, don’t give up before you hear someone else tell yours.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I like the title of Storyteller, specializing in photography.

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I don’t know if I can speak on where my industry is headed, but I’m excited for what’s coming. Everyone has a camera in their pocket now so everyone has the opportunity to tell the stories that matter to them, and I think that’s a beautiful thing. It’s especially great for younger people who are just getting into being a creative. Tools don’t matter anymore, just the passion and drive to do good work. You can find out how to do anything online, so those barriers that I had when I was coming into this career aren’t there anymore, which to me is a good thing. Get out there and make stuff.

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Image Credits
Portrait of Joshua by Dan Monick

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