First, tell me as much as you can about yourself in a haiku.
I am an Artist
I am a Missionary
I am a Mormon
How did you get your start with what you do?
James- I started out taking photos at age 15. I began to experiment with photography by taking photos of practically everything. I then took two photography classes at a college in my town. I learned a lot, but where I believe my talent really comes from is learning from my own mistakes and always wanting to become better.
How have you seen yourself grow as an artist?
James- There are a few ways that I have seen myself grow as an artist. I begin to become bored with my photography and I see that I need to do something new. Also, when I look back at my work and I suddenly realize how much I have changed.
What's one art-related memory that sticks out in your mind?
James- I guess the only thing that I can think of is the moment when I realized that artistically; dodging and burning (lighten/darken) a photograph can make an image so much more.
What have you currently been up to?
James- Lately I have been experimenting with what I can do, how far I can push myself, and how I can become better. I have lately been looking at others work which is far from mine in experience and try to see if I can do it. Which then gives me inspiration for my own unique work.
What fuels your artistic soul?
James- Cookies. Just kidding, but sometimes it feels that way. Honestly it’s an outlet for my passion and something I can do to become better at and challenge myself. That is why I do what I do.
Who are three artists you're either inspired by or look up to?
What would a 'perfect' day for you be like?
James- Going to a beautiful location with a few friends and a model (which would pretty much be a friend too) and waking up early to explore the location, it should be overcast and then after the exploring and shoot we will watch a corny movie at home and have pizza and play games.
Is there anything else that you'd like to add?
James- As of now I am headed off on a Church Mission for two years to Uruguay. I will not be doing my usual Conceptual photography work but I will still be taking photos of the people and the landscape.