blair brown INTERVIEW by T’keya Marquez PhotographY by NAOHMI MONROE
For those just discovering your work, can you tell me a bit about your yourself? BB: My name is Blair, I’m from Oakland, California but I moved down here to LA in August to start school at Cal State Long Beach. I was a full-time athlete from an entirely sports oriented family before I dropped it all and decided to pursue a more artistic life. This all happened after my junior year in high school, my basketball team had just won state, and I was realizing I didn’t love it anymore and I’m not someone who can fully commit myself to be my best in something if I don’t really love it. So I put it behind me and began focusing on taking photos with a ‘Hey I think I really enjoy this stuff, let’s see where this takes me’ kind of attitude and as I got better, this passion only continued to grow. I started going to the local art shows with DJs and supporting everyone around me. This grew into meeting artists, asking to go to their shows, and eventually this turning into manager’s/artists asking me to come kick it in the studio and come out to their shows. I currently work for Private Club Records, doing photo/video and overall visual direction. Private Club Records is made up of MadeinTyo, 24hrs, Salma Slims and Noah Wood$ and MyNamePhin. Along with being a photographer, you’re also a student. What are you studying? BB: Yes, I’m a currently a Pre-film student— minoring in business and since I’m just starting I take a lot of general education classes too. I’m taking classes on fashion, communication, history, and hopefully I can study more about graphic design and marketing! Hopefully I can graduate in a timely matter with the potential tour talk that’s beginning to pop up.
Do you have a preferred career path in mind And do you see yourself furthering photography? BB: I found myself working with a lot of musicians, artists, and DJs, and I think most of what I do will revolve around music and helping others. A really big part of photography for me is giving people photos, I like people to have my work, and I hope it helps them out in some way too whether it’s just a photo from yesterday’s brunch or they were performing their hit song in front of their biggest crowd yet. It’s my way of allowing others to share their stories I don’t see myself ever putting down my camera it’s part of me at this point I wouldn’t live if I wasn’t capturing time and expressing myself. How would you describe your photography style? BB: Based on how I’m feeling— I think I take photos slightly different every day and when it comes to editing, my edits vary with my mood and being in the right mindset is crucial to getting photos to look how I want them to. I hear a lot that when people see a photo I’ve done they can tell it’s a photo of mine but I feel like I always am editing kinda differently so I don’t know. Exactly what is it that you want to say with your photographs? BB: A photo is a frame in time from my point of view about that specific moment so making it my own and hoping maybe other people will enjoy it, inspire them, or I’ll evoke some sort of emotion for them... even if it’s just ‘Hey, this is cool!’.
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