Vic Brown shares his insights on “artistic identity” and the universal appeal of photography
I’ve noticed some things about the biographies of most of the photographers I follow:
- They tend to be very specific in regards to photography techniques, skill set, and style
- They’re filled with all sorts of great accomplishments, going backwards in time from the time the biography was written, which leads me to believe that “biography” is not finite
- They’re usually written in third-person, which I assume means they asked a critic or writer to create something for them, or just copied and pasted a snippet from a review, or wrote their own bio in the third-person
So how do I fit myself into this standard bio format? I simply can’t. At least not now (remember, since a bio is not finite, I might be able to make it work tomorrow). But here’s what I can tell you about myself:
I am first a computer geek, then a photographer. I used to think my passion for photography was DNA-based because my abuelo and dad share this love… but it didn’t take me long to realize that everyone shares this love. The idea of capturing moments from life and making them timeless – this has universal appeal. The only difference is that some of us choose to feed, develop, exercise, and then flex this love with a purpose.
I enjoy working with people (a rarity in computer guys) and have seen the look of satisfaction they wear when I turn them into something timeless. I also enjoy the tranquility of natural landscapes, as well as the hostility behind the cityscapes.
Just for laughs, here is the third-person version:
Vic is a Panama-based computer geek with a passion for photography, which should one day lead you to know him as “professional photographer.” Having grown up as a “bush boy” in Panama with respect for nature, beauty, and the natural flow of things, later living as a “3 train rider” in Brooklyn with a need to survive by making you see things the way he thinks they should be seen, Vic’s style reflects the juxtaposition of the environments he has lived in.
View the slideshow to enjoy Vic Brown’s bold vision of Panama.
All images © Vic Brown 2012.
To learn more about Vic Brown and his photography, visit his website at http://www.vabrown.net.