Photographer Spotlight Monday: Joseph Lopez
Where are you from: Bay Area
Current Area of Residence: Oakland, Ca.
TOAN: Do you have a focus on one specific area of photography, i.e.: fashion, landscape, portraiture, events, etc? If so, which?
Joseph Lopez: I don’t like to limit myself when it comes to photography. I try to experiment with as many different styles as I can. Lately, I have been putting more focus into concert photography. I have shot for several different artists, such as, the HBK Gang, G- Eazy, DMX, Rev Run, Pharrell and many more, whether it be for work or just for fun. Growing up, I listened to mostly rap/ hip- hop music and the atmosphere at all the shows is amazing and getting the chance to shoot for artists I grew up and enjoy listening to is a bonus.
TOAN: What are your thoughts on saturation in the photography industry due to social media?
J P: I feel that social media has definitely been a great platform for artists such as myself to showcase their work and connect with others. I have met a lot of great, inspiring people through social media, and have been offered many opportunities from people or companies that are interested in my work. It also has its flaws. Some people can get so caught up in trying to get “likes” that they lose their originality and start shooting for others, not for themselves.
TOAN: Because of its origin and some specific knowledge of settings, numbers and so forth, do you consider photography an art, science, or skill/talent?
J P: I would definitely consider photography an art, science and skill/talent. Developing your own unique style is very important to becoming a great photographer and it separates yourself from others. Every photographer has their own vision, their own way of seeing a shot. Changing camera settings, finding different angles, editing a photo etc. plays a huge roll in making what you see in your mind come to life for others to see.
TOAN: How did you decide on photography as something to commit your time to?
J P: I was raised into the graffiti culture and have been doing graffiti for years. In a way, graffiti and photography are very similar to me. Especially street photography, which I started out doing. The adrenalin rush, always looking for different places to leave your mark, developing your own style and getting better every time you do it. Except photographs wont get buffed (erased). It will be their forever, a still memory.
TOAN: What do you imagine to be doing with photography in 6 months? 5 years?
J P: In the near future I would like to continue doing concert photography, as well as videography. Connecting with more artists and companies like Vice, and Noisey. 5 years from now I would like to make a career doing what I love. Touring, traveling the world as a photojournalist documenting my travels and making films.