The first time I met Joshua we shared organic Mexican food, swapped stories of getting busted while in abandoned places, and went to a closed down factory to make photographs. I remember being so impressed that he had such a clear idea of who he was as an artist and he hadn’t even started college yet. Joshua does amazingly creative conceptual photography and is constantly outdoing himself. Something else that really stood out to me was the fact that he was able to create a great network for himself through Flickr when a lot of photographers had ventured away from using Flickr (it seems a whole lot of those photographers have migrated back now too) Joshua’s work has been featured in many galleries and publications and he has a bright future ahead of him. I can’t wait to see what he does next! Make sure and check out Joshua’s website, Flickr, and Facebook page.
1. How did you get started in photography?
I was introduced when I was 16. My uncle owned a Nikon D50 and I loved the nature shots he was able to shoot in his backyard. It wasn’t until 17 that I actually started doing conceptual work and that was due to the fact my friend invited me to meet up with a couple of fine art photographers in Chicago.
2. You do amazing conceptual work, where do you find your inspiration?
I find inspiration from all around me. People I have met, stories I have heard, or dreams I have dreamt. Sometimes I love to watch a horror film before bed, one that leaves me cringing. Those are some of my favorite catalysts in creating.
3. What have been some highlights of your career so far?
Traveling and teaching. Two things in which I told myself last year that I would want to do. My teachers thought I was nuts because there was no way an eighteen year old would be able to do it and still be financially steady. “I’ll show them.” I would consistently think. I love seeing all the locations that the world has to offer and by being able to photograph concepts, I will always be able to remember it.
4. If you could do a photo shoot anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Probably somewhere over in Europe or France. The culture and history there is so apparent and it almost feels as though it is wavering in the air, waiting to be captured. I would love to explore some abandonment over in those countries, but that is a plan for a later date.
5. What advice would you give to photographers just getting started?
Try anything and everything that is seen, some things wills stick, while others will not. It’s a way of weeding out the vast styles of photography and finding one that fits. It doesn’t matter what kind that is pursued, so long as it is meaningful to the person who is doing it.