Today we’d like to introduce you to Kameron Sears.
Kameron, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m not sure I’d consider my story to be super unique. (haha) I’ve always been a visual person in general, but my love and interest in photography started when I downloaded Instagram, after that, I was hooked. I immediately started finding and following people who photographed Chicago and it just opened up a whole new world to me. When I first started out, I strictly used my iPhone to shoot mostly cityscapes and architecture. After about two years of trying to master iPhone photography, I finally felt it was time to make the jump and purchase an actual camera, (Sony A7ii at the time) now the possibilities are endless.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My main focus these days has shifted to street photography. I try to draw inspiration from the greats like Vivian Maier, Saul Leiter, Todd Webb, and a handful of other Instagrammers. There’s something about seeing a moment or scene on the streets and capturing it in the “decisive moment.” It’s also a style that pushes me outside of my comfort zone. When I’m not shooting street, I also enjoy cityscapes, small weddings, and architecture. However, I am always open to shooting something new. That’s how you continue to grow and learn as a photographer, in my opinion.
It’s not always my intention, but my hope is that when people see some of my images they look at things differently for themselves. A basic example would be a big puddle after it rains. Most people just walk around it and don’t even realize that it’s basically acting as a giant mirror reflecting an entire scene. All they have to do is slow down and look at it differently to see what they’ve been missing
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
This is a tricky one. I think a lot of true artists usually have the “forget what everybody thinks” mentality and just create whatever they want regardless of what people think or what’s happening in the world. On the other hand, some artists may use issues or events as inspiration to create art that delivers a powerful message. I do think artists are having more of an impact nowadays, thanks to social media outlets. A person’s work could go viral, be seen by thousands of people, and potentially lead to a ton of other opportunities overnight. In regards to my personal work, events and issues don’t really affect things too much. If a big local event occurs I just try to capture some moments from it. I think the most notable one recently was probably President Trump’s inauguration. A huge rally took place in Daley Plaza. People made their way to Trump tower and then through the streets of River North. I had never been part of an event like that. It was pretty intense, to say the least, but glad I was there to witness and document it.
I’d just like to end with a quote from Peter McKinnon (YouTuber/Photographer) that I always try to keep in the back of my mind. “Stay true to yourself and create the stuff that makes YOU happy. Because ultimately that’s going to yield better content and is gonna keep you happier longer.”
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I share my work most frequently on Instagram, but un-cropped photos and other areas of work such as weddings, sports, architecture, and concerts can be seen on my website.
To support my work, check out my IG and if you like what you see, feel free to give me a follow. Every photo that you see is available for print. If you have any other questions, email or DM me.
- Website: https://www.kameronsears.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ksears_/
Kameron Sears © 2018