Composite Photography, Illustration, and Design
Being a creative professional can be challenging. This is especially true for solo-entrepreneurs who lack access to solid advice from experienced peers. It can be hard to know whether one’s choices are the “right” ones, or whether or not they’ve even picked the right industry. This is particularly relevant to me, having pursued several professions within my own creative field.
One of the challenges that comes from moving to a new town, while simultaneously pivoting in my work, is that I don’t have much in terms of a portfolio. This problem is especially prevalent in photography, where the niches I want require planned shoots with paying clients. But out here in the San Gabriel Valley, contacts are few and far between- at least so far.
I’ve been a little all over the place for the past year or so. I let my photo business sort of taper off, got into a brief game-design stunt, then took up t-shirt design. It’s definitely less-than-stable, but all I can say is that I’ve been chasing these things in an attempt to figure our just what it is that I want to do— or rather, what is meant to be my “thing”.
Oxnard’s La Colonia neighborhood has a lot of history. History that I must admit, I’m mostly oblivious to. This fact is made more apparent when gazing upon the massive 70-foot mural at Colonia Park. Titled “Historical Images of La Colonia,” this mural depicts many of the themes and focal points of Oxnard’s Latino history.