Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Durbin.
Christopher, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started college as a Psychology major with a minor in Drawing and Painting. I got a job at a local children’s portrait studio in the mall right after my 18th birthday. Since I was already involved and interested in fine art, photography didn’t seem like much of a stretch. At the studio, we shot medium format film and developed and made prints on site. I was instantly drawn to the process and new medium. I spent many late nights in the studio photographing and developing what seemed like endless rolls of film. It was creativity in its purest form; I knew little to nothing and was therefore constrained by nothing. Eventually, I changed my major to Fine Art with a concentration in photography; I’ve been working in photography studios ever since. I spent most of my college career focused on more conceptual photography projects, often blending graphic and sculptural elements with the photographic process. Following graduation, I took a job at a studio in Arlington where I’ve been a full-time portrait photographer for more than a decade.
Most recently, I’ve found myself working a lot with musicians in the DFW area. I’m lucky to live so close to a flourishing local music scene in Dallas and you won’t find me at a concert without some kind of camera. As an ex-aspiring musician and artist, I’ve always been drawn (pardon the pun) to those that create. I love photographing artists. I kind of feed off of their creative energy and I enjoy being able to capture that. Even more, I love being able to collaborate and put something new into the ether.
As a lover of film, I’ve always had a romance with the moving picture and as technology has advanced, I’ve found it easier to work in the video realm. I’ve filmed a few music videos and am currently directing my second music video with Ft. Worth’s “Better Now”. I’m also working on an awesome new live performance series with Axiom Music and Kirk Thurmond in Dallas and will be the Director of Photography on a couple of short films set to begin filming in the fall.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’ve been lucky. I can’t say that I’ve had to fight much other than myself. The photography landscape has changed a lot since I first picked up a camera, but I feel like the art of portraiture isn’t something that can be diluted or made simpler with technology. If I’m honest with my intent to capture whoever’s set in front of me, then the translation will always come out true. I guess the greatest struggle is trying to keep that mindset and not getting derailed or preoccupied with competition or financial gain.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with ImageANONYM – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
By day, I’m a portrait photographer. More specifically, I photograph high school seniors. Not to romanticize too much, but I get to photograph the next generation. It’s kind of exciting to capture youth at its most pivotal moment, right before they’ve been set loose, and the prospect of them being a person that might change the world is pretty incredible.
When I’m not at work, I’m hitting up every concert I can with camera in hand. I love music and I love working with musicians. Photographing concerts is just an easy way to combine two things I love most. Shooting and directing music videos is a natural progression and a bridge joining my passion for music and film.
If I’m proud, it’s of the fact that I never look at a new project as a job – it’s a collaboration. I’m working with someone to create something new and something honest.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I’d love to expand my reach with local artists and musicians. I’d love to shoot more music videos. I’m dying to make a feature-length film. Honestly, I just want to work with cool people and make cool things.
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All images by Christopher Durbin