Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Pedro.
Aaron, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My journey in photography started somewhat in reverse. Most photographers discover Photoshop only after they’ve mastered their cameras. I, on the other hand, discovered Photoshop before I ever touched a camera. Back then, I would search the web for images of skies, empty fields or industrial alleyways and I would composite them into one cohesive image. I would design and composite mock album covers, book covers and magazine covers of my favorite musicians and celebrities. I quickly noticed that when I would print my designs some of them were pixelized due to the low-resolution images that I found online. I decided to purchase my first digital camera and I started taking my own high-resolution stock photos for my composites. With the birth of social media, my friends saw my digital art and photography, and it was then that I started getting hired for paid photo shoots and commissioned design work. When I moved to San Diego County, I changed my college major to photography. I learned as many techniques as I could and I took all the things I learned, such as long exposure photography, studio lighting and portraiture, and integrated them with my passion for composite photography.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Much of my work now is considered conceptual fine art photography. Living in San Diego, I have great respect for the ocean and I take inspiration from our surroundings. San Diego is the perfect backdrop for photography because of its versatility and I am inspired by every corner of San Diego. I love creating conceptual photography using long exposure images of the ocean, our Mission churches, heritage parks and our surrounding terrain. The messages in my artwork vary from mindfulness, metamorphosis and grief. My intention with every image I create is to evoke a sense of emotion from the viewer. I believe that so many of us have gone through difficult challenges in life, being able to translate those experiences into an image is my ultimate goal.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
I’m a firm believer that artists provide a significant contribution to culture. Artists have the gift to create beauty out of the darkness and it is important, now more than ever, to artistically express our worries, discontent, anger and strength. Because of recent events, I try to be conscious of the energy I put out into the world. That includes the type of imagery that I choose to create. Lately, I’ve explored the concept of solitude, away from the chaos and dangers of our current reality. Many of my recent images are of a single human subject, in the middle of a tranquil scene.
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?
You can find my work through my website. You can also find me on Instagram. My photography has also been a part of a few local exhibits in San Diego such as The Kruglak Gallery, The Osider Magazine/Hill Street Country Club Photography Exhibit, The San Diego Contemporary Art Museum and The San Diego County Fair. I enjoy interacting with fellow artists and art lovers, so find and me on Instagram for updates and future exhibits.
- Website: boogiephotos.com
- Phone: 7605834053
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: boogie_photography