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Conversations with James Morales

Today we’d like to introduce you to James Morales.  

Hi James, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
Art and music have always been a huge part of my life, one of my easiest ways to tap into a different world. I started to do photography when I was in high school and have always picked up the camera and different times of my life Its medium can be used to document life or compose something that creates a statement or emotion. Combining both the world around me and people together has always been a drive of mine to create. 

In my 20’s I was blessed with the opportunity to work and live in Yosemite Nat’l park for many years. During that time, I took photos of many amazing people, many of whom I still know today. I began to develop a style of taking portraits based on people’s personalities and learned that everyone has a particular angle that captures their energy. 

Today I am beginning to start doing video as well as photography. Currently, I am shooting creative portraits, fine art, food, product, and short videos! Right now, I’m way in polaroid / instant photography! The dreaminess and lucid energy in the photos is a type of energy I have been looking for in a shot Photography to me is creating a story or composing one in front of you to describe without words what you are seeing and feeling. I’ve recently moved back down to Southern California and can’t wait to create content with amazing people that resonates a message with everyone in all the work I create. Thank you for the interview! 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road is more like a wave I feel. There is always struggles along the way and when I go through them it makes me appreciate all the good times I’ve had that much more. As artists, I feel we are our own worst critics and don’t see our potential even when people we care about are saying it at times and I’ve had times like that for sure. The urgent need to create content that is eye-catching has been a little challenge in spurts but now I feel it’s more a reminder to keep creating than to keep posting for likes. Honestly, the main thing I feel challenging right now is sticking to a couple genres or projects for a while, cause I always tend to start too many! 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Currently, I am shooting digital, instant, and 35mm films. I am also learning to do videos to create short films and music videos. I usually create work that gives off a certain emotion or vibe. Friends of mine have said that my work has a dark beauty energy towards it, and I definitely would like to keep creating work that gives off all types of moods. Shooting polaroid is something I really like doing to document moments and people, instant photography gives off a vibe that I’m always looking for in my photo art. For the last year, I’ve been creating shirts and dog sweaters using a version of tie-dying called ice dye, and that has been a new passion of mine. I’m happy that photography and all different mediums of art have always been here for me when I once again find out how beautiful the world can be. 

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
Just yesterday I was watching a video of how A. I will be creating images by what you type in! That to me is where the future of photography will go for a lot of product and ad work. People will even be able to use it to edit our own photos, never ever having to drag a cursor left or right again. I think when that happens taking photos of people and human-to-human interaction will be appreciated that much more. Humans are incredibly talented people. Although technology is amazing, I would rather see what a human creates that a computer. I am curious to see what happens to n.f.t’s for artists and photographers. I hope there will always be platforms for artists to make money to support themselves and their families. 

Contact Info:

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  • Instagram: mystic_media_arts
  • Twitter: mystic_media_
  • Yelp: jd productions

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