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Meet Derrick Harville

Today we’d like to introduce you to Derrick Harville.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am in in the military, Naval Special Warfare to be exact. I wanted a new hobby outside of the military life and I got my first camera, a Canon T5i package bundle as a Christmas present from my wife in 2015. I had been talking about learning to take photos and I ended up with this camera as a present. I loved it when I got it and used it a lot for the first few months on automatic setting but I wanted more. I tried learning manual mode since all the cool shots people were taking on the internet and magazines used that but I was having a lot of trouble (as most do). I put the camera down for a while feeling frustrated and it was not until 4-5 months later that I picked it back up and started studying and just taking photos every day.

I read an article from which at this time I cannot remember but the advice was to keep with it and bring your camera everywhere. I did exactly what the article said and I brought the camera with me everywhere I went, actually everywhere I went. At the beginning most shots were not as planned but I was learning how to adapt to the manual settings and eventually it all came together. After months and months of learning manual mode, I finally seemed to get it and I upgraded my camera to a Canon 5D MK3 which was amazing.

Now that I had upgraded to my new camera, my wife wanted to join and started using the original camera that she had given me. We began a tag team photography escape, taking landscape photos on the weekends and random portraits for co-workers and friends of friends. My photography keeps growing and I cannot wait to see what comes in the future. I plan on pursuing a photography career when I retire from the military very soon.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a photography and I love to take landscape and portrait photography. I think that a photo can speak so many words, as cliché as that sounds. I can take a landscape shot and show it to 10 different people and 10 people have a different outlook on what the photo symbolizes or what they see in the shot. I take photos as a hobby, and love every minute of it. I would love to make a career of photography when I retire from the military very soon. Photography is a very fun and entertaining hobby and more people should get into it. Taking photos even from an iPhone to a high-end camera, there is so much creativity that can be had on all fronts.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
This is a very good question. I would say the conditions have got better but it is BOTH easier and harder for artists now a days. People have access to a 20megapixel camera in their pocket on their phone now which is a fantastic thing but now lots of people think they are photographers now and so many people have the opportunity or chances to take photos now. The manipulation of photos is very intense these days due to photoshop and the power of post processing as well so many shots have been manipulated a lot. I was given the opportunity to be a part of RAW artists in San Diego which shows off artists from all types of art for free which was a huge opportunity and very fun. I think that things like these give up and coming artists so much help.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen on my FB page and Instagram page @tacticalexposure I have a website but it is being redone at the moment.

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