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Meet Emmanuel Bonds

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emmanuel Bonds.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a San Diego Native through and through. My parents, my four siblings, nieces and nephews, in-laws, and my 9-year-old son all reside here in San Diego.

I would say that I have always been a creative individual. It all started with music. When I was very young, I was able to step up to a keyboard and play “When the Saints Go Marching In” by ear. From that moment on, I was hooked. This led me to songwriting, performing, and later producing for other performers.

I still dabble in music here and there, but most recently it was through capturing musicians at work from the lens of my camera. I have always liked documenting my experiences through iPhone photography; however, it was on a trip to Yosemite a year and a half ago that I took my obsession with photos to the next level. I started really focusing on the composition of the photos and developing my editing style. Everywhere I went I was looking for things/people to become my subjects. It was through these excursions that I met many fellow photographers, which eventually led to the birth of the San Diego Photo Squad.

I still like to travel to beautiful places like Bryce Canyon, Zion, Sequoia National Park, etc. to capture landscape shots, but I have also since expanded my repertoire. I enjoy shooting anything, including portraits, family gatherings, baptisms, professional seminars, sporting events, the USMC sparring sessions, and more.

Please tell us about your art.
My art is capturing moments through photography. I’ve always thought of myself as a creator, and photography allows me to express and explore that creativity. I enjoy shooting everything from the most remote of places to the architecture of the city, from sunsets to cityscapes. I also enjoy shooting people in any setting.

My inspiration comes mostly from the adventures involved in photography. I not only see amazing things, but I meet a plethora of amazing people, both in front of and behind the camera.

I have learned so much more about myself and my photography since we formed San Diego Photo Squad. This group allows me to expand, learn, and bounce my ideas off fellow photographers. It’s inspirational.

What do I want people to take away from it? I want people to know that if a self-taught photographer can find his space with just his creative passion, support, and desire to achieve, anyone can!!

What do you think about the 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?
I believe the conditions for artists today is positive and productive. I think there are more options than ever for artists to present and express their artistry. There are open mic nights, booths at farmers markets, street fairs, street vendors, etc. It is more of a saturated market, but that should also help to drive and inspire artists to expand and explore their artistic abilities. Artists can find encouragement and thrive by continuing to be a student of their art and by finding others to work collaboratively with.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen on me instagram page.

You can also see some of my featured work on the links below:

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
EmanBonds Photography

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