Today we’d like to introduce you to Weston Fuller.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always had a desire to create and found the use of photography to capture reality and the use of Photoshop to alter reality the perfect tools for illustrating personal ideas and client concepts. I consider myself a visual storyteller who not only entertains through the images I make but to use the images as a form of education to help inform through visual narratives.
I grew up in the mountains of Utah and first started taking pictures of my friends skiing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. I always considered myself a little different, because I was the one in the group who always packed my camera around. After high school I pursued a degree in business and spent a good portion of my 20’s and 30’s in a carrier that was anything but creative. I worked in real estate and hotel marketing but always found I was not able to satisfy the creative part of who I am until I went back to school with the encouragement of my wife to earn an MFA in Photography.
In 2016 I moved to the San Diego area with my wife; who is from San Diego, along with our three kids and have been trying to pursue my dream of photography full time.
Please tell us about your art.
I’m a commercial photographer who creates photo illustrations for advertising agencies, editorial publications and clients willing to hire me to help tell their story. Although I’ve worked in multiple genres of photography; such as, still life, product, architectural and portrait work. But it’s my conceptual narratives, which have brought me most of my recognition as an artist, as a photographer who creates images instead of just taking them. I love this type of photography because it allows me to use my skills of working in all the other genres to complete a composite and needing to shoot in different locations, work with people and photography objects.
Recently I’ve been creating different series of photographs that deal with the amount of plastic pollution that is left on the beaches and finding its way into our oceans. In 2017 I created a 7-image series title PLASTIC SURF, which portrayed plastic trash I collected from beaches in San Diego County and then added to surfing images I took to illustrate the growing amount of trash being left behind by individuals when going to the beach and the influence it has on the environment. This series of images went viral on social media and opened up opportunities for me to work with other individuals and organizations around the world that are trying to make a difference and to bring awareness to the issue.
This year I’ve been collaborating with an artist in Portugal who also collects beach trash and makes beautiful marine sculptures/creations from the trash he finds. I’ve been taking the images of his creations and bringing them to life by adding them to different stories I’ve created to inform others of the animals we are endangering and the pollutants we as individuals are consuming because of the traces of plastics being found in the foods we consume. The new series is titled, Catch & Recycle.
With any of my images I want them to make an impact on whoever sees them. From a technical aspect of how they are created, to an emotional level that creates a reaction.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I’ve found that most artists I’ve worked with or met are always eager to talk about their work and share stories, so just reach out with an e-mail or by sending a message through social media and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to connect with an artist, but if you don’t hear back from them immediately, don’t be offended. When I’m working on a project or in the middle of producing one, I give my attention to the work and then try to get caught up and connect with those who have contacted when I can give the appropriate time of connecting and responding. But the conversation needs to start somewhere, so start one.
Advice I would give to others is:
- Understand why you take the pictures you take and how those images define who you are as a person.
• Don’t be someone who just takes a picture, be someone who creates something extraordinary.
• Don’t be too proud to not listen to the advice of others but be confident enough to believe in yourself.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The best place to see the largest collection of my work is directly through my website at, www.westonfuller.com. My fine art prints are available for purchase through my website or in the last couple of years by DM (direct message) via social media sites. Most of the prints I provide are all custom orders so I always encourage a client to contact me directly so I can provide exactly what they are looking for.
Most of my work is created to support the needs of my clients, so I’m always looking for new clients to help support the next big or exciting project they are working on, so if there are any companies that need a freelance photographer as an extension of their team. I’m always interested in meeting and seeing what we can create together.
Over the years I’ve won awards from the International Color Awards, PDN (Photographic District News), One Eyeland, and APA (American Photographic Artists).
I recently was a speaking artist at MOPA here in San Diego for the OPEN SHOW artist talk series and was a guest on The Last Picture podcast, which is available on iTunes, talking more about my work and style of photography.
- Website: westonfuller.com
- Phone: 8582646630
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://instagram.com/westonfuller
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WestonFullerPhotography
- Other: http://behance.net/WestonFuller
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