Photograph what’s around you, what you love. That might be a good recipe for creating art that matters. At least art that matters to YOU. And if it matters to you, it might just resonate with other people.
Xavie Garcia’s work with film photography, definitely resonates with me. I’ve been following his Instagram for quite awhile. And I think his images have a unique quality of intimacy, whether they’re pictures of friends and family, or just architecture that he finds interesting.
I know as photographers, a lot of us tend to get caught up in technique and gear and precision, but I wonder if sometimes we forget to just let go and create. I know I can be guilty of that. So, I asked Xavie if we could get on his turf in Dallas, TX, take some pictures, and talk about letting instinct guide us when using a camera.
Thanks to Cultivar Coffee (Oak Cliff, Dallas)
Dallas Piece (Vertebrae) by Henry Moore
Thanks to Dedra Verosky for capturing all the footage and sound under that hot Texas sun.
A sampling of my images from our walkabout. All shot on Tri-X 400 with my Nikon FE, 50mm.