I was asked - What do I want my photos to say to my public? What is my inspiration?
I take lots of things into consideration. My subject is my priority and how far they want to go in revealing who they are. The space has to work it is a creative process, with this my creativity flows and I always think about what I can do to make this shoot and the photographs different. The images must portray the creativity and freedom.
The first time I placed a camera in my hands I could remember it as if it was yesterday.
There was a new teacher from Canada, who came to teach at our school in The Bahamas with lots of cameras. He allowed us to play around with those cameras. Later that year I talked my mother into buying me a camera. I was thirteen. She bought me an Olympic Trip 35 and an enlarger.
I was so excited to have this camera and I began taking photos of my sisters. They became my first models.
My two older sister were very much into fashion, and that gave me the edge and inspiration to appreciate fashion. They were very creative, talented and made their own clothing so I had the opportunity to photograph them in their fashionable outfits. They inspired me so much! Being in the darkroom was fascinating and seeing what you could do in the darkroom was so amazing, it got me hooked even more.
Learning about other photographers and their work, who and what they shot, made me want to hone the craft and learn as much as possible about the process and in time create some of those amazing images.
I feel blessed and privileged to have traveled to places, I could only dream about doing what I love best and am passionate about – Photography. I’ve met and worked with many people, in addition to learning quite a bit.
Abe Seltzer from Seltzer Studio was a big part of my learning experience. He taught me about team work, bringing out the best in the person standing in front of my camera, as well as teaching me how to see and capture lighting better. My grandmother, Mae Thomas, who always told me the truth and allowed me to partake in all the foolishness that came to mind, and there was a lot. Thank You.
CONTINUE TO EVOLVE
With every project I’ve worked on, every road I’ve traveled, I continue to grow and evolve as an artist, a photographer and person. I’m thankful for the opportunity to continue use my talent and this special gift to capture beautiful people and scenes from all walks of life, all over the world and tell stories through my lens.
THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO PHOTOGRAPHING YOU. LET DO IT AGAIN SOON. DONN THOMPSON / DRACINC
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