Interview: Photographer Vince Patrick
A long time amazing supporter and now a collaborator of our’s, Vince Patrick, carved out some time for us and allowed us to get to know him better and what he’s like behind the camera! We can’t ever begin to thank Vince enough for always being so happy and getting us excited about what we do and showing his steadfast encouragement to the Histos Team. It means a lot to us!
What’s the story of how you got into photography?
I got into photography last year while I was living on the east coast. At that time, I graduated from college and decided to move out of my parent’s house and land a job in New York City. 50,000 miles away from your home, and away from your friends and family and out on your own is terrifying that I needed something to do to occupy myself with. I picked up a camera from my aunt, and I would walk in the streets of New York taking pictures of everything I see, and it was at that moment that I fell in love with photography. I haven’t stopped taking photos ever since that day.
How would you describe your vision/style?
I would say that my style leans more on candid and lifestyle shots. I like capturing photos that are simple and natural, nothing too crazy, I just want the person I’m shooting with to have fun and be themselves.
What is your gear setup like?
For me, I don’t really worry about what gear I’m using, but I normally shoot with my Canon Rebel T6s 35mm, 50mm, and 28–135mm, and sometimes I shoot with my iPhone 5s.
How has being a photographer altered the way you go about life?
Being a photographer made me feel like I have a purpose in my life. I see every day as an opportunity to pick up a camera and go outside and shoot. It also made my life so much more fun as I’m meeting and collaborating with other photographers and models who shares the same love as I do with photography.
What do you focus on the most when shooting?
I focus on creating a story or a mood in most of my photos. Whenever I’m behind the camera, I always want to evoke some type of emotion or story in my photos.
How do you come up with angles, places, or ways to shoot that create such amazing shots?
I don’t really worry about the location of where I shoot, I’m comfortable shooting anywhere. I mostly focus on the foreground and background of the photo, I’d like to create a depth in my photos so it feels like you’re in the picture. Other than that, I’m always willing to try new things with photography. I feel that as an artist you have to be willing to learn and try new things to build your craft.
What is your all time favourite quote?
My all time favorite quote is from the song “Awake My Soul” by Mumford & Sons. There’s a line in the song and it goes “Where you invest your love, you invest your life”, when I heard that line, I knew that this is my favorite quote (that quote is actually my Instagram bio and my future tattoo). That quote resonated with me because, for me, passion is an indication of your purpose in life. And I’m so passionate about photography that this is something I want to do for the rest of my life.
The captions on your Instagram, where do those come from?
All my captions come from songs, movies, quotes from books I’ve read from books I’ve read, old journals I used to have. I usually keep a notebook of all the quotes I collected and used those as my captions. Most of my captions always relate to the photos I post, and it’s usually about life, love, friendships.
What has been your favourite place to shoot?
Hands down, my favorite place to shoot will always be by the beach. I don’t have a specific location of my favorite spots, but I love going to Malibu, Laguna beach, San Diego, and Santa Barbara for shoots. There’re so many things to do when you’re by the beach, and it always forces you to be more creative with your shots. Plus, I love going to the beach.
How do you overcome adversity?
That’s a tough question to answer. I go through creative rut from time to time, and there are moments where I feel like I’m not good enough, or that my work isn’t good enough. I think the way I handle any obstacles is that I take a day off from everyone and everything. I used that time to recharge and do things that make me happy, and then when I’m feeling a lot better, I figure out a way to overcome those barriers. And I always remind myself to keep moving forward, because better things are coming.
What’s next for you?
In the future, I hope I land a job as a full-time photographer or that I get to work closely with brands that I love. In the meantime, I just want more people see my work and that they enjoy my work.