Last week inspiration was the word of the day! And it’s still certainly important as the August deadline is approaching quickly (a mere 4 months away!) So how were our previous winners inspired?
We interviewed a couple of last years winners, Isaiah Johnson and Cindy Kohnen. This week we catch up with Isaiah. What he’s been up to since the competition, some words of wisdom, and even a superpower or two!
Who are you and what do you do? Or What’s your background with art?
My Name is Isaiah Johnson and I’m a Fashion Blogger, Photographer,Graphic Designer and Poet from Burlington, North Carolina. My fashion blog is called A Collected Gentleman and it focuses on looking and feeling good for cheap. When it comes to my photography I specialize in Fashion, Lifestyle and Portrait
Describe your submitted piece in 10 words or less.
Beautiful. Inspiring. Unique. Different. Love. Enigma
Has your process for creating art changed since your submissions last year? If so, how has it changed?
It changed tremendously, It taught me to really do my research and believe in myself and my work.
What inspired you to create your submission for Park Pictures?
I wanted to create a piece of work that would represent two different universes that visually came together. So I thought of bringing together nature and industrial life.
What research did you do for it?
I walked around different parks and blocks in Raleigh looking for trees and landscapes that fit my vision.
What were you trying to communicate with your piece?
I wanted people see the beauty we created come together as one. It started with one seed and one brick. I feel like people now are not appreciative of the beauty of trees and buildings. So I wanted to communicate the sense of appreciate for what we’ve built and grown.
Describe your experience with Park Pictures in 140 characters or less. (Twitter style!)
My experience with park pictures was amazing. Everyday I worked on the project I learned something new about my abilities and myself. It’s something I would do over if I could.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Never Settle. Always strive to perfect you craft. Learn from trial and error.
Are there any other tips or inspiring words you have for artists submitting their work this year?
Keep going. During your process of completing your work for the competition you’re going to want to give up or feel like it’s now good enough, DON’T. Believe in yourself and basically just have fun and learn from it. I promise you it will pay off in the end.
What have you been working on since?
I’ve been working on my fashion blog and some photography projects. Right now my blog is going strong. I’m just looking for opportunities to take my photography to the next level.
And lastly, what superpower would you have and why?
If I could have any superpower it would be, super human strength and healing. It would be cool to be the strongest man on earth. I could fight crime and help the world whenever disaster strikes. Also I could survive anything with my healing ability. Basically I would love to have Wolverines powers minus the claws lol.
To see Isaiah’s original work an artist statement you can go through our archives or check here. You can continue to follow Isaiah on his blog, A Collected Gentleman. Check back next week for our second interview with Cindy Kohnen!