This next guest is genuinely a great guy. He was one of the first ones to reach out and support OBF. This dewd right here has always been down to help out OBF and ask if I needed anything. I present to you Liam Higgins ladies and gentlemen. Honestly I am glad to know he has my back. Below you will find a little back and forth we did.
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Q. Tell us a little bit about yourself?
A. I’m Liam Alexander Higgins, I’m a 21 year old photographer and cinematographer born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada and am currently based in the Greater Toronto Area and Detroit, as well.
Q. Why do you do what you do?
A. As intricate as most people might make things out to be, I’ve always just loved shooting photos and making videos. It started out years ago when I broke my leg skateboarding. In order to stay involved while not being able to avidly participate, I thought ‘why not just pick up the camera’ and emulate some of the guys on YouTube that are making cool videos of their friends on boards? At the time, I was using a Canon ZR700, (I think?) and I’d make all these petty little montages on YouTube that I would share with all my friends. While, this only really lasted a year, I gave it up for a few more years until I started back up again once entering College.
Q. How long have you been a photographer for?
A. I started getting heavily into photography about 3 years ago, and I’ve been constantly at it ever since!
Q. How would you describe your style?
A. It’s really hard to say at this point in time, because I think I’m in a really developmental stage. I’m really into taking a more cinematic approach to my work, photos included, and would like to say that I try incorporate a lot of extremely important areas of my life into my photography. My interest in fashion and the colour aesthetic really comes through in a lot of my photos, but at the same time, I try not to over compensate with editing, but rather build a nostalgic feeling in my photos.
Q. What is your most embarrassing moment?
A. Although it’s kind of a funny, but cliché thing to say, those who’re around me long enough know that I just kind of embrace whatever is happening in a moment and look at it as positive as possible. Even if it can seemingly be a little embarrassing, I just purposely make the situation a funny one for everyone instead of feeling that anxiety of embarrassment. So with regard to that, I honestly can’t even think of anything. Formatting a card on accident was probably the worse moment of my life though.
Q. What is your favourite thing about your photography?
A. Not so much about my photography, as much as my progression as an artist in general, is that I’m infatuated with the fact that I’m constantly growing or evolving. The really great thing with art is that within respectful grounds, you can do whatever you want, and you can really use your imagination to describe the world and people as you see them. I love colour so much, I think it’s one of the boldest elements of photography. How your colour looks evidentally portrays everything. While composition is heavily important, I pay huge attention to colour.
Q. Who inspired you to pick up a camera?
A. Derek Cianfrance, no doubt. Upon seeing movies like Blue Valentine and Place Beyond The Pines, the way he directed those movies gave me such a passion for the design of story. While I originally was supposed to attend university for creative writing, telling a story has always been close to me, and I think Cianfrance really opened my eyes about how not just the story is important, but the actors, the colour, the setting, the look of your characters and so on and so forth, it’s way more work and understanding than people make it out to be.
Q. Do you have any favourite photographers? Who and Why?
A.I wouldn’t say there’s any necessary photographers I would call my ‘favourite,’ but there is a style of photography I really try to reconstruct in my own way. Pages on Instagram like @bleachfilm, @waitingontheworld, @dark.daisies have posts that motivate me to shoot more than anything. If I really did have to name any photographers that I really like, I would have to say Dragan Andic, Will Jivcoff and Rob (@_rcph_]. Those guys know everything behind a camera, in my opinion.
Q. What websites do you visit the most?
A. Besides the staple social media sites, I don’t really deviate much outside of those. I really enjoy Reddit, haha. You can find some awesome photography on there!
Q. What are your plans for the future?
A. My lifetime goal with photography and cinematography is to open my own production company. I want to run and manage everything that goes on, while still being heavily involved on set. I think that’s extremely important with any business; to be heavily involved in what ACTUALLY goes on, instead of just being a bystander and collecting your riches. Secondly, travel is a huge part of my interests in life. I feel there’s so much left to see, and if all the photography I’ve seen thus far in life has taught me anything, is that there’s never enough things to document and enjoy. They all hold very special memories, be the one to tell that story!
Q. If you could be a mix of two animals which two you would be and why?
A. Haha wow, I’ve never been more puzzled answering a question in my life. I’d have to say a pug and piglet, so a puglet? Both of those animals are so adorable, it breaks my heart every time I see them.
Q. Three words to best describe yourself?
A. I feel like I might not be able to answer this question without being incredibly cheesy or cliché, but definitely ‘Stay Happy There.’ Even though this is a song title of a band, I think it speaks a lot of volume. While ‘There’ can constantly change, I think staying happy shouldn’t. I’ve gone through a lot of things over these past few months and it has caused me to go places where I thought I’d never thought I’d see myself. Not even physically, but emotionally. I think the most important thing in life is being aware of how much perspective plays a role in healthy living. It’s pretty simple: If you’re unhappy, change it. Whether it’s the people around you, the choices you make, or the things you see ahead of you, approach them with a good mindset and attitude, and you’ll be able to enjoy yourself and feel better about everything around you. But, more important, if you’re not, then make the change to bring yourself back to the happiness you deserve. While many artists argue that depression and insanity breeds creativity, living a happily and fulfilled life can also do so much for your mind and how you see things visually and creatively. Stop worrying about others and focus on yourself sometimes.
Q. Why did you buy an OBF shirt?
A. Minus the fact that Mikey is the absolute man, supporting local has always been super important to me. Knowing that my money is being invested in something that’s going to better my immediate surroundings in my community is the coolest thing ever. More local talent, businesses, art, fashion or anything for that matter, means more people are being involved in their passions. Which means around you is an increased quality of life, which will always affect you and create more opportunities to inspire and share with one another.
Q. What do you like about OBF?
A. OBF stands for ‘One Big Family,’ and that in itself represents something that seeks to create a collaboration beyond just art, fashion, music, etc., but advocates for humans everywhere. With everything that’s currently happening in the world, I think the idea of OBF supports the idea that we’re in this battle together. With things like war and terrorism constantly flooding the media in a very forward and frontal fashion, I think it’s safe to say we live in a world where our thoughts, lives and potential are compromised by indifference. With this growing idea of competition and domination in the world, we forget that at the core, we are all humans and that we need to support each other constantly for that core value we possess. One Big Family is seen as a collective that accepts all as one and aims to consider all ideas, values and importance of one another. Uniting the family is just the first step in bettering a community of people to feel welcomed for who they are, and to spread that love and positivity to expand the family.
Q. Do you have any top photos you would like us to share?
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