INTERVIEW: LONG BEACH BASED PHOTOGRAPHER ANTHONY HOLLIS

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What attracted you to photography and how did you get started?

I've always been into visuals and finally decided to create my own. I'd have to say that myspace gave me my first bit of experience lol I used to take profile pictures for everyone in the apartments I stayed in. I didn't think much of it until recently but that's probably why I love portrait photography

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Do you actively look for inspiration? If so, how do you go about it? If not, how did the inspiration for your favorite images come about?

Can't say I actively look for inspiration but I do  find inspiration daily. I follow so many creative people on my social networks that it's impossible to not be inspired. I find most of my inspiration just from being outside observing other people, and being around my family. but My favorite shots probably just happened through complete randomness lol. When I started out i'd just find someone willing to shoot and roam random locations until I captured enough fire.

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What do you want people to feel when they see your images? when they're apart of your images?

I want them to feel like it's not even a picture, like they were there and not me. I like for my pictures to feel like paintings.

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What's your next level for you work? what's your endgame?

Next step is getting into more conceptual work. 

The endgame has nothing to do with photography but I want to start a chain of Recreational centers in black communities across the globe. I want black youth to have access to all types of art classes, money management classes, and everything else that can help them with their future; in their own neighborhoods.  

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Where are you from? Where are you located? How does your surroundings contribute to your artistic style?

I'm from and located in Long Beach, CA. I would have to say it makes my style more diverse. Not just being from or in Long Beach but being in southern CA in general. You can go from street photography to landscape in a matter of minutes; From snow in the mountains to sand at the beach all within 60 miles lol.

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How do you select your subjects/ models? What do you look for in collaborators?

It always starts in my head. Once I get an idea in my head, I plan it all out and find the model(s) that best fit that vision. 

I try to find people that are passionate about whatever it is they're doing, you know? Because they love to do it; not for the likes or the clout. Whether it be modeling, designing, makeup, etc; People that take my time and their time serious. 

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Are you solely a full time photographer?  If so, how was the transition from working for someone to being self employed? If not, how have you been balancing your art and your job?

Right now I'm solely a photographer and have been since I got my first camera. I had got laid off from my last job and decided to take a leap of faith and spent all of my money on a camera (which I don't suggest doing lol). I knew I didn't want to work for anyone else ever again so I pretty much had no choice but to grind it out. Very glad I did.

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What do you do with your images besides archiving them and sharing them on social media?

That is about it actually lol but I'm figuring out how to get published. Right now I'm working on a series of photo-booklets that will be available for purchase. I also sell prints/canvases.

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Do you have any other creative outlet? If so, what are they and how does it fit in with your photography? If not, what other art form would you try if you could and why?

No other outlets like photography. When I get the time I'd like to get into producing/making beats, learn an instrument or two. That's the one thing I wanted to do before photography and sports. 

 

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I've found it hard in the past to be a J. Cole fan.  Not to say his music isn't good but there's usually no mood for it for me outside of vaguely listening to a few tracks as they stream while I'm in the gym.  His music has been the center of debates among real music enthusiasts and generally dismissed by the world of trap rap fans. I've been guilty of more or less dismissing his music myself, and because I know that it isn't altogether bad to me, I decided to listen to this project, thoroughly and figure out how I feel about it, track by track. Here it goes.

1] FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS:

FEELS LIKE: This track feels like negro spiritual meets David lamenting in (just about all of) Psalms (Old Testament in the Bible).  It gives a "thesis" vibe in a sense that, the entire project will carry the same weight by way of content (I'm not anticipating any cuts about b*tches with big butts) .    
*REPLAY QUALITY: 3
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Effects complementary to Lyrics

2] IMMORTAL:

FEELS LIKE: Just another J Cole story. 
REPLAY QUALITY: 0
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Relatable

3] DEJA VU:

FEELS LIKE: Just another J Cole story 
REPLAY QUALITY:
1
HIGHLIGHTS: Content

4] VILLE MENTALITY: 

FEELS LIKE: This beat felt like stories poured from aged pain. The soundbites added to the vibe and Cole's lyrics weren't bad but they still left much to be desired.   
REPLAY QUALITY: 2
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Hook, Soundbites, Instrumental

5] SHE'S MINE, PT 1

FEELS LIKE: This track feels like the scene in a film where a boy who isn't too good at expressing himself is forced to share his feelings with the girl that he's been friends with for some time.  It feels intentionally timid from the beat to the delivery.  Even some of the lyrics complement the shy vibe; "while i'm too scared to expose myself, it turns out, you know me better than I know myself." Certainly one of the better tracks on this project so far. 
REPLAY QUALITY:  5
HIGHLIGHTS: Hook, General Vibe, Relatable  

6] CHANGE:

FEELS LIKE: This track feels like the offspring of "If I Ruled The World" and "Keep Your Head Up" that had no desire of traveling the path its parents paved.   
REPLAY QUALITY:
2
HIGHLIGHTS: Upbeat 

7] NEIGHBORS:

FEELS LIKE: This cut feels a little different than standard Cole. The content sounds about the same but the flow is a little bit more compatible with the beat which gives the whole track a little more than the usual J. Cole "I got a story to tell" sound.   
REPLAY QUALITY: 5
HIGHLIGHTS: Flow 

8] FOLDIN CLOTHES:

FEELS LIKE: This track feels a little more charismatic than the rest. It's more apparent in the lyrics than the delivery but more charismatic nonetheless. 
REPLAY QUALITY: 3
HIGHLIGHTS: Content

9] SHE'S MINE, PT 2

FEELS LIKE: Track 5 evolved. It graduated in confidence and experience. Same vibes different stage of life.  
REPLAY QUALITY: 4
HIGHLIGHTS: Content, Flow

10] 4 YOUR EYEZ ONLY:

FEELS LIKE: This piece sounds like Cole's usual storytelling. However, in context as a (rumored) letter from a friend of Cole to his (Cole's friend's) daughter, it feels a little like a sneak peek into a layered relationship that warrants that usual storytelling, conversational tone.
REPLAY QUALITY: 2
HIGHLIGHTS: Content

Not a bad project overall.  Nothing less than expected from Cole but I'd personally like to see what else Jermaine has to offer us, sonically.  I'm certainly not expecting him to deliver any Kendrick level charisma or a Kanye range of content but I'd like J. Cole to make me feel more.

 

 

*REPLAY QUALITY = how likely am I to listen to this track past the first (few) time(s). 

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