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Art & Life with Dallin Willden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dallin Willden.

Dallin, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My interest and love for photography started when I was in high school. I had a senior project due for my English class and decided to create a brand and hobby for myself while making a little bit of money to save up for my college expenses. Once I stopped relying on school equipment and rentals and had my own gear I was obsessed. I used my love for nature and desire to be with friends to share my own view on the world. After a few years of senior pictures and nature photos, I finally had my first real gig as a clothing and apparel photographer for Jungle Official Apparel. Through my relationship with their company and expanding contacts I have slowly been able to expand my photography career and have been blessed with more opportunities than I can count. Photography is now an almost everyday hobby for me now and I still ask myself how I am lucky enough do make money and build relationships doing something that I love.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My favorite type of photography is nature landscapes as well as portraits in nature. I have always had a love for nature and being able to show people this part of my life is a blessing. Being colorblind, I was always nervous to share my work with others. Today, however, I use my colorblindness to share my own unique view of the world with others and hope to inspire other people who may be hesitant to create or share art because of anything that they may think holds them back.

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I believe that social media has had the biggest impact on artists. With many people having access to cheap cameras and cell phones with very high-quality cameras, the art form has become very saturated. The role that photographers and other artists play should be to show people the world in a unique way. Whether people are posting pictures of weddings, wildlife, or waterfalls, the goal of a photographer should be to capture everyday events and locations in a way that inspires the viewer. As the world becomes crazier and more hostile, more and more people should use art as a form of escape, or as a way to better understand the inspirations and thoughts of others. I believe that art is a way to bring people together, even when society continues to drive people apart.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I mostly keep my work available through social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook. (Instagram @dallinwphoto). I also work with Society6 to sell products such as notebooks and framed prints which can be found at society6.com/dallinwilldenphoto. I also love to sell nature prints and framed prints via email or Instagram direct messages.

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