Today we’d like to introduce you to Eric Collins.
Eric, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
From the time I was 13 years old, I have been fascinated with cameras. It actually started out with video cameras, and I became obsessed with trying to make funny videos with my friends to put on Youtube. I quickly learned a lot about video editing and how that all worked, but I also became very interested in photography as well. For the next few years, I spent some time here and there learning about photography.
Throughout high school, I began to practice less and less to the point where I was hardly doing any type of photography or video. When I was 18 and entering my final semester of high school, I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor and spent a significant amount of time in the hospital. This basically stopped any of small amount of photography I was working on. Luckily I recovered well and was able to continue onto college.
In college, I studied the wonderfully exciting subject of Chemical Engineering (a little sarcasm), and really began to pick up photography again during my sophomore year when I got to take a photography class for my art credit. From then on, I became obsessed with trying to perfect my landscape photography and would spend any free time I had doing so. I would bike 10 miles into the city almost nightly to try and perfect different city shots in the city of Columbus, Ohio (where I went to school).
After school, I got a job out here in Scottsdale, where I currently work in finance. The southwest is an absolutely beautiful place to practice landscape photography, and I have also been expanding my photography into portraits, leaning toward environmental portraits.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I focus my energy on landscape and portrait/environmental portrait photography. For my landscape photography, a lot of the effort comes into actually getting to the location to create the image. I travel fairly frequently and have been to different countries over parts of the world. Many landscape photographers will tell you that they draw their inspiration from the beauty of nature, which is definitely where some of my inspiration comes from. Traveling and seeing many different parts of the world and creating images of these places is incredibly rewarding. However, landscape photography is also an incredible way to practice discipline in life. Landscape photography is a huge time commitment that requires a lot of patience, where you may be waking up at 4 in the morning and staying out till late at night. The best message to take away from landscape photography is despite all of the effort and time you put into getting a shot, it may not turn out well at all, and it’s mostly due to elements of nature and light that are out of your control. This teaches you a great life lesson in dealing with disappointment. It also teaches you to enjoy the process and the work of creating something more than being happy with the final product.
Other than landscape photography, I am also trying to improve my portrait photography. Blending elements of landscape photography and what I have learned in doing that for a few years can make images of people much more interesting. I usually put most of my energy into getting a single image of a person that brings out a lot in that person and the environment around them rather than working on a series of images.
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
The best advice I have to other artists is that I have no idea how I got to where I am except for being obsessive over my work. If you don’t find yourself obsessing over your work, you may need to switch things up. Try traveling to a new location and experiencing a new culture to spark some inspiration. Also, surround yourself with like minded people that practice the same art form.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best place to see my work is on Instagram (ericcollinsphotography) or my website, ericcollinsphotography.com.
- Website: ericcollinsphotography.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ericcollinsphotography/