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Life & Work with Manuel Molina of Phoenix

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manuel Molina.

Hi Manuel, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
When I was younger I found myself intrigued with being behind a camera but it never sparked my interest until I was in my twenties. I had a friend who was taking photography classes at a community college and conveniently my mother found a point and shoot camera on the sidewalk at her job, which she gave to me. With that camera I went out with my friend and what he learned, I learned from him. I stopped doing it after about a year and it was not until the last 2, maybe 3, years that my interest completely peaked for photography. I started off by documenting graffiti in the valley but I began to find my curiosity for photographing other things. A change in my work schedule allowed me to only shoot at night on my nights off from work. So I dipped my feet into night/street photography. I fell in love with this type of photography because life at night feels and looks completely different from your typical daytime atmosphere. I feel like there’s some sort of magic at night that can only be captured at night. I am finding myself doing more shooting during the day to also capture different dynamics of Phoenix which I don’t come across at night. One of the things I personally want to start doing next is expand into portrait photography and I have ideas to mix it with my night/street photography. I am only a hobbyist at the moment, but my goal is to go full time someday because this is my passion. I do not go a minute without having a photo in mind. I am here to create all while capturing a piece of Phoenix in my own unique way. I hope that my pictures of Phoenix are looked back upon in the future to see how much the city has changed since then.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
What I know about photography today I did not learn overnight. We are talking hours, days, weeks, even months of nonstop studying and practicing to hone my craft and I still feel like I have a long way to go. I am limited on equipment so I work with what I have. At first that felt like a big inconvenience but I have grown comfortable with where I am. Another challenge for me has always been getting customers or even models to help me build myself up. Sometimes the support isn’t completely there as well, but that doesn’t deter me from enjoying myself.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I work for the United States Postal Service (USPS) which I am vary proud to do so. I don’t deliver mail but I actually work in a warehouse that separates mail for every single town and city in all of AZ.

Is there a quality that you most attribute to your success?
My relentless desire to learn and keep growing. My creative gears constantly grinding.

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