Sorting through the ebb and flow. Rare is the artist who welcomes a line of questions that dig and probe in attempts to uncover the deeper meaning of one’s work. Particular in the visual arts, the work is often said to speak for itself. Freddy Martinez steps up to the challenge in a new interview with Maarten de Boer for PhotoWhoa, eliciting from his subject a fresh and revealing candor that, in its offbeat openness, reflects the spirit we see de Boer capture so consistently in his photography. An excerpt of their conversation:
Were you ever unsure of your talents? When did you realize you could make it?
I really love this question. I think I’m always unsure of my talent. It’s either in my nature to be this way, or its just a healthy state of being. I’m always wanting to learn more, do more, change it up as I go, while maintaining my core sensibility. There is an ebb and flow to the world of photography, things change, some things stay the same, but I feel photographers should always be looking to improve and evolve. It’s what keeps it exciting. I love new and different challenges. And when did I realize I could make it? Hah. I’ll let you know when I do. If you had showed me my portfolio today, 5 or 10 years ago, I would have rejoiced and told you that “I had made it!” But being where I am now, I’m still unsure…There is so much more to being successful in this business than just raw talent. You have to be resilient, business savvy, good with your money, knowledgeable and most of all prepared for your lucky breaks.
Click here to read the full interview at PhotoWhoa, and check out more of Maarten de Boer’s work at DF dot com.