Featured Photographer: Jesse Patterson III

"I have a long way to go but I am finally ready to take this photographic journey and see where I end up."

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How did you get to where you are now in your career?

A lot of life experiences overcoming being a black gay male, drug addiction, and mental health just to name a few obstacles in have have to overcome. I use my photography as my therapy and I shoot and edit according to how I'm feeling at the moment. I try to give viewer a glimpse of my reality through my photos.

What person has been your inspiration in life? Who is your hero?

Everybody in my family has been an inspiration. My parents and siblings are wildly talented and focused individuals.

Do you feel like you've met your goals?

No, I have a long way to go but I am finally ready to take this photographic journey and see where I end up; very exciting.

If you had to do it over again, what would you change?

Nothing ever bad and good situation in life has modeled me into the man I am today. I would change nothing from the past because I wouldn't be me.

Do you have any tips?

Do what you love and do it as much as you can. If you look at photography as work then it's probably not your passion. Experiment all the time and try new things you can appeal to many audiences. Don't limit your creativity to one sale of photography try all types you never know the masterpieces you can capture.

How do you stay inspired?

I reflect on the past and my hardships and use that energy to keep me motivated to one day be a successful photographer.

What photography related things do you recommend?

Experiment as much as possible Don't over think your photos let them come organically

What's your favourite camera?

Any Nikon lol!

What was your most interesting experience?

One of the photos I am submitting is a photo of my husband who just got out of rehab he wanted to shave his head signifying a fresh start. I thought let's run with this and did a impromptu photoshoot to showcase where he was at in life at the time...let's just say it was rather interesting lol.

Booking information:

Email: Ruderalisphotography@gmail.com



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