Top 3 Illgrammers to Follow This Week
This is the first weekly dose of "Top 3 #Illgrammers To Follow This Week". Every week I'll select 3 creatives off ig and showcase them here on my blog so you guys can follow them too. This week I've selected @frankhavemercy, @blackout.jpg, @jcvnha.
Whats up Frank, can you tell us who you are and a little about what you do?
My name is Frankhavemercy and i'm a visual artist, writer, painter, and director
What inspires you?
Psychedelics, my mother,and sounds inspire me most
What advice would you give someone who wanted to do what your doing?
Advice i would give someone who wants to do what i do is to find your own element and perfect it. Staying true to your self is what makes you an artist. Work on your craft daily. And any day you go through something bad or good make it tangible. Put it into something you can touch, feel, or see. It'll bring substance yo your art.
IG, Tumblr, Twitter: @Frankhavemercy
Nick , can you tell us who you are and a little about what you do?
So I hail from a little town from upstate NY known as Wappingers Falls. I moved to NYC about 4 years ago in order to attend school at Hunter College where I graduated with a degree in Geography, I love everything about nature , yet I find myself simultaneously captivated by this built up environment I now call home. I picked up a little sony a330 about a year ago (handed down from my mother) in order to keep myself occupied and sane in my free time during wrestling season (distracted me from eating while I was cutting weight haha.) I then became rather interested in photography at a more serious level and decided to purchase a camera that would facilitate my growing passion. Fast forward a couple of months and I now find myself in love with photography as it has pushed me to step out of my comfort zone, go places I would have otherwise not have, meet a ton of rad individuals, and basically look at my surroundings from a different yet refreshing perspective. Lately , I have realized I have developed a niche for portrait work and have come to really enjoy working with people, something about creating with others through my lens is just so enticing.
What inspires you and your work?
My peers. The people I have found myself associated with and surrounded by all tend to inspire me in one way or another, I feel like there is this sort of "Creative Renaissance" going on right now and I absolutely dig it. Everyone seems to be feeding off of eachother in the best way possible.
What advice would you give to someone who wanted to follow in your path ?
The best advice I could give would be to:
#1 Network, be personable and indulge in as many activities, and social gatherings as possible.
#2 Break out of your comfort zone, pursue new and exciting endeavors as much as possible.
#3 Respect YOURSELF and do what YOU love. When it comes to being creative, constantly remind yourself that this is for you first and everyone else second. If someone doesnt like the work you're doing, don't sweat it. Refrain from comparing your work to anothers, and simply enjoy what you do.
#4 Make physical copies of your work! Don't simply leave all of your images to be viewed on social media or websites, make prints, hang em up all over your room, apartment, house, your family and friends house, whatever ! There is something so rewarding about seeing your own work off of a cell phone or computer screen.
IG : @Blackout.jpg, E: Nicholas.RWilkie@gmail.com
Whats going on Jayson, can you tell us who you are and what u do ?
Okay, so i'm 20 years old and i'm a full time free lance photographer based in NJ. I never thought photography would become a great interest of mine. I kind of just picked up a camera when I was 18 and started shooting stanced cars and sometimes sneakers on my feet. It wasn't really until i discovered my friend Reilly and many others Instagram that I started expanding what I shoot a year after which was mainly cityscape and started shooting some portraits.
What do you draw inspiration from?
As cliché as it may sound, Instagram inspires me a lot and other platforms like Tumblr and 500px. When i see people shoot incredible things, it just makes me want to go out and shoot literally everything. When i go out shooting, Its just something that I love to do. The feeling of holding a camera and clicking the shutter to capture a moment is like no other cause it will always remain a memory you can keep with you.
What advice would you give to those who want to get out there and do what you do ?
What advice I would give to upcoming photographers? I would say just go out and shoot, you dont need to spend thousands of dollars on equipment to achieve a "good" photo. I've seen so many people kill it with iphone only. Just find what you love to shoot, what you feel would capture the best moment for you. Shoot it in completely different ways, use your whole environment, etc. Overall, just have fun with it!
IG : @Jcvnha, WEB: jaysoncunha.com