Here at Chrome City, we pride ourselves in having ultra-creative and inspiring homies throughout the Chicago area. Each week, the Chrome Chronicle (our news outlet) will share a little bit about these incredible people and why we are excited to feature them as our #ChromeHomie.
Let us introduce our Homie, Evan.
Q: Explain your position.
A: Freelance photographer/videographer
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I suppose that this changes based on the type of shoot I am doing. For example: with portraits my job is to visually communicate my subject's personality and their character through photos, which is a challenge that I love. One general thing in my creative process is to not overthink and allow things to happen organically. It's been an approach that has worked for me for extremely well up to this point, so I'm sticking with it.
Q: What inspires and motivates you?
A: I'm inspired by everyday life in Chicago. The architecture, the people, the culture, are all major things that bring out the best in me. What motivates me is reminding myself that I haven't done anything. I believe it's important to be proud of what you've done, but I like to push myself to reach my goals and never settling until I do.
Q: How did you end up in Chicago?
A: I met a friend while working in for a nightclub shortly after getting my camera. He has a great respect for my photography and put his neck out to get me a job working part time for an agency in Chicago. I already had a network in place, so moving up to the city from Springfield, IL was a no-brainer.
Q: What is your favorite part about living in Chicago?
A: I'm gonna go with the Art. The culture here is like nowhere else in the midwest, or maybe anywhere in the world. There are so many talented artists from all sorts of disciplines, and getting to be around and working with them is definitely my favorite thing about Chicago.
Q: What has most influenced your career?
A: This might be a little embarassing, but Instagram has had the biggest influence on my career. It's what sparked my interest in digital photography, and it's where I have consumed tens if not hundreds of thousands of photos over the past 4+ years. It has remained the greatest tool in marketing and promoting my photography to this point, which is really why I am where I am today.
Thanks for being a Chrome Homie, Evan!