Today we’d like to introduce you to Sharon Campos.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I guess I should start with who got me into photography, to begin with. My parents were involved in the production industry (Not music, or Tv production). My mom was a coordinator and my dad was in Audiovisual production. They would travel and sometimes I would go with them on trips closer to home. In Venezuela, we have a TV Program famous to everyone because it was where they broadcast all of the president’s speeches. It was called Canal Ocho (Channel Eight).
Growing up my parents would always teach me something when it came to photography. How to get good angles and make lighting work in your favor. Of course, I didn’t study like they did when it came to photography, but I did practice until I got better. My work stems from personal development- I wish people would see the world as I see it and I share my opinions and thoughts with them through Photojournalism.
Sometimes it is hard to express some thoughts and feelings, but I like thinking that in a way it will help someone that needs it, THAT is what keeps me going.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
I was at the lowest point in my life sometime last year up until a few months ago, and what got me through everything was writing and taking pictures. Of course, not everyone liked what I wrote or the photos I took. Still, there will always be some type of criticism but when it comes from people closest to you, it can be harsh. Not everyone has the same experiences, situations, or preferences.
This being said, I was glad when I was invited to be part of a group of photographers that shared the same struggles as I did. We weren’t doing what we did because we wanted some form of recognition, but because we loved it.
Because it made us incredibly joyous and because we knew that regardless of what other people said, whoever needed it would know that they weren’t alone and we would welcome them with open arms.
Just like they had done with me.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I love writing and taking pictures.
Why I do what I do is not because of some recognition, it is more of a personal blog. I like what I do and I like sharing it with people. even if most people just scroll through or don’t like what I write, I do it for those that DO like it. For those that need to hear words of encouragement or the ones that need to see some light in the darkness.
We’d be interested to hear your thoughts on luck and what role, if any, you feel it’s played for you.
That’s an interesting question.
I don’t believe in good luck or bad luck, I do believe in whatever vibe or energy you put into your work is what you will be getting back as a result.
When I do believe that when I do my photography and journalism I put as much good energy as I can into my work, and as a result, I attack people with the same energy or the same vibes that I give out. Whatever it is you give out into the world is what you get back.
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A. Madriz and M. Rubio