#UnderOurHat Photographer Alexis Ziemski

Since I was a child I have always had a creative imagination & a love for art. As a kid, I also wanted to work with animals in conservation. I was pretty hell bent on being the next Steve Irwin, and saving the world. I had always made art, but only as a hobby.

I became very interested in disposable film cameras. Even though I had no way of developing the photos at the time, I kept adding to the growing collection that eventually included old film cameras. I didn’t start becoming interested in photography until I was about around the age of 12-13. I started off with a simple battery operated Kodak point-and-shoot camera that I took everywhere with me. I actively started to pursue photography around 14 after saving up for my first DSLR.

Art was always my creative outlet and for the most part the most consistent thing in my life. When I was old enough to understand that nobody could take art or my creativity away from me, I started to pay more attention to it.  Art started as a hobby and then gradually turned into a lifestyle for me.

I have a lot of different styles, but my work is mostly known for fine-art/conceptual portraits. I’m very drawn to using run-down or ordinary locations, and prefer to use natural light. I focus on moment, emotions and colors in my photos to highlight the story being told and/or capture my subjects personalities. I’m always on the lookout for new props/ wardrobe I can use for concepts. Whenever I’m not shooting portrait work, I also enjoy documenting my adventures or photographing landscapes & wildlife.

When I decided I wanted to pursue a career as an artist, I was greeted with the stereotypical “Art doesn’t pay the bills” argument. Despite the risk, I wouldn’t take no for an answer and felt that this was a journey that I needed to see for myself – Never underestimate the value of hard work & dedication.

Surround yourself with other people who understand your vision. This year I had the pleasure of hosting #HUBDAY 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio! Having a support system and community of creatives is so important, which is why I’m thrilled to be apart of the Hub community.

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