We had the good fortune of connecting with Alex DeSouza and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alex, why did you pursue a creative career?
I really like that I get to learn about myself and create projects based on my passions. At the end of the day an ‘artistic’ or ‘creative’ career just means being solid in who you are and creating content based on that. “I do what I love and that’s it” as Imogen Heap would say. From drone videography, to personal youtube videos, to video podcasting, and scanography art, it’s all an extension of myself. The real work is making sure I always stay true to who I am. The monotonous work becomes less of a chore once you know why you are really doing it and the end goal is something that truly comes from your heartspace. I’m still in the beginning of expanding my online presence, and the more authentic and vulnerable I am, the more people respond, as well as the more fulfilling the content and projects I create are. It’s been such a cool journey so far and can’t wait to see how it unfolds in the future.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
On the surface, the nature scanography is just really pretty and detailed scanographs of natural specimens. The intention that I have when creating it is that I’d like for people to get a more intimate relationship to nature and all of its beauty, because the world that lives in a scanograph is not necessarily microscopic, but it is too close up to see with the naked eye. So scanning it and looking at it in that perspective allows us to see the intelligence and complexity that lives there, as well as all throughout nature. When you take a drone video of a landscape we also see patterns and shapes that exist there as well. Through the scanographs I’d like for people to have a closer relationship with the specimen they are witnessing as well as notice that all of nature is just as complex and just as beautiful. I took a picture of my face on a scanner when I was younger but that was the extent of my experience taking a conceptual image using a scanner. Until one morning about 3 years ago I had the thought to scan a dandelion leaf to see how it would come out. I started with leaves then moved onto flowers, then butterflies, moths and the rest is history. Because scanography is not a widely used medium, I had to learn techniques on my own. I don’t really know anyone that takes pictures of natural specimens, highlights the close ups, and prints them in large forms so I had to really pave my own road. There’s a lot more energy that it takes to create but it’s definitely worth it in the end. Even though this is kind of a new medium used for serious art, I think that even someone that jumps into something as seemingly common as wedding photography, has something new to offer and their own road to pave out. I say keep exploring your curiosity because your own style will come out in whatever medium you create art in.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I live in Julian, California, a tiny mountain town where there are tons of cute shops and restaurants and an amazing cafe. The San Diego back country has some of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever experienced. So first things first, I would go to the local cafe (Regular’s Wanted) and get coffee/tea and a snack. Then we would go to a hike in Mt. Laguna for a couple of hours. Then we would go back into town to eat at a mexican eatery called “Quecho’s”. We would go to the local produce shop and shop for the rest of the stay. We’d cycle through hiking the desert and hiking the mountains every other day. At some point we could check out all the local shops for gifts and souvenirs to take back with them. The town is very small so any business we’d check out, you have an opportunity to chat with locals and learn a little more about the place.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have had many mentors and people that have supported me over the years, but I do attribute a lot if my recent momentum to the inspiration I receive living in the San Diego back country town of Julian, California.
Other: Podcast youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjiL5NNNUc5kRDwjApozDkQ