We had the good fortune of connecting with Erik Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Erik, why did you pursue a creative career?
I picked an artistic and creative career because it is in my blood. My mother was very creative both in the arts and in music. Many in my family have followed suit. It makes work not seem like work but stimulating.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Although I am a literal artist and do much with music too, my reply here is about my photography. I try to create beautiful and interesting photos. I will be selling some prints of many. However my skill comes in when I restore photos that others treasure but the photo has problems. Some are very old and cracked. Many are faded, off color, water damaged, ripped or stained. Others just have poor photo quality. I take these and turn them into beautiful pictures. It is quite a challenge on some photos but also rewarding when I figure out ways to restore or enhance them. I got to where I am by practice, education, learning tips from others, reading instruction articles and interacting with other photographers as much as possible. The creative part is easy. Learning how to become marketable is much more difficult as any artist will tell you. To address this I ask many questions of others in my field. To get my brand out I created a logo I put on my photos. I have social media pages and a web page I created. I opened a business paypal account and writing pens with my logo that I give out. My lesson is to spread out wide, Do not slow down. Be consistent. Learn from others. I want the world to know that I am unique and want to create works of beauty that are not just like the next guy.

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.
The nice thing about this area is there is a lot to see and do. I would start in the desert and show him some of the many interesting and historical sights and wildlife. There are Indian drawings on rocks and stones with indentations where they ground their grain. There is the worlds tallest trestle hidden away on ancient rail tracts. Or the hot springs. Another day I would travel from there up to the quaint mountain town of Julian and get some of their apple pie or browse their oldtime shops. Or perhaps Palomar mountain and visit the observatory. On a Friday I would take them to Escondido in the late afternoon to “Cruising Grand” where there is a huge selection of old and restored cars. Then we we skip over quickly to Carlsbad to enjoy one of the many free outside concerts in the park in the summer. Many bring their wine, cheese and other goodies there. Another day would be a beach day with fun in the sun and waves. The evening would bring a nice bonfire.. We would stop in my hometown and get the best pizza I’ve ever had at Upper Crust. If it is June we would go to the huge and fun San Diego County Fair. I would spend two days there. We could also visit the Zoo in San Diego and Balboa Park next to it and see many museums including the interesting space and science museum. I would also see one of the music bands I personally know on another evening.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I follow many photographers on social media. A few do very creative and quality work, I have become friends with them. We share ideas and we give each other recognition on each other’s photos. For instance one is a music artist photographer in Nashville named William Mc Clintic. I met him in person when I was there. Another lives and travels in our local deserts. We have been to many of the same locations and taken similar pictures of the same places. His name is Kevin Key. We trade stories.. On facebook there are many photographers and groups dedicated to photography. which I have connections with. One in particular interacts and has photo critiques with other photographers. Dave and Jamie Joyner who run Your Photography Journey have been very helpful in me perfecting my skills.. One close friend named Ronda always gives me appreciation on my photo posts.

Website: https://erikstone.wixsite.com/etchedinstonephoto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erik.cody.stone/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErikCStone

Facebook: www.facebook.com/etchedinstonephotography

Other: etched.in.stone.photography@gmail.com

Image Credits
All images are mine except for the original old time picture that I restored. That is used by permission from Doris Karp who provided me the picture of her parents, to restore

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