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

Hi Josiah, why did you pursue a creative career?
When I was younger, I simply would have said “because it’s fun”. Art is fun and amazing but that is not the entire reason why. I knew since I was a child I wanted to be an artist. I did it because I loved it. However, my imagination was not running wild. I struggle with surrealism and creating worlds and characters in my mind, and I could not put that on paper. I was more into realism and learning technical skills. Then photography came into my life at the age of 16. Photography overtook my life, and I knew for as long as I live I wanted to take pictures. Growing up I was taught to be caring, sympathetic and to help others. These characteristics I carried with me when I went out to take photos. I wanted to show the world by capturing it through what I now call my “unbiased lens”. Meaning that my eye and the lens are not capturing something to judge them, but to understand them. Not just people but ideas and places that I feel that are miss represented by others. Through this unbiased lens, I want the audience to connect to the subject matter as much as I do. Helping those understand people, places and ideas through photography is why I am pursuing a creative career.

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.
I think what sets me apart is my open heart and mind. My willingness to use my talent and skills to understand something or someone. I am always excited to keep learning not just from school and my professors but other people outside of that circle as well. I can use my camera to understand the world around me. It took a lot of patience and energy to get here. There were a lot of challenges throughout my life that made me question so much. It is never easy to get through hardship whether it has to do with your career, family or personal life. That is why you have to be patient, because life is not going to move any faster than it is going right now. Life is a long war with many battles that end in victory, and some ending in defeat. You just have to find a way to get as many victories as you can, and know what is the right path to take after a defeat. Right now I know the kind of work I want to make and the message I want to convey. I let the subject do the talking while I stand and watch. I want people to truly care for one another, not just those who you know, but the ones who you do not know nor understand. That is my message and what I want the world to know.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Quite frankly I am not a fan of tourist-like activities. I think the best thing to do with your best friend is to get a car and just drive and stop where and whenever you feel like. You can have so many great moments on the journey. You can enjoy each other’s company and sing classic songs at the top of your lungs. You have a willingness to try new things and explore new places. Of course there will be things on the journey that will disappoint you. The important thing is we tried them and did not stick to things we know. I think it is important to take risks and be adventurous while you still can because sooner or later you will not have that luxury.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Oh wow there are so many! First off, my family of course. Grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles have supported me and my journey. I love you all. However, I would not be here without my mother. I fully admit it, I am a momma’s boy and I am not ashamed of that. She will continue to be there for me in my best and my worst times. She taught me how to be the man I am today. She taught my sister how to be the amazing women she is today. She supports the ground my sister and I walk on every step of the way. It is difficult to put into words how much I love my mother. Love you mom.

Secondly, there have been many teachers and guidance counselors who saw something in me that I didn’t even know that existed. They saw intelligence, passion, selflessness, enthusiasm and an eagerness to learn. They saw all of that in a boy who would second guess himself when they knew what he was going to say was the right answer. From Pre-K to college my teachers, professors, and counselors wanted to see me succeed in whatever career path I choose. They all knew I would succeed from the very beginning and it was all because of their guidance, support and positivity. The professors, counselors, and teachers who had a great impact on me know who and they are and to them I want to say thank you. Thank you for believing in me when I never could and showing me the parts of me I never saw.

Website: https://josiahgill.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/josiahlgill/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/josiah-gill-a86266215/

Image Credits
Image of me with large format calumet camera was taken by Rafael Medina. Photos of the kitchen and self portrait was taken by me Photo of me with another subject to my right was taken by unknown

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