We had the good fortune of connecting with Titus Haug and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Titus, how do you think about risk?
It’s always been apparent to me that risk is a necessary aspect of creativity. And with that, discipline and pain. These are often a part of “birthing” something new. In regards to my photography, I’ve found that pushing my own boundaries and creativity is the only space where I can approach something with a fresh perspective. It can be quite uncomfortable to lean into a head pace or even towards an action that is bleeding into the unknown. The unknown is ultimately what scares me/us from experiencing the true wonder that can come from “going for it” in regards to your art (or discipline). Practically speaking, a lot of the risk I’ve taken and continue to take seems to have a monetary aspect to it. Investing time and finances into a dream that you believe in naturally means that you are taking time and money away from something else (which in my case has often been a clear divergence between the road of comfort and ease and the road of discomfort and unknown). Hindsight however, after years of doing this, has allowed me to see that it has been well worth it. Every dollar spent and every hr spent…As new work/art is put out into the world it will naturally run its course. Some projects prove to have been very fruitful and worth the time. Other projects may “flop” but teach me a valuable lesson. Regardless of the result, I can’t see a way to escape taking risk if you are seeking to build something from your heart/mind into a real piece of work or product. This goes for both my music and photography.
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.
My time as an artist has been split between songwriting/touring and fine art photography. I do both of these for the simple reason that I am deeply inspired by both art forms. I’ve found that growing a career as an artist is a difficult and discouraging road at times. The term “struggling artist” exists because many artist are in fact “struggling.” That being said, it is also a deeply satisfying and enjoyable way to live life. I’ve often thought that one could not truly pursue a career as an artist unless they really loved it, because often it can take many many years to grow to a point of sustaining your financial needs through art. In my own journey, I really can’t imagine myself doing anything else. It’s something that has been instilled in my from a young age. To create and express is not only something I like to do, but also something I need to do for my own sanity! Possibly the greatest lesson I’ve learned as a musician and photographer, is simply to not give up when the going gets tough. You have to believe that what you have to offer the world is valuable (even when you often feel discouraged that maybe its not!). The truth is that although art is often considered a luxury, it is actually something necessary for humans to thrive. It takes discipline and hard work and perseverance. It’s a beautiful thing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite pass time in San Diego is surfing so if a good friend was visiting I’d probably take them to all the wonderful beaches and surf breaks we have here in SD. San Diego’s really been growing in its food culture over the years and the amount of rad restaurants, coffee shops and hang out spots is vast at this point.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It feels like an entire book could be written in honor of all the individuals who have helped me along the way. I specifically think of Daniel Mansson who has been a photography mentor for me over the last few years. For music Aaron Redfield and Glen galloway have been immensely kind to me with their friendship and advice. My family and musical collaborators are also a significant source of support and love, so I’d like to dedicate this shout out to these individuals.