Eric Gea – Featured Photographer
Eric Gea is an L.A. based photographer. Eric has been shooting for a little less than 10 years and working with photoshop for over 13 years. Eric was an artist as a teeanger and took some time away from the arts for about 10 years. It wasn’t til chance that he became a photographer while working at a well known restaurant chain. From there he trained himself and has continued to grow and expand his creative eye . He as shot for Maxim, Esquire International, TapOut Clothing, AT Magazine, Original Retro Brand Clothing and many others.
Eric, tell us a little about where you grew up and how you got your start shooting.
I grew up in the suburbs of LA bout 20 miles east of downtown. I never planned on being a photographer, it just happened by accident really. I used to paint and draw a lot in my teenage years. I stopped doing that in my early 20′s. It wasn’t until my 30′s when I was working at a popular restaurant chain — the one with the orange shorts. I decided to get a small digital camera to update the wall photos for the restaurant . After a awhile the girls there started asking me to take their photos for calender submissions. I had only worked there a year and I decided to leave and pursue photography full time and things developed from there. So I’ve been shooting a little over 10 years now.
What do you find to be inspiring in your work? What drives you to shoot?
My driving force for shooting is definitely beautiful women! So, to be able to mix that and my love for art is really a great mix. Plus artists like David La Chappelle, Annie Leibovitz, and Herb Ritts are also big inspirations.
If you could go back and re-chart your course what would you do differently with regard to your photography career?
If I could go back and change anything, I don’t think I would I feel you have to do your time like any other profession. I’m pretty happy with were I’m at. I’m self taught and I’m not really tech heavy when it comes to shooting. I shoot it, if it looks good I keep going. I like the uncertainty of not knowing some things.
You come from an artists background. How do you see that artist coming through in your work?
I was a big comic book collector growing up, so that was definitely a driving force in my work. I see a lot of inspiration coming from comics in my work.
Where would you like your work to be headed in five years? Where do you see yourself?
In five years I hope to be shooting totally different than I am shooting today. I constantly want my work to evolve I also want to direct music videos so hopefully in that time I can start to do more of that.
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