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

Hi Christopher, what role has risk played in your life or career?
How do you think about risk?

When I think about risk, I think about the lack of inaction that is done in the moment due to the disharmony of our own fear setting us back from the lack of understanding of the unknown. It is necessary to take a risk; mind you, there is a difference between creative risk where there is a goal that a person wants to accomplish, and it is a make-or-break moment. Compared to the irrational action of not seizing an opportunity to propel us forward in the right direction of where we want to be in life. Risk is an essential part of any person’s career if they’re going to move forward in life.

What role has taking risks played in your life/career?

When thinking about how risk-taking has played out in my life and career, I believe risk-taking has taken me further than where I expected to be in my life with opportunity. However, I am always restless and never really fall into comfort. I am always looking for more within my life; I’m not at the magnum opus of my life or my work. I’m constantly taking risks learning new things, and thinking about how I can do better in my career.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about.

In the quote of Plato’s, “The Allegory of the Cave, ideas are not of the material world but are known through sensation, possessing the highest and most fundamental kind of reality.” What sets me apart from other artists is the ontology behind my photography and the subject matter of my photography. My photography effectively explores the complexity of a person’s reason to be referencing from that person’s untold background and personal philosophy. My art is a call to urgency, bringing attention to people’s hidden narratives, making the viewer draw closer to the image, and evoking a more prolonged thought when looking at the photo, grabbing the person’s attention.

How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges?

How did I get to where I am are today professionally, Honestly through divinity and trusting in the process of where God wants me to land my footsteps in life. It’s one part praying for what you aspire to be and two parts your own action of trial and error. I believe you have to use your failures as stepping stones in the right direction to promote your success and see through it. A lot of people have a vision but never follow through with it because they’re not willing to pay detailed attention put in the hours to see what works and what does not.

What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?

The lesson I have learned along the way is being authentic and refining your authenticity to your brand and yourself every chance that you get. Your presence has a purpose, you just have to see it for yourself, and other people will too. As for my story and brand, personally, there is no complex or deeper meaning behind it. My brand draws from the uncomplicated desire to just create art and stop being afraid of the possibility of failures. I want to inspire people to take the chance and walk into the lines of the known and unknown. A large number of people turn older and realize say, “I wish I had have done something” rather than “I am glad I did something.”

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.
Mon Night

Get together catching up, drink, play UNO with some friends, vibe out, and have a good time.

Morning to noon
Get some coffee and breakfast.
Go to Michigan Ann Arbor and walk around exploring the city.

Noon to Night
Go to a lounge

Morning to noon
Wake up do a photoshoot with a model, take my friend with me
Go paddle boarding with some other people.
Kick it at a beach within Michigan until sunset

Noon tonight
Go out for a dinner
Go out to a jazz club

Morning to Noon
Go to an art museum
try out wine tasting

Noon to Night
Go to a park pick up a game of football
Go to an array of shops

Morning to Night
Throw a small get together inviting friends and family

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 many inspirational people who are a part of my journey in life and deserve so much credit; however, If I were giving credit to anyone first, I’m shouting out my mom for believing in me and seeing the vision at a young age. She pulled the talent out of me as, at an early age, I went through constant notebooks, sketch pads, and cameras. Drawing and documenting life became a meditation for me. She has always told me that God had given me a gift and my hands will take me somewhere in life.

Website: https://www.chrisiivory.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chris.iivory/

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