We had the good fortune of connecting with Dominic Duarte and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dominic, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I believe taking risks is a huge part of being successful. You don’t know if you’ll pass or fail when chasing a dream, yet every success story is full of failure. Failure teaches, success spoils. If you want to be successful, failure will come follow close behind you but facing it head on will set you further apart than your peers. Plus if you fall flat on your face and nothing works out you’ll look back and can say “at least I have it my best shot”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Photography for me started out as a hobby, slowly but surely it began to consume my life. I found something I could sink my teeth into and work hours on end without it actually feeling like work. This is something I have tried to find in everything I do to this day. I worked day in and day out for hours on end trying to learn and improve. I set small goals trying to exceed them. Then one day I decided that I was going to do this for a living. I told myself I will be on the Boise State football field capturing moments that would not happen again. I got an opportunity to work for the Boise State Athletics Creative department, the rest is history. I have failed many times and still continue to fail the journey has been hard-fought but I’m clawing my way to the top and won’t stop until I’m there. I have learned that failure is your best friend when it comes to being a creative, perfection cannot be accomplished, and doing something you love will take you further in life than you can imagine. Take the chance because at the end of the day if it doesn’t kill you, you will look back and can say you at least gave it a shot.
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.
If I had a friend coming to Boise, Idaho I would take them downtown and show them the food that the lovely 8th street in downtown Boise has to offer. Freak alley is a highlight of downtown and is a place where artists can paint murals for the whole city to see. Then we would go to Bogus Basin for a day of snowboarding topped off with a great sunset drive down the mountain. The next day we would go and hike table rock to get a great view of the city, afterwards if it is warm enough we would float the Boise River, which by the way goes through the middle of the city.
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 want to shout out Boise State University and their Football Director of operations Joel Schneider taking a chance on me. Without the opportunities they provided I would not be where I’m at now. Angie Smith is also someone who has pushed me and taught me everything I know about editorial photography.
All photos taken by me