We had the good fortune of connecting with Doug Frerichs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Doug, why did you pursue a creative career?
The way I’ve found to be consistently reminded of the unique experience we get to have here on Earth has been through participating in the creative arts. Making, viewing, sharing, discussing — your intro into the shared human experience can be through art. Once that direction was clear to me, there seemed no other choice. Devoting my life to a creative pursuit seems the best way to fulfill my life and give me the answers I’m unaware I need. Tackling creative endeavors and stretching oneself artistically is the rat race that is worth the hassle.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I find something entrancing about a photographic still image. The type where a moment is captured, frozen in time, a moment that can barely said to have existed, for no one saw it, but the camera revealed it. I like to approach photography with this idea in mind and let it inform the images I make. The search for these moments is endless and ever-changing. While not the only dimension of my photography, I consider it the starting point. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of those that have supported me along the way. It may sound cliché, but it is the absolute truth and I am willing to bet the same can be said of most people working in a creative field. A lot of growing pains can be avoided the quicker one realizes that getting the help of others, and just as important helping others, is instrumental in progressing as a working creative. If I had to “start over,” I would start asking for help on Day 1.
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?
I’m imagining post-covid, I’m eager to visit some old favorites: -Breakfast at Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles -Museum of Jurassic Technology -Soap Plant + Wacko -Freestyle Photo -Barnsdall Park sunset That was my go-to pre-pandemic and will be my go-to after! 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?
With the last 11 months being as they were, I have to do a shoutout to a book that I read over the summer. “The Peregrine” by JA Baker, a book you could wholly describe as “about a bird,” has carved out a permanent residence in my psyche and I urge anyone who asks me to read it. It is exactly what you expect while continuously something else. The book informed me creatively and personally in ways unexpected.
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