We had the good fortune of connecting with Freddy Fox and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freddy, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am constantly inspired by the art and real life beauty I see everyday in online galleries, social media posts, graffiti art, gallery art, commercial art, cinematography . I feel my own sub-conscious is an amalgamation of all this, combined with my life experiences and personal interpretations; help to create the metamorphosis from an intangible thought or emotion to my final printed art concept.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve done photography since childhood, processing and developing film in a dark room, even then I was drawn to the editing of images and creating something more than just the original image captured. I’ve since graduated to digital camera and extensive use of Photoshop. I’ve dabble in many different types of photography over the years; Portraiture, Landscape, Commercial, wedding and product photography. In the end, I realized I didn’t want to create other peoples idea of what a great image was, I was only interested in creating what I wanted to create, something more than just what the camera captures, something that is truly an expression from me and not just the camera. I used to do Oil paintings and draw with charcoal, now I have combined my original love of photography with my artistic background to create something in between a photograph and a painting It could be considered digital art, however I do prefer to maintain as much of the original photographic integrity as possible. I prefer to call my work Photographic Fine Art; It is the evolution and coalescence of everything creative I’ve done in my life up until now.
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 live Downtown LA, so I am a little partial to it, with all the Art Galleries, Bars/Restaurants and shopping. But, I love Venice beach, the eclectic mix of people and the variety of art and crafts to see; This would be the morning coffee and a walk stop, as it normally is for me on weekends. A drive up to Malibu is always nice, but would definitely bring them to El Matador beach, a favorite place of mine to photograph or just relax at without the big crowds. With so many amazing places to eat, it’s hard to name them all, but perhaps Nobu in Malibu if not just for the view. The Griffith observatory is an amazing view of LA and nice place to catch the sunset or watch the city light up as the sunlight fades. Alternately, a sunset cocktail on the patio at Perch in Downtown LA is hard to match. An early morning hike up to the summit of Mt Baldy, an incredible LA experience; being the tallest peak in all of LA county and of course we can reward ourselves with a beer at the Notch on our way down. Many nights can be filled exploring all the bars of DTLA and Hollywood. Mezcalero, Cliftons, The wolves, Jumbo’s clown room, Lost property just to name a few. Spire73 a must see as well, sunsets or a cocktail and dinner with unparalleled views of the city. So much to do and see here, the Arts District in DTLA, Shopping in the Fashion district, hanging out in Echo park or maybe a visit to the Sunken city in San Pedro.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to all the struggling artists out there, that keep producing art and putting it out there despite not getting recognition, fame or 1000’s of Social media likes. Social media can have real negative effects on peoples ego and self worth. Keeping creating art to fill your own soul, others can’t tell you what that is.