We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Rosenberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
This is such an interesting question in light of the past year+ of pandemic life. My answer is definitely a bit different than if I was asked before 2020. Prior to 2020, I really didn’t have much of a work/life balance. I knew and understood the value of balance and self-care and rest/down time, I just didn’t much pay attention to things like that. I was go go go all the time, whether money was on the line or just to create art for the sake of art. The past year has really taught me a lot about the value of down time, rest/relaxation, building quality human connections, etc. So going forward, as the world slowly opens back up (hopefully), I’m definitely going to be prioritizing my new found conceptualization of work life balance.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is constantly shifting and evolving over time. For the past few years, I’ve largely been focused on the concept of duality and hope in the struggle, whether with my portrait work, landscape work, or combining the two genres. How’d I get where I am today? A lot of experimenting and trial and error. I’ve shot just about every genre of photography there is — from wedding, to family portrait, to product, commercial, etc. I still do have a separate photo business that does corporate/commercial work, because the reality is, I need both sides of what I do for both financial and artistic reasons. I wouldn’t say it was easy or necessarily hard either. I’ve never been afraid of hard work and I’m all about the marathon, not the sprint. As far as what I’d want people to know about my story: that even seemingly dark art can come from a place of compassion/empathy/humor.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well .. I’m honestly not much of a city dweller so my itinerary might be bit different, but here goes.
Coffee Commissary at sunrise
Drive to one of the local mountain ranges (San Bernardino National Forest, Angeles Crest, Los Padres, Santa Monica Mountains, etc).
Get to an elevation where there’s not much cell signal.
Enjoy the mountains and decompress.
Stop for gas station coffee on the way back to LA.
Get dinner at Doko Sushi in Tarzana.
Alternate Itinerary if it’s a friend who likes touristy stuff:
The usual museums, Hollywood Blvd, Santa Monica Pier type itinerary. Not my usual scene, but down to show that part of LA to friends 🙂
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yep! I’d have to say the answer to this question is my friend Larissa Patel. We’ve known each other since early 2016 and she’s been a great friend and mentor since day 1. Over the years, she’s pushed and guided me out of my comfort zone more times than I can count (both professionally and artistically), and despite my whining, it’s always been for the best.
Red Jumpsuit Photo Model: IG: @kingdomkincaid (Emily Kincaid) Flower Crown Model: IG: @lorenzo_edwards (Lorenzo Edwards)