We had the good fortune of connecting with Thomas Morgan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Thomas, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Over the years I’ve dropped into conversations with people who lamented not chasing their dreams. Then you read stories about people who say “If it’s something you love, it’s not work,” which I think is only partially true. It’s going to be work either way but if you’re humble about what you want you won’t be disappointed when it goes slower than you had expected. Things take time–regardless of how groundbreaking they may seem. Decide what your niche is, focus, and be consistent. For most of us, a life is a long thing. Luck, persistence, patience: I offer those as a starting place.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve been photographer since my early high school days, and that’s a long time. What started out as a hobby evolved into a lifestyle and now brand. I made the transition to digital a few years ago and never looked back–despite having accrued literally a dozen “analog” cameras over the years. It’s a new world, and I wake up stoked every morning, eager to see something in a new light.
It’s never an easy journey. Like any pursuit, there’s research and learning involved but that’s part of what makes it fun and interesting. If I have to pick one lesson that taught me the meaning of what it means to be a photographer it’s patience. This is precisely the art form that demands that you slow down and actually look at something, see the story in your mind’s eye, see the drama and triumph. Then frame it up, take the shot. I approach all my photos with thinking that the editing is where the magic is and what I see during the process of photographing is oftentimes completely different from the final result. This could explain why so much photography today literally looks too rushed–as though it’s trying to keep up with the modern world.
See the world and frame it the way it makes sense to you, as an artist.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Two places come to mind: downtown Los Angeles and the canyons off Mulholland Drive. They contrast one another immensely. One is so remarkable modern and futuristic, while the other is so rustic, rural, wild. By exploring these two areas, you really can see the past and future of the city. That’s pretty cool.
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?
My kids. To them I’m their hero, without them I’m simply a man. They ground me and allow me to dream, which is helpful in the creative space.