Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Weatherly.
Hi Anthony, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I have been doing photography as long as I can remember. I consider myself still semi-amateur. I started in fashion and fine are about three years ago. Since Denver has a very up-and-coming fashion scene, I knew I wanted to be a part of it in my own way. I started looking for photography groups on Facebook and Instagram. I had quite a few successful photoshoots from those platform groups. I also reached out to local photographers I had seen in social media. I’ve since been published in a few magazines and have quite a few promo poster shots for the Clocktower cabaret. I was personally selected to photograph a live art show in the Santa Fe art district for Ira Sherman. Ira is an amazing sculptor and retired jeweler. His art is one of a kind and thought-provoking. I was thrilled to be a part of his amazing works. I’m currently in Wyoming but I do photoshoots in both Colorado and Wyoming. I’m making my way back to the Denver area at the beginning of the coming year.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The journey to finding my style and perfecting my skill hasn’t been easy. Although I’m proud of the work I’ve created, I’ve also failed many times. Colorado has so many great and diverse groups of people. For this reason alone, I’ve worked with some amazing creatives. When I was first starting out, I had many models reach out to work with me. I thought I was rising to the top. However, quite a few flaky models, no shows, and a few that ghosted me after setting up shoots had caused issues. The pandemic certainly put a stop to lots of plans I had set up. The pandemic shutdowns forced everyone in the fashion and photography scene to find new ways of expressing creativity. Many took to remote photo shoots. It was difficult but it was an experience I won’t soon forget. I’ve learned a lot since starting out and I keep pressing to go further than I had previously.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As I said before, I consider myself a semi-amateur photographer. I’ve set out to create photos that are unique and out of the norm. I like working with a diverse group of people or individuals. I have always been fascinated with black and white photography. The whole contrast between light and shadow really appeals to me. I appreciate the work and effort that goes into creating a black and white shot. In my opinion, it’s not as easy to produce an amazing black and white photo. The process is less forgiving. I can’t say at the moment I’m known for a particular style or element. However, I’m still cultivating a portfolio that speaks more to my creative mind than just the photo itself. I worked with an amazing model here in Denver, Izi Aragon. We had planned to work together before the shutdowns and finally made it happen. From that shoot, a portion of it was featured in Mob Journal magazine. Up to that point, my work hadn’t been featured on a cover. My very first publication was a magazine called Swing. My cousin, Kiyah; who is an amazing ballet dancer, posed for me a few times. The photos from that shoot was included in that magazine. I don’t want to confine my work to just a specific “commercial” look or a “finely polished look,” per se. I believe that polishing a photo is great in certain cases. I don’t believe that one should take so much away from the photo by completely masking the subject. I prefer to do as little retouching as possible. Although, when necessary, I’ll provide that.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
As I child I remember carrying my fisher price camera around. I wanted to either be a photographer or a singer. Of course, that changed frequently, sometimes daily. One memory that sticks out is riding the passenger train in Boone, Iowa. My Grandma on my dad’s side took my siblings and I there for the day. It was an amazing time simply because we had never experienced anything like that before. We loved our grandmother and spending time with her was always what we needed.
- Email: Anthonyarthurimages@gmail.com
- Instagram: @anthonyarthurimages
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