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Meet Clifton McWilliams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clifton McWilliams.

Hi Clifton, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
As long as I can remember, I have always been drawn to things creative, from drawing, music, tattoos, etc. It wasn’t until I began to struggle more with anxiety and depression that my doctor suggested I look for a hobby that could be therapeutic for me, it was just happenstance that my friend David had just gotten into photography and it interested me as well. I purchased my first camera approximately three years ago and it has been a life changer, not only for me coping with anxiety but taking me to places I never thought I would have visited. My goal now is to travel and see as much of the world as possible and capture it and show it through my lens, while also advocating for more creative outlets for those who struggle with mental health issues like myself.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I would say the road so far has been just, freelance photography can take many years of hard work before you start to see a monetary reward from it. I am fortunate to be in a position where I am financially independent so it makes it much less stressful.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am primary a landscape photographer, I also love lifestyle photography as well. I would say that I am most proud of taking the leap to just get out with my camera with the destination unknown sometimes and making photos of some lesser known places.

I know the rules of photography, and I intentionally disregard them and most of what photographers would suggest to become “popular” on social media. I make photos of places and things that make me feel some type of emotion when I see it, it’s that simple for me and rules be damned.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
I have learned just how vulnerable we all can be at any moment and how we all have a responsibility as human beings to do our part to keep ourselves safe and others around us. Covid also forced me to find other ways to be more creative with my photography.

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