Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Tom Huynh
by Bree Garcia
TH: My photography is based out of Sacramento and Northern California. I recently traded my film cameras in for a digital camera and since then, my photography has taken a different turn. I am a fine art photographer with a vast portfolio and other interests. I love to document my environment and like to tell a story from a unique perspective. It is a way that I express myself and communicate my inner thoughts that I cannot put on a sheet of paper. As photographers, we have to respect our craft with a great deal of dignity and humility. I dedicated my life to the belief that photography is the only thing that makes me happy. It is my life. It is my passion. And in the end, nothing else matters.
SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?
TH: I’m a photographer. I started shooting films, now I am primarily a digital photographer. I love working with people. I consider myself a portrait photographer. I have shot with every format of camera possible.
SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?
TH: Share your visions with others. It is very important that we learn from each other. We do not live in a cave. Share your knowledge to the younger generations of photographers.
SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?
TH: Being an artist, you must have thick skin. You will deal with rejections. It is part of the process. Don’t settle to one style. Continually push yourself to do something above and beyond your capability. Always have an open mind for learning experience. Practice, Practice, Practice. Learn techniques from great photographers and use it to define your own personal style.
SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?
TH: My mentors in Sacramento are photographers that paved ways for people like me. Kurt Fishback taught me a lot about black and white photography how to look at negatives and translate them into prints. Andy Delucia was a great influence on me. I learned how to develop my black and white through these two great photographers who will always be my mentors. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Andy, God bless him.
SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?
TH: Facebook. I follow a lot of photographers on Facebook. I also love walking around on Second Saturdays.
SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like share with our reader?
TH: We have a great arts community here in Sacramento. If you take an afternoon off and walk around, you will learn a lot about the arts in the area.
SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?
You can find my work on my website: http://www.tomhuynh.co or facebook.com/huynhphotography
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