Frank Blazquez from Albuquerque, New Mexico
I never check my emails and have missed so many good opportunities when people reach out to share their work. I'm sorry, I keep messing up, but I'm glad I recently DID open my inbox to find out about the photography work of Frank A. Blazquez. He's a talented up and coming photographer from the streets of Albuquerque in New Mexico. We also connected through my Insta @notbuenoclub where I told him to keep it up because I definitely see the potential.
He's a humble dude with lots of the imagery I like to share with the world. People with a lot of unrefined or messy tattoos but pictures in general that are raw and straight up. In some way ala Bruce Gilden but reminds even more to the street and fine art portraits of Katy Grannan.
What I'm most interested about Frank's work are the subjects, especially their face expressions. They feel very real. You can sense and see everything from toughness, resilience, and wildness to resentment, feeling sorry and happiness. Who are these people, what happened, what can we learn from them and what can we do? These are the things I'm looking for when going through new and old photographers.
I think Frank has something going on and I would love to keep seeing his work mature and develop. The advice I always give to my photo friends or people that I have connected is to stay in your niche, shoot what you like, what you are really passionate about but to keep a consistent theme. Others with similar interests to you will notice. Another thing is being active on social. For photography is Insta, post every day, do your little hashtags (annoying and look like you are trying too hard but they work), follow AND comment two or three times in others accounts and they will see you and discover your work. I assure you they'll follow you back. After all of this, the word then spreads out quickly. One article from a trusted source here (like the Huffington one), then another there and boom, that's it.
For more on Frank Blazquez's stuff check out this cool photography feature on the Huffington Post where they have a collaborative series connecting the work of two separate photographers on different locations then pairing them together on a side by side composition. And don't forget to also check out his website for some of the work he has done so far.