Carson, how about you tell us more about yourself?
Sure! I am a 20-year-old originally from Strathmore, Alberta and currently living in Calgary!
I was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and then went to Strathmore and then went to Innisfil, Ontario for 2 years in elementary school and then back to Strathmore.
What’s gotten you into photography?
It started as a high school class, and then I just used it as an outlet for depression as a way to get out of the house and clear my head.
At which point has it become more than just a hobby?
When I felt like I had a knack for it, and could do more than just take pictures, I could use a camera as a tool for content creation; something more than just a “pretty picture.”
For people that are into photography, can you let us know the equipment and software you use?
- -I use a canon 6d, Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 mostly
- -shoot film (mainly Kodak Portra’s) on a Minolta 101
- -iPhone X if i ever use my phone (the camera is fantastic, and you can take some great shots)
- -Macbook/iMac combo with the adobe creative suite, mainly use Lightroom (photo editing), Premiere Pro (video) and illustrator (design work)
- – Edit on the phone is with VSCO or the Lightroom mobile app
It looks like you are particularly interested in the music culture. Are there certain genres you prefer?
I was never a huge music guy, but I was able to get into it more through some friends! I’ll always have a soft spot for Indie Rock and Alternative, but I have gotten more into the Rap, RnB scene (more so than just the music, the culture and the community behind them as well)
From 1 to 10, how would you rate the music scene in your city?
Realistically a 3.7 or something, I think that there is a solid foundation, but it’s still very much “underground” and underappreciated.
What do you think the issue is?
Smaller artists and bands will never thrive until they become mainstream, and they can never become mainstream until the scene makes some changes in Calgary. Luckily, there are people fighting to change that, but there is also a lot of people who tried to change it and have had it turn into a social club, and nothing has changed.
Why photography? Why not play in a band or something?
I was never musically talented, and I never had an interest in it growing up. I grew up playing sports, and that took up a majority of my time and efforts. Photography came along later on in my life, and I just picked it up and found a passion for it pretty quickly.
I would love to learn how to play maybe the guitar or keys one day. I’ve also dabbled with FL Studios a bit and would really like to learn how to produce!
Do you do any marketing?
I mainly use Instagram, but i also hate Instagram. It’s difficult to grow your following and have people genuinely appreciate the work you’re putting out there (same issue with any artist, musician or content creator in Calgary).
Right now I am taking a bit of a break and doing a lot of research and more creative projects and trying to work on some business related stuff for the future.
It’s hard to work full-time and have a hustle on the side. How do you manage to find time and energy for that?
It’s challenging, I struggle with depression and anxiety, and it can keep me away from creating, but I usually just end up with this burning passion and desire to create and to always push myself to be better, learn more, etc.
Did you have to remove certain distractions from your life to dedicate more time to photography?
I don’t, but I probably should. Sometimes I’ll miss going out with friends to go and shoot a concert, but I’ve never had to really put anything on the back burner (yet)!
Which artists inspire you?
So many! I’m always discovering new photographers and creatives, constantly taking inspiration from their work. Photographers like Sam Elkins, Matt Vogel, musicians like Sean Leon and Amine, I also love movies, guys like Wes Anderson, Tarantino etc. influence my work. I could list hundreds of people.
Do you ever plan on photography becoming your full-time job? Or do you have other ideas in mind?
I would love to try and improve my concert photography, and I think that going on tour with some artists would be a really cool experience. My big idea is to try and change the way Calgary looks at the art scene. I would love to launch a creative studio, and work not only with bigger companies but also small and local companies and artists.
Moreover, it would’ve been sweet also to have a co-working space founded on the idea of collaboration and community (try and get rid of the dog eat dog world we’re struggling with). I could talk for hours on this, but it’s probably best to keep working on it and show it off when it’s all said and done.
What keeps you motivated to stay up late editing when you have to work the next morning?
I have troubles sleeping so I usually stay up anyways, but I get into zones where I don’t want to stop until I create something that I am proud of. I love challenging myself and learning new things so I can get lost for hours in my own work!
Would you like to end this with a few words of inspiration for upcoming artists?
Always keep creating and pushing the limits, continually be yourself and reach out for collaborations, If we all do that, then we can make a positive change in the way that art and music are appreciated.
Is there a way for people to get in touch with you or check out your work?
Sure! I am on Instagram @carson_gron, and you can always reach me via a DM 🙂
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