We had the good fortune of connecting with Justin Bingham and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Justin, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born and raised in the DFW metroplex, mostly in Richardson. Fortunately, as I went through the RISD I was constantly around people from all walks of life, cultures, and backgrounds, and these circumstances introduced me to a lot of different ideas, thought processes, forms of media, styles within media and so much more. My parents also were an extreme influence on me of course. My dad is one of the coolest nerds you’ll ever meet – he is the reason that I have such an analytical mind, but he was also the first to show me how truly beautiful music and film could be – and I couldn’t thank him enough for that. My mother is an absolute sweetheart – a social butterfly, who loves unconditionally and endlessly gives of herself – and for that she’ll always have a special place in my heart. I think my area in conjuction with my amazing parents (and my family in general) have groomed me into someone who is eclectic, inquisitive, and focused.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started shooting back in high school when I was about 15. As simple as it sounds, I fell in love with the idea that you could create or capture an image that intrigued another human – that fascinated my young mind. I just wanted to take pictures that looked cool, and as time progressed I wanted to take pictures that looked cool-ER. It wasn’t until about 2019 though that I began to really put thought, and planning, and my heart into my work. Studying my favorite photographers like Gregory Crewdson, and filmmakers like P.T. Anderson (among others) made me realize that the message and motive behind your work are intrinsically linked to the visual product. This realization was an artistic awakening for me because my approach changed from “how do I make this person and this background look appealing?” to “How do I accurately and beautifully portray the essence of the subject/topic that I am going to be shooting?”. As you can imagine, this made my creative process a lot more time-consuming and increased my workflow overall, but it was undoubtedly a change for the best. As a result, my technical skills have improved, and my creative abilities have expanded making me a better artist than I was before. Going forward, I’m focused on continuing to refine and hone my craft, so that I can offer the world more and more of my detail-oriented and slightly surrealistic perspective. In addition to my photography, I also have plans to do more styling, consulting, and creative direction alongside some really good people… so it’s safe to say that I’m excited to continue my creative journey.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A downtown day trip is a must! The DMA is always home to great art and inspiration, so I definitely wouldn’t leave it out of any plans of mine. Shopping is essential too, so Human Dior and Traffic at The Joule are next up on the list… both are amazing stores that are home to many many good memories of mine. I have a tiny bit of a fried rice addiction, so Sushiya on Elm St. is constantly in my restaurant rotation, and the ambiance is really nice as well, so I love taking friends there. When it comes to nighttime activities, you can’t go wrong with grabbing a drink or two from one of three outstanding bars: Standard Pour, Waterproof (The Statler), or The Midnight Rambler. Last but certainly not least, Tru Kitchen and Kocktails is a jewel of a brunch spot and I strongly recommend the chicken and waffles!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I honestly want to thank everyone who helps me to stay on the path that I am on! I thoroughly grateful for my friends and family who consistenly show unconditional and unfailing love. They’re extremely patient with me and my sometimes hectic schedule and that doesn’t go unnoticed. I also want to express my gratitude for my amazing mentors! They go out of their way to pass on vital game and valuable knowledge because they want to see me succeed, and that honestly means the world to me!
Sebastian Arcos – Photographer