We had the good fortune of connecting with Bertram Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bertram, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
Difficult takes a day, Impossible takes a week – Jay-Z This has been my mantra for years. It speaks to perseverance and the “no quit attitude” that I go about in life. I become obsessed with certain things — rather it was tweaking for photographic style, learning how to style a shoot correctly to my obsession with sneakers. It’s trying to reverse engineer anything I’m interested in, make it my own, and improve my skillet. By thinking this way, nothing is impossible. It’s all a matter of time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There is a theme about my creativity which is “work in progress”. That is the overarching thought process of everything I try to tackle. That’s how I’ve continually achieved certain things in this field is understanding that my best today — may not be my best tomorrow. It shouldn’t be. Also, success isn’t a straight line. My best today could very well be my best for two weeks until I figure out a way to improve. I keep my head in the clouds dreaming but still understanding where the ground is. It’s a conflict of ideals but it works for me. Nothing is easy. My father would always tell me “if it’s easy then everyone would do it.” There are times where I hung my camera up for a certain amount of time because I need that break. I came back refreshed. THe beginning of the year, I took a month off and after the murder of George Floyd I took some time off. It felt shallow of me to work on any art that wasn’t advancing the movement — I didn’t want to be white noise in the face of change. I’m proud of the fact that in my 3 years since returning to photography I have been published 5 times. That was something that I didn’t see on the horizon. I’ve been able to grow my Instagram following without a major co-sign or buying followers. I’m not overly concerned with the number of people seeing my work. I just want the people who see my work to appreciate it. My brand is rooted in hip hop. I want to bring those types of vibes to my ballet photoshoots. You can see it in my captions. That’s something I’m building on now. I’m an avid music lover and I often approach shoots trying to view things differently as Pharrell would. There are a few future projects that I’m working on that will push that vision more to the forefront.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Nothing I accomplish would be possible without my wife Leaeryn and my daughter Mila. They are my inspiration and motivation. I think of them often as I see the subtle beauty in life because of them. They make me slow down and be appreciative and grateful for everything that has happened. My life changed when my daughter was born. Being a #girldad makes reflect on how you treat women and how you would want your daughter to be treated. Your priorities shift, conversations are different. Your goal becomes to make sure she helps to make the world a better place.
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