We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Clifton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brandon, why did you pursue a creative career?
I was so curious about how other industries work, what different cultures were like and all the unexplored opportunities out there, that I felt it was a disservice to myself to not explore or take that leap of faith. Photography gave me an excuse to travel, meet new people, etc. The more I photographed, the more I felt I was learning.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I stay busy with personal projects and emailing tons of potential clients for future work. If I were climbing a rope that represented success in terms of photography, I feel like I’d barley be off the ground. However, others might view me much higher on the rope. Success is subjective much like art. What matters is that you enjoy creating your art. I’ve learned not to take life so seriously and enjoy the seasons we’re in now. Life is a gift.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Bone Garden Cantina. Best Mexican food ever! If you’re a tourist, you’ve got to visit World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, and the High Museum of Art. Edgewood has some cool places to hang out/eat. Ponce City Market would be the place to shop. And lastly, you’ve got to enjoy the many beautiful parks Atlanta has to offer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are tons of people/books that have inspired me in terms of my photography. Annie Leibovitz and her books were one. Joey L and his documentation of his personal projects was another. Pete Souza’s work photographing the presidency of Obama… incredible! Photography mentors, friends and family have all had a major role in my life for the continuation of my passions, but most importantly God and my relationship with him is what keeps me going.
Ivanka Trump, Brian Kemp, Amelia Sanders, Cintya Lopez, Bill Anderson, Salt Models, © Brandon Clifton Photography