We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Land and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
“Never give up!” & “Nothing is ever easy” has been impressed upon me at a young age, from my grandparents. Short story explaining that; in my Gpa’s workshop he had a cartoon “Never Give Up” of a frog being swallowed by a heron, but the frog is choking the heron. As for “Nothing is ever easy”, my Gma has it embroidered hanging in their home. Family motto or curse, I haven’t decided. Along the way I have also learned that adaptation is also necessary in line with perseverance. While I am not at a level I will claim victory, I can say I have won a lot of battles. If it means something to you, if you love what you are doing, do not ever give up. Like Bruce Lee said “Be water”. You will find a way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m all over the place with my craft as a photographer. I have just about covered it all, from babies, to 1-off custom atvs, to tattoos, to live shows. The thing that sets me apart would be my ability to capture the moment and convey a story in each image I create. I have over the years fallen back to my classical training and schooling of black and white imagery, unless something really speaks to me in color. I do my best to capture emotion or an image that will evoke it in my viewer. I am also not a photographer that sprays & prays (continuous, rapid fire shooting) Every click of my shutter is intentional, so I am more of a sniper than a machine gunner. I have been on this journey for many years, I really wish I had taken risks when life was much more simple. I am a father of 6, 3 I am biologically responsible for but fully responsible for 6. Making moves and rolling the dice is a bit trickier for me. So no it is not, and had not been easy. Sacrifices and a lot of hard work comes into play. You have to be true to yourself, and maintain a balance at some point. Self-care is necessary or you will burn yourself out and end up hating what you are doing. L Squared Photos once merely stood for last names as I took on a partner at one point. Now it has multiple meanings but stands for LOVE LIFE. Whether it’s a serene landscape or a live show its all about love and living life. We are only here for a short time and the moments I capture will last lifetimes.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmm a week with my out of town best friend. There would be a lot of hiking through our metro parks here in the area. Definitely go check out what’s on display at Akron Art Space. Go down to Lock4 and show them our amazing new mural that was just done this year. Grab some Swensons and a DiBella’s sub for lunch maybe Continental Cuisine or Big Eye Sushi for dinner. Tuesday we would go hang out at BluJazz+ for Bluesday Tuesday have some cocktails and enjoy the local musicians jam away. Would take a few roadtrips to some of my other favorite spots for art, nature and music. Shoot some pool at The Basement Sports Bar and get some of their amazing double grilled hot garlic wings. I’m a foodie so a lot would be based off of our next meal a gyro from Old World Deli, or Haninis would be in there somewhere. On our way to or from Columbia Beach Falls (a waterfall spills directly into Lake Erie), we would stop in for an Salvadorian lunch from Pupuseria La bendicion and order Pupusa. Another trip would be to head up to the Geneva area and hop from the wineries to a Bourbon distillery The Red Eagle then head up to hang with my fellow artist and friend Chris Raab in Ashtabula catch a sunset on the lake then grab dinner from Briquette’s. Other evenings I would do my usual duty and prepare a meal for dinner for us, being the cook of the house. We would have to find a show at Jilly’s Music Room to go to, as well. Friday nite, find our way down to enjoy a set of the amazing Dj Lolo at Geravasi vineyards. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow so many to think of. Let me start with my Family. I have the most amazing support system in the world. Grandparents teaching me to work hard and Never give up. My wife Amy, for supporting and dealing with my long hours away from home at times. My younger brother inspires me in his own construction business and his craftsmanship. My brothas from otha mothas Steven and DeLandis, whom we are building a Music Collective that can change many lives called Thee Roundtable. The amazing LOLO Laura Lenke for inspiring, and supporting me. DJ Cadence Michelle Dangerfield for her encouragement and support. Last but not least GOD, for giving me the strength needed to continue on in everything I do.