Guest Post – Thomas James Kozik

This week we’re featuring Thomas James Kozic of Kozik Photography. You can find him on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/kozikphotography/

Dallas
How long have you been a designer/photographer/illustrator/artist, what got you started?
Thomas
I have been doing photography seriously for about four years now. Although I have been doing it on and off for a long time before that. I suppose everybody has one way or another, simply using a parents camera. That was what got me interested in photography. The wonder of being able to capture a moment infinitely in time. In high school I had an art teacher whom inspired me to pursue the arts further. Initially I thought of nursing as my end goal. Yet in nursing I found I was experiencing to much death and pain. I loved being there to help someone but I wanted to create life. Art I have found is one way to breathe life into something cold and plain.
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Dallas
What was your first creative memory?
Thomas
My first creative memory in regard to photography was with my Grandmother. She was showing me old photos she had. I suddenly found myself thinking of how I could make the image look better.
Dallas
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do when not working?
Thomas
Photography is my hobby and what I hope to make a full time job; I suppose in that aspect I was blessed. Although I do enjoy: reading, games, and spending time with my family (pets included).
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Dallas
What do you wish you would have known earlier in your career that you know now?
Thomas
I wish I would have known and appreciated more the difficulty of going into the business. Since it seems everyone and their dog want’s to be a photographer.
Dallas
What is your approach to design/photography/illustration/artistry?
Thomas
My approach is to help others see how I see them. Some people say it is my jaded view of things, but I like to these best in everybody. I look for the aspect that makes someone truly beautiful, Through my photography I hope to capture and share it.
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kozikphotographyHad an awesome time getting to watch Hailey Knox she is an amazing singer songwriter with some beautiful vocals! #haileyknox #bwphotography #portraiture #bwportrait #clearlinklounge #musician #risingstar #guitarist #singer
Dallas
How would you describe your work and influences?
Thomas
My work is personal to the client; I will do different techniques for every client. This can vary in setting from a city to a hill filled with shrubs. I am inspired three major people: Sebastio Salgado, Vivian Maer, and Dorthea Lange.

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Guest Post – Marci Zwygart

Our guest post this week comes to us from Marci Zwygart, whom’s currently working on getting a site up (will update when available). Marci and I share a past experience of working at the local newspaper The Richfield Reaper.

Dallas
How long have you been a designer/photographer/illustrator/artist, what got you started?
Marci
I have been an artist since I was 12 years old but I have actually been an illustrator getting paid for many years. I worked at the Reaper doing ads for 2 years. At the college with Mr. Puzey at Snow College South teaching screen printing, Adobe Illustrator, and airbrushing. I also was a sub for all the classes if he was gone. I have taken so many art classes, I can’t go to school there any longer without paying for it all myself. I also have a graphic design certificate from Dixie College that I received in 1996.

I have always been creative. I used to look at a painting of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane every Sunday as a child then young adult. It was painted by Peggy Curtis, a woman in my home town. It was gorgeous. I wanted to be able to paint like she did.

I have worked at e-desk. I have taken some time off lately for health reasons but want to get back in the swing of things.

Dallas
What was your first creative memory?
Marci
My first creative memory was picking up my pencil and drawing stick figures in books…not the best place to draw.
Dallas
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do when not working?
Marci
I love to ride my horse and garden.
Dallas
What do you wish you would have known earlier in your career that you know now?
Marci
Believe that I can do anything I want to with passion and persistence!
Dallas
What is your approach to design/photography/illustration/artistry?
Marci
I see art in everything that I look at. Even in textures in walls, I see faces, design.
I love color, texture, the feel of fabric, the feel of fall leaves. I am very textile oriented but I love smells as well. I love to create the whole picture. Using not only the five senses but the sixth as well. Sight, sound, smell, taste, touch and that which we know but cannot see, etc.
Dallas
How would you describe your work and influences?
Marci
Definitely my teachers, two of the best were Mr. Nelson and Mr. Puzey at the college in Richfield. It changed names so many time but you know the one I mean. SVT or Snow College Richfield as it is now known, I think. ( I am scratching my head in thought.) The world around me and my religion is a big influence too.

Thanks for visiting and learning a bit about Marci! Our next guest post comes from Thomas Kozik of Kozik Photography!

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Guest Post – Meri Lowry

Our guest post this week comes to us from Meri Lowry of Meri’s art. Meri loves to draw, paint and make things that she sells through her Page.

Dallas
How long have you been a designer/photographer/illustrator/artist, what got you started?
Meri
I’ve been sketching since I was 10. Love to sketch. Just recently started painting. I like to sketch and paint . It’s fun.
Dallas
What was your first creative memory?
Meri
My first real sketch was a horse rearing up. It took my bout 4 days. I was still in high school at the time.
Dallas
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do when not working?
Meri
My hobbies: would be being outdoors.
Dallas
What do you wish you would have known earlier in your career that you know now?
Meri
My art skills. I’m still trying to get them out in the world. I’m new to the scene.
Dallas
How would you describe your work and influences?
Meri
Completely different. I took art in high school, and none in college. I live to to mash things together.


Thanks for visiting and learning a bit about Meri and Meri’s Art! Tune in next week for a post from Marci Zwygart

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Guest Post – Dallas Price (myself)

We’ve got a few guest post submissions but, I thought maybe I’d kick off the first week so that I could answer my own questions, and figure out formatting and whatnot before we get going on the guest submissions.

I’m hoping that we can get the guest posts to be a regular weekly highlight of another designer, their work and their passions. What makes them tick and what not. So I might be adding or modifying these questions a bit depending on what seems to get good responses and what people like reading.

Dallas
How long have you been a designer/photographer/illustrator/artist, what got you started?
Dallas
I’ve been a graphic designer for approximately 4 years but, it started before that with random little projects and things.
Dallas
What was your first creative memory?
Dallas
uhm … it’s difficult to nail down a “first” creative memory. Kids grow up expressing themselves through their little doodles and such but, I guess the first time I really got excited about art and design in general was in a high school multimedia class. We’d make all sorts of little things … from web pages to 3d rendered video clips … It was just really exciting and cool.
Dallas
Do you have any hobbies? What do you do when not working?
Dallas
I play video games mostly … which is like … the least productive thing in the world I think … and I lose myself for hours playing.
Dallas
What do you wish you would have known earlier in your career that you know now?
Dallas
That design and design work has value. Value beyond even monetary compensation. You can really make a statement … influence a person or population, with little more than type and a few colors.
Dallas
What is your approach to design/photography/illustration/artistry?
Dallas
Of course I vary a bit, as does everyone but, I’d say that most of my best work is very minimalistic. I try to communicate with nothing more than an image, and some words.
Dallas
How would you describe your work and influences?
Dallas
I could probably go on for days about this and I’ve highlighted things that I’ve read and seen here on the blog in the past but, some things always stand out … like Write the story, take out all the good lines, and see if it still works. Ernest Hemingway. Sometimes ideas start with something I’ve seen recently, or sometimes it’s something that sits on the boilerplate for days before a design starts to emerge. I just try to always be on the lookout for things … things that work as well as things that don’t.

Thanks for sitting with me for my own guest post … To me it seems a bit crazy … like Schizo or something but like I said I wasn’t sure how to start. Tune in next week for a post from Meri Lowry of Meri’s Art.

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