We still remember the day Josh Farria (one of our favorite photographers) began to follow us on tumblr // Total // Hysteria. We follow his work since the beginning of Curly Essence (2 years ago) and love the atmosphere that he can transmit through of his photographs and the BEAUTIFUL women he decides to shoot.
So it was more than obvious that we would love to have him here.
Curly Essence: Tell us your journey as an artist (how it all began).
Josh Farria: Well there was a series of events that lead up to me moving to California in 2005. I’m originally from New Orleans, LA. During high school and up to early 20’s I worked a bunch retail jobs. In 2008 I decided to go to art school in San Francisco. I had never really been to college so it was all new. The school wouldn’t give me a major, so I enrolled for general ed classes. After a year or so I dropped out. During this period I discovered photography through a friend of mine. Who was also an aspiring artist. That’s when I starting taking photos, I was 24.
How would you like to see your career in five years?
I really just want to learn photography honestly. At this point I’m just a student. Everyday I’m soaking in as much as I can.
As an artist what inspires you every day? What makes you move?
Life is what inspires me most. Planet Earth is a beautiful place. I’m just blessed to be able to experience all of this. We all are, it’s important that we keep that in mind.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
Everywhere. People inspire me the most. As well as music, fashion, design, food, science. Pretty much anything that I connect with or take interest in. Right now I’m listening to a lot of Herbie Hancock and Bobbi Humphrey.
Are you one of those photographers who think too much before click the button or are you more spontaneous?
I think I’m a little bit of both. I think most people who take photos would say the same.
Is there a muse behind your photos? Hmm… Let’s talk about Christina Santini
Not yet. There’s models that I’ve worked with overtime and have great relationships with. When I think of the term muse I think Peggy Moffitt or Jean Shrimpton. So we’ll see, that’s something that just happens naturally.
We see a lot of natural curly girls in your work. What’s your opinion on natural hair?
I think it’s beautiful. Everything is better in it’s natural form.
What advice would you give to aspiring talent who is working to establish themselves in the Photography Industry?
Well you have to pay attention to your intention. Be original and do your homework on the medium. That way your creating work that’s honest and has identity. Your work may spark an emotion or challenge critical thought. Either way the viewers are able to connect. Even if your still at the beginning stages. So just focus on what you want to say. Everything else will fall into place.