Brent Hearn, a 26 year old Norfolk bred photographer, has been around the world and back again. While most of us find security in our traditional nine to five lifestyles, this young photographer is living life through a different lens. He takes pride in capturing every adventure of his life journey and baring it all to the world. We all admire and watch in awe those who live fearlessly and make their dreams a reality. The P40 Network recently had an opportunity to interview Hearn to discuss his dreams, influences, and experiences on his journey to success.
P40: How did you discover photography, and what drew you to it?
Hearn: I excelled in photography in school and had an ability to describe things well. It helped that photography was the only subject I actually enjoyed.
P40: What inspires you?
Hearn: I’ve been blessed with opportunities to embrace life from different perspectives. Traveling has really been an inspiration to me lately. Getting away from my normal surroundings has introduced new experiences. Experiences are like camera lenses – the more you have, the better you see. A greater understanding of my subjects and life in general comes with that. Inspiration for my work doesn’t come from one single event. It’s all the events, all the experiences, all the memories… the good times just as much as hardships.
P40: What was your favorite location shoot?
Hearn: There’s a location that I can’t share; it’s a personal place my best friend showed me that overlooks the horizon. When placed at the right spot, the subject looks like he/she is hovering in front of the ocean.
P40: What was your most memorable photoshoot and why?
Hearn: It’s difficult to narrow a specific shoot down so I’ll go with the most recent. I was in Spain filming drone shots for the homecoming of a local professional futbol (soccer) team, and I was preparing to land several feet away from myself. A group of young children no older than 10 followed the drone above them; they were elated and couldn’t control their excitement. I always look for parents when filming or flying (if children become present) to make sure everything is okay. The parents were in awe and just as joyful as their children. I think this happens so rarely back in the States (when flying drone) that it was enjoyable to spark interest and happiness in people instead of nervousness or fear. While this went on, a group of police came up and attempted to take my drone / issue violations, et cetera. The parents of the children came to defend me and argued with the police until they decided to let my drone and me go. I’ll never forget the reactions of the officers after being scolded by parents and children. That was priceless! The happiness instilled by my work actually protected me, and I am grateful for those parents and kids for that experience.
P40: What advice would you give to aspiring photographers?
Hearn: Don’t compare yourself to others. Progress comes at its own rate and cannot be determined by the work of anyone else.
P40: What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
Hearn: I’d like my viewers to be affected by my work regardless of positive or negative outcome. I think the worst reaction I’ve received is no reaction at all. I shoot photos and videos because it makes me feel alive. If I can’t transfer that feeling, then I’ve failed to do my job.
P40: What are some of the difficulties you have faced in this industry?
Hearn: I find it difficult to be financially stable while shooting what I really enjoy. This is a “money or my soul, but I can’t obtain both” type of deal. It’s a struggle right now, but I know that’ll change with time.
P40: Who are your favorite photographers and/or artists?
Hearn: A lot of my inspiration comes from painters and musicians. My friend Aaron Simmerson is one of my biggest inspirations. He taught me to use lots of color no matter how crazy, not to be afraid of what others think, and never stop. He also instilled in me to always work, always connect, and always be humble.
P40: What effect do you want your work to have on the world?
Hearn: There’s that moment when I discover something new and it makes me feel a certain way. The moment of realization brings an undeniable feeling, the coveted ‘AHA’ moment. Realization is a universal feeling that marks a moment which cannot be undone. I want my work to impact and be understood by all individuals regardless of language, race, and origin. In my opinion, creating for the purpose of unification rather than separation is less common now and in more demand than ever before.
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Edited by Priyanka Das