59: Brad Armstrong

Categories: 100 Creatives
My inspiration wall is full of . . . Years ago it was iconic photographers, images and reading books by the masters. Now my wall is full of lists of things I need to be better at. Networking, using social media, getting my name out there, meeting people and when I have time do a spec shoot to build my portfolio with diverse images.

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Photo by Brad Armstrong
Clinica Adelante
I've learned the most from . . . Doing! Practice makes better. I'm self taught through making mistakes and learning from it. I've always been on my own. That's not by choice it just happened that way. I started my full-time professional career at 35 so people assumed I already new what I was doing. I wish. I had mentors, but this is a competitive profession so getting someone to teach you everything they know never happened for me.

Good work should always . . . Have content that has relevance to our experience on this planet. You can have all the filters and apps the digital age can offer but it always comes down to content -- a moment, feeling, mood, interaction. Even abstractions have to communicate something. For me an empty moments are visual failures.

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Photo by Brad Armstrong
Pater Pierre Vermon
The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . People like you. It seems the Valley's mainstream media couldn't care less about the arts. Newspapers even when things were good dedicated very little resources to the local art scene. Beyond things to do this weekend I rarely saw in-depth profiles on artists of any kind. I don't know, but maybe Valley residents don't care ether. People are focusing more on survival right now.

From my perspective the people who are creating the art in this Valley are as much a part of the historical record as the people and places they depict. There seems to be very little respect for the creators and or the arts in this Valley. I've been to two historical museums in the Valley and in both I found photographs that have no attribution to the photographers who created the work. Personally I want to know who these pioneering artists were. To me it's inexcusable.

The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips

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