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Bleeding life

Photo courtesy of Bleeding Photography.For the visionly impaired

In a world where image is everything, photographer Brian Graham expresses himself through images of life with his own design company Bleeding Artist Photography.

Graham is a designer, artist and photographer here in Sacramento, who says he uses life as inspiration for his work.

Graham, a former City College student, has been in the photography field for over 20 years and launched Bleeding Artist Photography 13 years ago.

“Before you paint…you gotta bleed,” is Graham’s motto.

“You have to work at it, struggle with it, suffer through the learning process and be vulnerable to critique,” Graham says.

Graham says he believes that to be an artist of any kind, one must learn from life’s experiences.

“You need to have experience in life that give you something to say through art,” Graham says. “It’s not easy and it’s not supposed to be.”

Graham was formally a student a City College where he studied photography and graphic communication. While attending, Graham took photography classes and was also teacher’s assistant and tutor for graphic communication professors Donald Button and Thomas Capaletti.

“Graham was a great student,” says Capaletti of his former student.“He was one of the talented ones and he had a passion for design.”

Graham says he is an instinctual photographer.

“I tend to have a clear general concept in mind, but the details usually happen once the shootings starts,” says Graham.
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A technique of Graham’s is to take a beautiful girl and places her in an ugly setting to give the balance of a real situation, he says.

“My favorite type of photo include those that have something beautiful in the least expected places,” Graham says. “I am fascinated with the concept of shooting glamour shots in a less-than-glamorous setting.”

Graham says he like when models bring their own ideas to the table.

“I would rather hear, ‘how about if I do this or that,’ rather than ‘what do you want me to do now?” he says.

Graham takes a regular photo and makes it his artistic canvas, he says, while creating a different style of art through his photography.

For the past three years, Graham’s specialized in digital photo editing-manipulation. Although he is self-employed, Graham says he currently works almost exclusively for one client, and additionally does one to three photo shoots a month to continue to build his photography portfolio.

Graham says he plans on returning to City College in the spring of 2013 to complete his A.S. in graphic design and his A.A. in photography.

Graham’s current passion in design is based on digital editing and photography and says he is working on opening his own design studio and learning center in Sacramento where he can teach photography.

His life’s experiences have taught Graham much, he says, and he will keep moving forward in his career.

Capaletti says Graham’s approach is key.

“There is only one way to do it,” says Capaletti. “Dive in.”

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