We’re excited to introduce you to the always interesting and insightful Austin Hunt. We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Austin below.
Austin, thanks for taking the time to share your stories with us today Can you share a story about the kindest thing someone has done for you and why it mattered so much or was so meaningful to you?
I have this friend Grant, I met Grant when I was doing photography as my main area of focus. We quickly became friends, he was an up and coming producer who frequently posted his music going by the stage name “Medasin.” He started to play more shows and I wanted to photograph them. So naturally I just began to follow him since basically the beginning of his career till the pandemic happened, so we have been touring around the US, Canada, and part of Asia since 2016. Through these experiences of traveling and the nightlife scene, i gained new perspectives, I believe being able to travel and getting a better understanding for different peoples lifestyles, experiences, and cities you begin to become more humble in your experience and you learn something new which will enhance your experience as a human being, at least thats what it did for me! Thats why I think it’s the kindest thing anyone has done for me.
Austin, before we move on to more of these sorts of questions, can you take some time to bring our readers up to speed on you and what you do?
My name is Austin James Hunt, I’m a 25 year old artist, It all started when I got my first camera when I was 16, I had this experience where I was skateboarding with someone and they said I should get a camera, so I did. Photography was my everything, I just wanted to take photos of everything, until I figured out exactly how I wanted to speak through the frames. It started with taking photos of Dallas rappers, clothing lines, catalogs for interior design companies, weddings you know, the usual. Then I started going on tour with a musician friend of mine and a year before the pandemic started. I then found my next area of focus because the tours were slowing down and I was getting bored so I started painting .Through painting i’ve found a better way to communicate than I had with photography.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
I want to have my work in musueums, not just my paintings but my photographs, sculptures, whatever my brain comes up with!
We’d love to hear your thoughts on NFTs. (Note: this is for education/entertainment purposes only, readers should not construe this as advice)
I’m not really that into them, I appreciate the ideas of creative people potentially gaining more money for their work, but I mainly view a question like this as if i’m going to release an nft myself and to be honest I don’t want too. Ever since I started painting I realized I like tangible objects, they have permanence, even in our visual space. Yet, “nfts,” live in the digital landscape which has no object permanence to me so i think it serves no purpose.
Portrait of me: Roger Gallegos