We were lucky to catch up with Doji Fox recently and have shared our conversation below.
Alright, Doji thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. How did you learn to do what you do? Knowing what you know now, what could you have done to speed up your learning process? What skills do you think were most essential? What obstacles stood in the way of learning more?
What I do today is actually a combination of two different interests I’ve pursued throughout my life. The first was photography, I learned as a teenager shooting with film and developing images in the dark room, mostly taking pictures of my friends skateboarding. Later in life I moved to fashion photography, product photography, wedding photography, portrait photography and event photography.
In the end I found that i wasn’t happy shooting what other people wanted to see. I wanted to shoot my own vision and have a final image that represented my true artistic passion.
I was also a graphic designer, I owned 2 different clothing lines and did all my own graphics. I started out using Stock vector designs, learning to adjust them to my needs.
Eventually I learned how to do full graphics on my own.
Once my photography starting evolving into the fantasy style of work I do a lot of, I started using my digital graphics to enhance my photographic work. I wanted images that swayed in between reality and imagination. Only with computer generated images could I really take my photography to the level I desired.
My passion for art is what drove me to be constantly hungry for knowledge.
I felt for the longest time that I lacked the skill to create an image that I truly envisioned. I constantly studied other work, other photographers and watched endless workshops. I’m not sure I could have sped up this process because it was kind of an evolution over time, I never knew that this is what i would be doing one day. My only obstacles that stood in my way was my own procrastination and laziness.
Doji, 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?
Where I am today is a life long evolution of my interests and passions. Currently I focus only on selling prints of my work. My type of art is not the most popular style, but it is what I enjoy doing the most. I’m proud of how far I have come over the years, it’s funny looking back at work I used to be so proud of, I kind of cringe looking at some it now. What I want the most is too make emotional connections to other peoples dreams and fantasies through my art. Freddy Fox photography is my the photographic side of what I do, but I have started to separate my Fine art projects into my other business as Doji Fox.
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 think NFT’s are an incredible thing on so many different levels. I believe we are only scratching the surface of where they will take us one day. It’s amazing that so many new people are now excited about owning art. The fact that it is so easy to prove who owns the original and that it is 100% verifiable as the original because of it being a non-fungible token. You can also track the entire history of the art. It is an exciting time we live in today. I really hope this breaths new life into the art world, it seems like it’s going that way.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect of being an artist for me, is witnessing my personal growth and the journey I took to get where I am today. Some get where they are going quickly, for me it was a life journey.