I am excited about presenting yet another addition to our Photography Life family – please welcome Charles Hildreth! Charles is an amazing portrait photographer, who is coming back to Denver after spending the last several years working in Hollywood, California. I found out about Charles through my wife Lola, who showed me some stunning work by Charles on his 500px account (which happens to be one of the top). We will be closely working with Charles on some projects in the future right here at PL, so please give him a warm welcome!
I asked Charles to write a short bio about himself and here is what he sent me:
My name is Charles Hildreth. I’m a portrait photographer born and raised in Colorado.
I love exploring natural light.
For me, portraiture work is about the connection a photographer has with the world. It is less about the camera or any lighting source, but precisely on what he/she is influenced by. Everything in a photographer’s life cultivates into a vision enhanced by gear that feels comfortable. There is no right or wrong in a photographic journey, nor is there in art. It just is.
I majored in Journalism and News Editorial at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I put a strong emphasis on writing. My childhood consisted of a fascination with Hollywood heroes like Indiana Jones and an appreciation for Arthurian romanticism.
In 2006, I took a 90-day, 16-country tour of Europe where I explored as many big and small art museums as I could. It enriched the understanding I once had of world culture, opened my eyes to new cuisine, artists, and put my degree in perspective as far as objectivity was concerned. My portraiture work is a combination of any of these elements, mixed with an observation of humankind and an internal struggle for self-confidence in an opinionated world.
If I could one day fit in among other artists as a storyteller, I think it would be a better fit than photographer, but for now, this is the one medium where I can explore this desire to produce art. I have never wanted to pigeon-hole myself into one particular craft.