Tell about yourself, your background?
My name is Luke Felix-Rose, and I grew up on the East End of Long Island. I was surrounded by wealthy people, and beautiful lifestyles, although none of it was ever mine. I was raised by a single parent in a two bedroom house. My appreciation for my humble beginnings made me interested in the abandon buildings around my island. As I grew, it became more about the thrill of the adventure, and appreciation for the abandon aesthetic.
What was the drive for you to become a creative director/artist?
Much like these buildings, there were people around me who could not see their innate beauty. In high school I would convince my friends to let me take photos and videos of them, and each one was surprised at how good they looked every time! That’s when I realized I had a talent for portraiture and human photography. I have so many different aesthetics and editing styles, but that’s what makes me successful as a creative: versatility.
What are some words of wisdom you’d like to share with people in the world?
For anyone, but creatives especially – let go of the expectation. There’s always a vision, from a client, a friend, from yourself. Try your best to complete the vision, but let yourself flow with it the best you can. Learn to be at peace with whatever you create, and you’ll find that the art often creates itself.
What are some struggles you went through to be where you are now?
My biggest struggle was networking, even though I’m relentlessly outgoing. Connections are made, but it’s never enough to introduce yourself, you have to follow up, and keep checking in. Being a professional in a creative industry is like maintaining a thousand friendships on top of a 40-hour weekly work load.
What is a major impact you’d like to make in the world?
I want to use my work to bring awareness to environmental concerns, and document the planet for scientific purposes. None of our societal issues matter if we don’t have a planet to experience them on.
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