We had the good fortune of connecting with Clifford Robinson II and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clifford, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The first thing I can think of is being selfless and of service to others. With half of the work I create, I am assisting others in their creative endeavors. Team work and collaboration requires certain skills like active listening, comprehension, and adaptability. Another thing that comes to mind is genuine character. The success one experiences can very in different field; financially, progression, attention garnered, etc. To be genuine gets you farther than anything else. Being true to who you are is the key.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
So I deem my main field art as photography, I took two years off while I worked and attended graduate school. This spring I graduated and hit the ground crawling to get back into the rhythm of the craft. I have narrowed down my photography genre to candid and architecture, but I am unafraid of venturing into other realms. I have currently been taking a stab at portrait photography. Being self taught and using this as a hobby, I am really learning things on the fly. I believe one thing that can be identifiable from my work is the amount of care put into the process. From the initial photo being captured to the point of sharing with the world. I am meticulous with how I take the photo, edit, and so on. I have been working on consistency with my work. Living in a pandemic world has halted the way, where, and what that I was used to shooting. Being able to adjust has been the new learning curve. I am still very early in my path, so I feel as though the lessons to learn will be on the come up. I strive for my photography to evoke emotion and be perceived as genuine as possible. the real is what kaleidoscope spots is about.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In a world where we arent in a Panasonic, for a week we would hit so many places. Menil Collection to Fat Boa. Then we would chill at Herman Park. Next day we getting breakfast at the Breakfast Klub to go so we can get Juice Easy beverages and Sonyola Granola from Juice Easy in Third Ward. The rest of the week we would do the corny city tour shit. Hit Main Street and Midtown for the night life. Get food from Lola’s Diner and Papadeaux’s. All the gems.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Maaaaan Big Big BIG shoutout to my family first and foremost. They are the support system that helped keep me going. I can talk to them about a range of topics that arent related to what I do which is nice and keeps me evolving on a human level. Then theirs my boys from college. I kept a really close knit group of friends who are diverse yet like minded. We all want different paths but share a common goal. I cant forget my digital network. The twitter families and the clubhouse family. big ups to yall. I have a few other people from the architecture side. April Ward and David Guthrie