We had the good fortune of connecting with DEL GENO DURHAM and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DEL GENO, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
This quote rings so true with me. I could probably fill an Encyclopedia Britannica with all of the shots in my life I didn’t take for one reason or another. I’ve often said that if I could start my life all over again knowing what I know now, my life would look so different!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What may set me apart from other photographers, just a little, is that I learned from a LOT of trial and error. Since I didn’t have any training or tutoring, my learning curve required a ton of experimentation and then closely analyzing the results.
I guess what I want the world to know about my story as a photographer is that I mostly do it because I love it so. It’s the one thing in my life that makes me feel like me.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
(LOL) Well, I’m not that “out-going,” but I have enjoyed a handful of area restaurants like, The Rustic, The Original Marini’s Empanada House and El Tiempo, to name a few. Other than that, Hermann Park, Discovery Green and the Buffalo Bayou Cistern Park areas can be relaxing.
I’ve been meaning to checkout more of Houston, but I generally just shoot and head back home.
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?
Shoutout to my late father who responded, “Okay” to an out-of-the-blue and out of character request from me to take his camera and walk around Astroworld taking pictures. It was our families’ first trip to the theme park back in the late seventies and up until then, I had never even held a camera in my hands before. My dad wasn’t a photographer and the camera he had was a simple point & shoot Vivitar 110 film camera that he occasionally took family and vacation photos with. As I walked around that afternoon taking what I thought were going to be epic photos, later turned out to be some of the worst pictures ever produced by mankind. Okay, maybe they weren’t quite THAT bad. But they definitely didn’t look anything like the scenery I thought I was capturing that day and I wanted to know why. Thus, began my photography journey…one of the few things I WOULDN’T change.
Besides my dad, I’m pretty grateful to every single person who’s ever granted me the privilege of allowing me to photograph them.
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