We had the good fortune of connecting with Omar Duran and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Omar, why did you pursue a creative career?
I wouldn’t call it my career just yet, But I chose to pursue photography because it just always had my attention. I just love how cameras work. Something about the shutter sound just calms me down. It’s my main hobby.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Honestly, I’m just taking this day by day. I’m just excited to be doing something like this. Im excited to what God has planned for me. Being a photographer hasn’t been easy. It’s very difficult to capture certain moments when you’re shy. But it really has gotten me out of my comfort zone. I’ve met a lot of great people because of it. But I want to the world to know that I’m just getting started. It’s only been a year in this journey but I’ve accomplished so many goals.
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?
I would definitely take them to Funkysoulistic Sunday at Rabbits got the gun! That’s where Chicano Boulevard throws their event once a month. The whole Houston lowrider community comes out for some good music, food and drinks. It’s always a good time there. I would also take them to grab some Texas BBQ for sure! Also depending on the season, CRAWFISH. Honestly I would just take them to a bunch of food spots haha.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Man, where do I even start!? Haha. Well fist and foremost God, without him I wouldn’t be where I’m at today. I’ve been praying for him to lead me to the right path and people and so far I believe my prayers are working. Huge shout out to my wife, she’s been my number 1 supporter since I started this journey, always encouraging me and having my back. Next would be the homies from Chicano Boulevard, they’ve always welcomed me with open arms at all of their events. Most of my photographs are from their kickbacks. Huge shout out to my good friends Pat and Gio, who are also photographers. I’ve learned a lot from them throughout this journey. We went from attending events to actually hosting our very first lowrider meet. They’ve definitely been a huge help. And also shout out to the guys from Boyz en el barrio, if it wasn’t for them then I wouldn’t of even started all of this. And finally a huge shout out to the whole Houston lowrider community. They have always been friendly and supportive of my work.