We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexander Newton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexander, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
In the beginning work life was easy because I was doing photography for my own purposes, and no one cared about what I was creating; it was just me experimenting. It was easier to plan a creative shoot and do it on the weekend and do my day job. But over time people gradually took notice and that was the start of my commercial life. That is when I started consistent commercial jobs and that would’ve been on my own free time.
I don’t really think about the balance much, I just focus on creating consistently. But recently I have been thinking about it. As I’ve gotten older, I’m starting to realize that you need time to recharge, and you need to maintain relationships with your friends.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I really like fashion and editorial photography. I admire Harper’s Bazaar, and always wanted to be that person that finds beauty in the mundane, that is a set goal for me. Also, a lot of my work is rooted in female sensuality, and you will always see it in my photographs.
I’m most proud of having people who believe in my vision and working with them.
I overcame challenges through collaborative projects and networking. It was certainly challenging, but I just knew that I wanted to learn, so I chose to embrace all the hardships that came, and keep coming, along the way.
I’ve learned to be more communicative.
I want the world to know, that I am an example of someone who though having had a later start at a creative practice, through consistent hard work and a desire to improve and excel, I was able to achieve things that I never thought possible for myself. Even if you feel like you don’t have a creative skill or background, but you want to learn or try something, just do it. You never know where the endeavour might lead you.
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 take them to Bliss Café, Aeon Bar & Grill, which is great for anyone who’s into anime, comic books or pop culture. Also I’d take them along on shoots with me; I get to work at a lot of fun events like open mics, fashion shows, even some corporate events. I also like to be out in nature so I’d take them to some of my favourite spots too.
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?
I want to say Alyssa Goddard, Rei Pro Army, Candis Birch, Warren Linton, Akira Joseph, Ashleigh Williams, Justin Went and Carla Gittens. Without them I would have succumbed to the very familiar lack of self-confidence that most creatives have staring out that usually breaks them before they even get started. They’re a strong unwavering support system.