We had the good fortune of connecting with Paulo Shishido and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paulo, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
First and foremost, don’t let the opinion of one person deter you from achieving your goals. There are many roads that lead us to where we want to arrive and someone else’s path may not necessarily cater to yours. Take things with a grain of salt, yet be open minded for constructive criticism. I have found being organized and creating a workflow definitely helps; especially when dealing with various/multiple gigs and large amounts of work. I recently revamped my creative area; create feel good energy with whatever you feel will drive you.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I feel what sets me apart from others is my knack for capturing a candid, sincere moment. The ones that get you the feels. What I’m most excited about is having the opportunity to travel; experiencing new cultures. The world has a lot to offer and I haven’t even scratched the surface (see what I did there?). How did I arrive to where I am creatively today? I feel my work is heavily influenced by the love for Hip Hop culture. Album and magazine covers such as The Source and XXL is something I was drawn to as a kid. My favorite album cover to date has to be Nas’ Illmatic. The photos inside the booklet by David Clinch and then the studio session shots by Lisa Leone make you feel like you were there, in that moment. That goes back to being able tocapture and document candid work. Photography isn’t the easiest craft to master, then again what is? Since it is very objective/subjective as many art forms are, you can be easily influenced in mimicking someone else’s style. Nowadays, photography has it’s challenges. Atop the list, especially with social media playing large role, are the likes and followers count. All that is great, but as long as YOU’RE content with your work and feel you’ve put your all into it, then that’s what matters. There is great content out in the world that doesn’t necessarily have the large following that it deserves. All in all, don’t worry about what the other person is doing. Sure we all have influences artists we look up to, but continue to progress and harness your craft. “One step at a time, once punch at a time, one round at a time”. What I’d want the world to know about myself and what 1005 Photography is about is that 1005 is my creative outlet and I’m the driving force behind it influenced by my son and Hip Hop. Hard work pays off, but you have to be willing to put in the work. Make moves only when your heart’s in it!
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?
A week in South Florida has to consist of roaming Little Havana/Calle Ocho/Hialeah/Overtown/Little Haiti etc. and experiencing the Cuban, South American and Caribbean cultures. I always feel a great way to experience cultures is through food. We have a variety of great home cooked spots to hit up. One of my favorites lately has been B&M Market in the Little River/El Portal neighborhoods of Little Haiti. The stew chicken is mouth watering! Key Biscayne for sunsets is one of my favorite spots. SoBe (South Beach)/Wynwood Art District are a given. Downtown/Brickell for day or night photography too. The Everglades is nice to explore to get in some nature and sightseeing; might meet a gator or 10. The Keys are only a few hours away and there are plenty of bars/restaurants and some of the best seafood you can you can stuff yourself with. I’ll always recommend walking all these areas. It’s the best way to experience new places.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I need to definitely recognize and praise my son, Luca. Sounds cliche, but he has definitely given me the inspiration I was seeking to fill a void I was searching for. Hopefully he’ll look back one day when I’m a world renowned photographer and know he was the reason! My brother from another, Jonathan Ibero, aka @JonJonVisials, who put me onto the street photography scene. His tutelage has certainly tapped into another aspect of photography I did not know I had. I need to also shoutout, Chocolate Milk Photography for recognizing that I had a knack for candid photography and being able to anticipate ‘that’ moment. Last, but not least, gotta shoutout Luca’s mom. She would nag the hell out of me (haha!) to create a photography business. Glad you pushed me!
photo of Luca and I by @jonjonvisuals