ES­CAPE ARTIST

DNA Magazine - - CONTENT - by Mike Carter.

“All my life I have been fas­ci­nated with the arts. My par­ents were amazed at how I ex­celled in paint­ing and draw­ing, but it wasn’t un­til high school that I knew I wanted to be a pho­tog­ra­pher. I loved cap­tur­ing daily life and also the emo­tions in people. My teach­ers and par­ents en­cour­aged me to keep it up and when I was 16 I got my first DSLR cam­era for my birth­day. For me, pho­tog­ra­phy was an es­cape. I didn’t come out un­til I was 25. I knew I was gay at a very early age but waited un­til I was fin­ished school. I was picked on and bul­lied be­cause I chose to paint in­stead of join the foot­ball team.

About six years ago a friend said that I should start free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy. I was fas­ci­nated with the male form and started to pho­to­graph friends and do photo shoots with any­one, mostly ac­tors and mod­els for their portfolios. I wanted to share my love of pho­tog­ra­phy and pho­tograph­ing male fit­ness and por­traits. I have had the plea­sure of shoot­ing the 2010 North Amer­ica Out Games, Mr Gay Canada Rob God­dard, and have been recog­nised on many blogs. I may never get that elu­sive mag­a­zine cover but that is not go­ing to stop me. My par­ents have al­ways told me to never give up and that I never will.”

Catlin Franks

Dustin Sei­dler

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