MARTIN MURILLO

The great creatives are stubborn. I don't want to say that I think I'm great but I have been putting myself and my work out there for a while now and after being put down so many times, there comes a point to where you just stop listening to the bad. I love going through the process of taking and editing my images and putting out what I think looks best. If people like it then I appreciate it but I can't listen to the negativity out there, because that will affect my confidence. I find myself saying, "Fuck it" a lot.

What I'm trying to say is that I wasn't always confident, but it's something that grew within me as I gained experience.

I hit my rough patches, and get down on myself but then I take one photo that will lift my spirits and give me the confidence I need to keep going. Progression is my biggest reminder that lets me know I'm on the right path.

 

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I drown myself in work, I'm always working on projects. These projects help me keep my mind off of things. I keep positive people around me. I never would have thought that I would say that it is hard to focus on the positive, but it's really hard. I think the easiest way for me to put it is walking through hail. I'm going to have bruises but I'm going to get to where I need to get to.

 

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I started shooting product and clothing, for companies so when I started shooting women, it was a lot different and I was really shy. Some of the girls that I worked with years ago will tell you that I was really shy. I am definitely a lot more vocal now. I have no problem directing the models, when before, I was a little bit of a bitch. I've changed for the better, communication is key. It comes with age, this is something that I will only get better at. In a way, it all stems back to the first question about confidence. I gained confidence in my work and the rest followed.

 

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In a way, Tianna is the person that has given me the platform that I have now. In a generation where it's so hard to be noticed and have your work seen because of the over-saturation of everything, Tianna was one to grab me and kind of bring me up with her; I will forever be grateful for that. I know that some might say, that I could have done it by myself, but Tianna has opened so many doors for me.

Our working relationship has been strong because we have each other's back. We collaborate because we create amazing stuff together and we genuinely enjoy working with each other. She's not just another model but she has grown to be a best friend to me and we are more of a team, if anything. We both bring good qualities to the table. She is very creative in a visual sense and I am able to execute just about anything. I have a background in graphic design and marketing, so together we have been able to become a powerhouse in a lot of different industries, skate, car, fitness, shoes; she's known in most of those industries.

When we collaborate, we both come up with ideas and it's either a "yes" or a "no." I'm not gonna lie, we have gotten into some pretty serious arguments, but it's like family; we always want what's best for each other.

 

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I knew I wanted to do something visually appealing. --Not necessarily creative. I knew I wanted to do something with graphic design and photos. I collected magazines when I was younger and I still do. There is something about putting images and copy together in a creative layout that has always caught my attention. I didn't think I would be as good at photography as I am now, but other people saw it in me. One of my creative directors told me that I was great at my layout and graphic skill but I have an amazing eye with photography. Four years later, we talk every now and then and he likes to say that he told me so.

 

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Please complete the following sentence: One of the most challenging aspects of my work, but one that I'm grateful for is: The fact that I am able get paid for something that I'm passionate about is something that I'm grateful for but also challenging because I have to make sure that I stay relevant and make sure that clients keep coming back to me. Sometimes it's a lot of pressure, but to be able to complete a series of photos and see them printed in catalogs or merchandise is really rewarding.

 

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Very [optimistic], I've been working on Depict as a brand since 2010 and I am looking to make it more prominent in the next month or two and drop limited merchandise in collaborations with some models and brands. Hopefully get some editorial work done. I just did something for Playboy (non-nude), and I can't wait to see what else that brings me. The sky's the limit.

 

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Ending on a positive, the end of civilzation will be caused by: (laughing) "Positive?" Well, everyone is a little bit of a narcissist now because of social media, it's part of the reason I don't really like showing my face or anything. I think in the end, narcissism will kill humanity. The constant chase for attention and thinking that no one is equal, it sucks.

 












01 // Samii Ryan // samiiryan
02 // Stephanie Rao // _stephanierao
03 // Tianna Gregory // _tiannag
04 // Tianna Gregory // _tiannag
05 // Yovanna Ventura // yoventura
06 // Tianna Gregory // _tiannag
07 // Uncredited
08 // Tianna Gregory // _tiannag
09 // Tianna Gregory // _tiannag
10 // Michele Maturo // michelematuro
11 // Uncredited
12 // Tianna Gregory // _tiannag

 

Martin Murillo // martin_depict // martinmurillo.com

 

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