Alton Mills

AGE: 18

EDUCATION: Will be attending FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) this fall in New York.

 ORIGIN: NEWARK, NJ

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Q: What do you like to depict in your photos the most?

Highlights and iridescent shadows, tricks of the eyes, visually pleasing photos, and color and light mixed together in one concurrent, well put together frame.

Q: What inspires your art?

My inspiration comes from a mix between what I see in my everyday life here in South Florida, and my imagination. I’m also inspired by colors I see in my head, sometimes even my dreams. I’ll see something cool and will have to recreate it, but in my own image. It’s like I finally have a way to force my views upon the world, through my art.

Q: What purpose does art serve for you?

It eases the mind and provides a place of solace that I can retreat too. Art has been here since the beginning. They were painting pictures on the walls of caves back in the Dark Ages, and that was considered communication. At the end of the day, we can all appreciate it.

Q: What are your favorite things to photograph?

I’d be lying if I didn’t say myself. In my pictures, you’ll either be seeing what I see in my head with me in it, or see me out in the physical world. I am my art, and my art is me. We are one in the same, so you’re going to see me in most all of it. Sometimes, I’ll take pictures of other people, though, like my friends.

Q: What are your future goals and aspirations?

I don’t know where to begin. I want to do everything, so I try to engage in everything right now. I want to sell clothes, preferably from my own label, something similar to how Off-White works. It’s more than just a clothing brand. I want to make music, and I’ve already started working on that now. I have a few tracks already put together. I want to DJ also, so I DJ at parties around my city. I want to make videos so I film too, now. Of course I take pictures, and I want my work to be in galleries one day. I feel that we don’t have to wait for the future to come to start doing what we want to do.

Q: What do you like most about spring?

I can’t really front, in Florida, there really is no such thing as spring. It’s basically like early summer. I do have to say from all around the world, the colors really inspire me. Flowers make up a lot of that inspiration. They are nature’s art.

Q: Who is your favorite designer? Why?

My favorite designer as far as clothing goes would definitely have to be Virgil Abloh. He’s crazy sick and such an inspiration. Although Off-White is his clothing label, he does so much more outside of that. Nobody is really on his level to me, I actually met him once  at a party when Art Basel was here down in Miami. He’s such a cool guy, and he’s for the youth.

Q: What do you want to communicate through your art?

I want to communicate how I see the world. The images I create are my reality. As you’ll see in my pictures, there’s a lot of darkness, but there is also light. This coincides with my life, the struggles I go through, but also the drive to make something better out of my situation.

Q: Describe your work in 3 words.

Light and Color.

Q: How has photography affected your everyday life?

By being in my everyday life, I guess. I take pictures every day with my camera, my phone, a film camera, early digital, 3D; it’s all become what my life consists of. Without photography, a major part of my life would be missing, so I guess you can say it’s necessary.

Q: What is the most creative thing you have ever done?

Probably starting a clothing line with my friend AJ. It took a lot of work, and I didn’t really realize how much went into that. The photo series, the short film, the design and production process was pretty cool, and we’re still going. You can check us out at www.afoolsparadise.co

Q: If you weren’t a photographer, what would be your plan B? .

I don’t even consider myself a photographer, to be honest. I am one, and I’ve been doing this for about 4 years. I just feel like too many kids out here jump into these labels prematurely, either confining themselves to one thing, or ruining the culture of kids that actually  work toward that “photographer” or “artist” title. They center their entire lives around it. So to answer your question, there is no plan B. My whole life is plan A, the one and only me, Alton.

 

Social Media:

Instagram: @altonmills

Twitter: @alton_mills

Snapchat: datboyalton

Website:

www.afoolsparadise.co


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