"Hello, for those of you interested, my name is Travis Seale and I love photography (I love all forms of art, but photography is my way to escape). I specialize mostly in fashion/portraiture, but I love a good nature shot when I can find time to get away from the monotonous grind of everyday life. Now, let's rewind for a moment. I started taking photographs around ten years ago (2004/2005) on a four-megapixel Sony Whatever point-and-shoot (I upgraded shortly after) and used the images to perfect my Photoshop skills. All I did was manipulate the images to create visual ideas that had been bouncing around the inside of my skull. My dream ten years ago was to be a digital artist, but life got in the way and I stopped. That was when I realized that wasn't my dream. I could have found time regardless of circumstances if I had really wanted to be a Photoshop wizard, but alas, that wasn't case. I dabbled here and there for the next few years but I had lost my interest and let my Photoshop Elements collect digital dust.
Now let's rewind two and half years from this moment in 2015. Things took a darker turn in my life and I ended up spending time in rehab for what modern public relations teams refer to as “exhaustion” (their way of saying substance abuse). After leaving rehab I decided to find a way to keep my mind from going back and picked up a camera again. Not wanting to spend all my time in front of computer, I tried my hand at nature photography. While the hikes and drives to nowhere were amazing, I ended up growing tired of it and realized that what I missed most about photography was the social interaction that came along with photographing people. I was always interested in fashion photography because I loved the artistic side of it (no matter how complex or simple). The clothing, makeup, lighting, colors, etc. I decided to flip through a couple fashion magazines to gain inspiration and everything kind of just clicked. I wanted to be able to to take photos like the ones I had seen in magazines. I bought the equipment, spent hours trying to emulate photos that had burned their beauty into my brain, but no matter what I did or how much money I spent on lights and gear I couldn't recreate what I had seen. That's where my problem was - I was trying to be someone else instead of just being me.
I changed my idea of what fashion photography had to look like and made the decision to keep myself from entering a box. I experimented constantly with lighting, angles and various different photographic modifiers until I found my niche. My photos may be unconventional as far as fashion photography is concerned, but that's because I now know that art and what it means is completely subjective to the people creating it as well as viewing it. What I find beautiful isn't always going to be eye-catching to others, but that part of me that cared so much about becoming David LaChapelle, Mike Ruiz, or Tyler Shields was replaced with the idea that it's okay to just be me. It's been two and a half years since I buried my head in my craft, and along the way I've met some amazing people (that are now great friends) that have helped me create better images that I'm immensely proud of. My art has now evolved into team projects because there's something so gratifying about coming together as group and taking pieces of creativity from each person involved and sewing it together to create our very own monster. Something we all love and had a hand in creating and being able to let it loose on the world not caring about the types of criticism it may receive because we know that we did our best and next time we'll strive to outdo ourselves.
I don't now know what my future holds as far a photography goes, but I have been in contact with an agency in LA that I would love to become a family member of. Right now I'm finishing up school and I'll just have to see where the road takes me after I have my school career behind me. Would I like one day to be someone that other aspiring photographers strive to be? Sure. That would be great. Will it make any difference if that isn't in my cards? Not really. Maybe that won't happen for me in this life, but I'll continue to create regardless because it helped me move out of the dark so I could envision a future for myself. For that I'm lucky and I hope that everyone can find that part of them."