100 Creatives 2014: Alonzo Williams Jr., Shooting the Music
What He Does: There are plenty of photographers in the city of Houston. There are even plenty of photographers that specialize in shooting musicians. There are probably not any that feel the power of music as deeply as Alonzo Williams Jr. does though.
He even started out as an aspiring musician himself, and ended up married to amazing local singer Alycia Miles. He was new to Houston in 2008 and trying to find someone to help him capture the visual aspects of his own work. Unable to do so, he purchased a dirt cheap camera and started taking self portraits. Almost by accidents he ended up with a portfolio of great pictures from all over the city. Other musicians heard about his eye for the camera, and the next thing you know he is an in-demand photographer and videographer.
Why He Likes It: "The journey photography creates is priceless."
What Inspires Him: He's a mercurial one. Williams always has his eye open for any setting or subject that ties into his present mood. He can be walking down the street or staring into a picture when all of the sudden a new shot comes to mind.
As for his skill, he credits his uncle for teaching him the basics of photography. It gave him a solid foundation to build his work from.
If Not Here, Then Where: "It's something about my first trip to Chicago that made me want to live there. The city is so beautiful. And photographically speaking, it's a candy store to my eyes. Of course I might be a little biased being that my first published photograph came from Chicago."
If Not This, Then What: Music, obviously. Though he mostly leaves the tunecraft to his wife and other subjects these days, Williams still gets inspired to write snatches of song here and there. Maybe one day we'll hear something from him that does to the ears what his images do to the eyes.
What's Next: "I'm currently in the process of writing my first short film along with preparing for a photography exhibition I plan on curating beginning next year."
More Creatives for 2014
(In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).
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Paige Kiliany, director
Betirri Bengtson, visual artist
Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist
Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer
Larry McKee, cinematographer
Tiffany Heath, filmmaker
Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker
Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer
Janine Hughes, visual artist
Nyssa Juneau, artist
John Merritt, artist
Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator
Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright
Jason Poland, cartoonist
Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer
Lloyd Gite, gallery owner
Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru
Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor
Jennifer Mathieu, author
Scott Chitwood, writer
Anat Ronen, urban artist
Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter
Michael Weems, playwright
Lane Montoya, artist
Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet
Joey & Jaime, designers
Suzi Taylor, photographer
Ashton Miyako, dressmaker
T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer
Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist
Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker
Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer
Shawn Swanner, video game painter
Andy Gonzales, painter
Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher
Theresa DiMenno, photographer
Jessica E. Jones, opera singer
Atseko Factor, actor
John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker
Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist
Rabēa Ballin, artist
David Wald, actor
Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist
Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston
Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist
Heather Gordy, artist
Mark Nasso, comic artist
Marian Szczepanski, novelist
Jonathan Blake, fashion designer
Doni Langlois, interior designer
Kat Denson, dancer
Blame the Comic, comedian
Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist
Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer
Rene Fernandez, painter
Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer