The PDN 30 list is really awesome this year, but I want to give a special shoutout to my buddy Bryan Derballa for a couple of reasons. First is because he is one of my favorite photographers and favorite people. In fact, he would still be one of my favorite photographers even if he wasn’t an amazing dude and would be one of my favorite people even if he wasn’t an amazing photographer. The fact that he is both is truly awesome. He has been so good to me over the years, through sending work my way, talking through ideas with me, letting me crash at his place and just through being an encouraging voice as I was struggling to find my vision. And he has done the same for a lot of other photographers.
Secondly, read his interview here. What he says about Matt Craig was the experience for so many of us. If it wasn’t for Matt and other editors like him taking chances on us none of us would be able to do the work that we do.
This is dope. This is refreshing. This is exactly what I need to see with another bout of unemployment staring me down. Reading through the bios of the PDN 30, a lot of them were in the position I’m in right now. They all took huge risks and the payoff was huge. This is gonna be so hard, especially during a year when so much is set to happen for me, but it’s time.