What do you do for a living? What do you do for passion?
For a living, I work as a Lighting Technician in the Film & Television Industry in Toronto. I also sometimes work as a Photography Assistant during wedding’s, or large events. As for my passion, I would assume it’s working on my career to become an renowned Fine Art’s Photographer.
What are some of your aspirations?
I have quite a few. Probably the most I think of is living a part of my life in Seattle, and another part of me sailing.
What has been a positive defining experience in who you are now?
My father and I went on a Photography Workshop, when I was probably 14. We took a road trip, and went to Death Valley, California. I had always enjoyed taking photographing to that point, and taking photos for my father’s blog; www.Mikesjournal.com. I remember one morning sitting on a sand dune, and watched as the shadows moved, and down the hill; I watched people go by, and take photographs. I thought then that I would become a Photographer.
What was the hardest part about what you see as the best decision(s) you’ve made?
I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such hardship. I believe all my decisions equally. Moments in life, where I show regret, I ask for forgiveness.
Describe your relationship with yourself.
Easygoing. I don’t think it’s anyway to live, to be hard on oneself.
Describe your relationship with the world.
I sometimes enjoy staring out a window, and watching. When interacting with it, I try to keep a metre stick of distance.
What is something that you want to be recognized for?
What are your strengths?
I find that I’m kind hearted, and always willing to be a friend that listens.
What are your weaknesses? How have they helped you?
Bacon Cheeseburgers. They’ve never been any help. A weakness though, that I wish to improve is sometimes being too self-involved in my own bubble. It has helped me think though my thoughts.
What is the hardest emotion for you?
That form of sadness where you end up crying. I’ve can only count a handful of experiences, but after a certain age, that stopped.
What is a bad habit of yours?
Little too loose with my spending habits.
What does faith mean to you? Do you have a faith? (i.e. a religion, or something you believe in like karma)
Faith, to me is sometimes that is all surrounding. Our faith in ourselves, our faith in each other, to our faith in love. I was raised in a Roman Catholic household, and have detached from the religious community. I still practise teachings, and lesson, but I still am very spiritual.
I believe that everyone is connected, and believe in forms of reincarnation. That we’ve existed in different generations. Even though our faces change, our souls carrying through. This thought helps me through times of fear.
What inspires you?
Mother Nature usually plays a large role.
What are your expectations of others? How does this compare to the expectations of yourself?
I expect nothing more than what I expect from myself. To have an open-mind, and a helping-hand. I’m told however, that I have too much expectation for myself.
Are you who you want to be? Who is that person?
I am everything I want to be in life. Just not as successful. I’m just a happy man, that has friends, and family he doesn’t talk to enough, and aspiring to become an old man with a body of work, people look back on in awe.
Two years ago from now where did you think you would be? How does that differ from where you are now?
Two years ago, I had just finished all my schooling, and was trying to live my life without getting a part-time job. Now, I have a nice apartment that squeaks and fridge full of food (as of this week).
Where do you think you will be in another year?
Probably just steps forward in my career of getting my artwork recognized.
What do you think it means to be kind to yourself? How does this compare to how we are kind to others?
I believe being kind to oneself, is the first step to living a happier life.
Kindness to others, creates a ripple effect that changes the world around us.
Do you think you’re someone others can/do look up to?
People have told me that they’ve looked up to me; and some probably do, and just don’t tell me. I don’t think about that too much, if at all.
What does your art mean to you?
What words of wisdom do you live by? Why?
My father once told me, that he wasn’t worried about me, and he knew that I would be alright. For why, sometimes words just resonate.
Hakuna Matata is also a pretty strong one too.
Check out more of Eric’s work on his instagram (@ericcampbellphotography) and website