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Life & Work with JP Douvalakis

Today we’d like to introduce you to JP Douvalakis. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My whole life I enjoyed traveling. I was lucky enough to grow up in a family that took trips all across the country. In high school, I would go camping with my friends and bring my camera along for fun. What was a fun hobby quickly became an occupation for me? I began taking videos and photographing everything. Once I got to college at CU Boulder in Colorado, I took on a degree in film and media production. For a long time, I would go out in the mountains or on any hike I could find and photograph the vast landscapes of whatever mountain I found myself on top of that day. Quickly, my studies took off and I was loving my film and photo classes. Four years later, I graduated from college with a degree in media production with an emphasis in communication, information, and design. Soon I would be on my way, taking any freelance photo or video job I could find. From weddings to business events and even simple portraits, I strived to take my photography to the next level. As we all know, life goes by fast and if we don’t stop to look around, we may just miss it. So that is exactly what I did after college; I began my life-long adventures of road trips and freelance photography. Lucky for me, the two go well together. I take every opportunity I can to pack the truck and head off for the middle of nowhere. I often find myself off-grid with nothing but a tent, water, and my camera. I take on odd jobs around town to pay for my adventures; you know how the saying goes; I am a starving artist. I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The way a moment in time can be captured by a single photo and hold so many thoughts and emotions perplex me still to this day. I began my photo business by the name of JohnyPrsm. Johny because my name is JohnPeter and PRSM as in prism because there is light and prisms in photography. The name is just a title and the work I create is the true spectacle of my journeys. I strive to tell a story with every photo I take. There is an entire world out there waiting to be explored, and I plan to see every corner with my trusty camera eye. For me, it’s the small details, the faces of the portraits, the pine needles on the trees, the foam of the waves, and seashells of the ocean. If I could travel the globe independently in a van, showing people the amazing places, we don’t get to see every day, my life would be complete. I see beauty in places others may not. A photo can capture a thousand words and I have a lot to say about this majestic and wonderful planet we all share. If there is one thing I could do for the rest of my life, it would be to create and capture. I live life to the fullest; taking in majestic views with every breath. One day you may even see me, JohnyPrsm, on national geographic bringing you the most captivating images you have ever seen! 

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road? 

Life as a creator, storyteller, and photographer is never easy. Everyone, including your friends, expect work for free. There will always be someone out there who does it better and more efficiently than you. Thankfully for me, I realized early on that money and fame were not an interest of mine. I quickly learned that capturing a moment in time, within a still image is the greatest feat of all. Having photos to look at in future or being able to shine a light on the beauty of a person’s features in a portrait is what makes it all worth it for me. Not everyone will be inspired by my work; not everyone will appreciate the time I spend taking and editing photos and that’s okay. The greatest part and one of the biggest struggles of being an artist and storyteller is being able to bring life to a place that may lack excitement. Aside from technical difficulties, such as a dead battery at the time of a photoshoot or the expenses of life on the road (gas) and camera gear, being a photographer and artist means you have to do everything. Learning how to build websites, edit photos and videos, create logos, and bring stories to a single photograph have made it a bumpy road but not impossible. Being an artist just means your tool belt must be filled with skills and abilities of all kinds, both physical and digital. There will always be struggles as a traveling photographer, the key is to stay positive and see every moment as an opportunity to learn and grow. I am a photographer, filmmaker, and artist for myself first. It is my true passion and I know that doing what I love will be what brings me happiness at the end of life. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
While some may see me as a portrait photographer, others may see me as a logo/graphic artist but most see me as an adventure/travel photographer. My career as a photographer has recently taken off due to my dedication to the sport. In my free time, I look for clients to photograph. May it be a whole family or a single person, I enjoy seeing a face on the other side of my lens. I believe that every human is truly beautiful, it just takes the right eye to see it. Though portraits are fun, my true specialty is adventure/travel photography. I look at every weekend and day off as a chance to explore nature and the creatures within. My career takes avenues into weddings and corporate events in order to pay the bills but on the weekends, you can find me with my camera, looking for the next best location to take photos. I am known for adding emotion and feeling to my images. I often add quotes about life and happiness that are relatable but also make people think. My photography is more than just an image, it’s an entire story and it has a personality and experience to share with the viewer. I am most proud of my ability to adapt and create no matter the situation. As an artist, I must have the ability to solve problems with a creative mind and see the brighter side of every situation. What sets me apart most is my desire and passion for creating; my passion for nature/landscape photography. I don’t have interests in being the best or the highest-paid. I have an interest in taking photos that bring me personal joy. Photography, being a creative, is for my own sanity and enjoyment; and I’m grateful that others enjoy the works I share with the world. What sets me apart is my love for capturing, my ability to explore endlessly and wander into the unknown with the best intentions. I go where I want, when I want, and photograph it all along the way. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Pshhh, Covid-19. What a time to be alive. Covid-19 took a massive toll on the whole world. Cities were left empty and families torn apart. Since the start of the pandemic, I have taken many precautions and lived life with kind intentions. The last year has taught us many things, some more agreeable than others. One thing I learned is that work is everywhere and anywhere. As humans, we have adapted as we always do. Work has become synergistic alongside technology. Humans are inherently curious and creative beings. Yes, some occupations are tied to a location, but for many people, we have adapted to learn how to work from a remote place. People everywhere have been able to change the way they live by using technology to work. Another thing the pandemic has taught us that it doesn’t matter who’s right. It only matters what is right. Being stuck in quarantine has allowed many people to look inside themselves and search for a better self. We all went through struggles, both mentally and physically; we learned that we must take care and be kind to ourselves and to one another. 

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JohnyPrsm Productions

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1 Comment

  1. Marianne Casey Chung

    October 6, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Incredible young man. I am fortunate to have purchased some of his creative work that captured some great moments in my life. I also follow and enjoy his social media postings . Looking forward to see how his travels and talents grow.

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