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My Diatribe:

Aaron Morganstein is not willing to speak about himself for very long in 3rd person, and henceforth, I will not.  I am, however, humbled by your interest in my work as a photographer. By my own calculations of website browsing, if you are reading this page, my work has spoken to you and has led you to inquire into who I am or what I am about.  For me, this compliment is hard to qualify in words and is truly one of the best a photographer can receive.    

At the 'root' level, I am mid-westerner, from Chicago, Illinois.  My lineage has me pinned as the not-so-hard-to-imagine offshoot of a family of educators.  Broke, but intelligent, as opposed to ignorantly wealthy; this may very well be a one-line way of wrapping up my upbringing.  Art was always encouraged, and for many years, the art of music dominated my life.  I went to an arts high school followed by undergraduate education in arts.  I studied jazz guitar (but I was probably born to be a bassist) for a long while before abandoning music for a career in photography.  Music, regardless of where my life has taken me, has always had a firm hold on me.  Ill buy an LP I really want instead of food, if it came down to it.  Seriously.  I certainly still play.  Having a photo studio with lots of space has definitely encouraged quite a lovely collection of instruments to consistently procrastinate with.

My stongest asset is that  I definitely listen.  I listen hard and by default.  Id like to think that this is pretty clear when I cross paths with other musicians or artists.  I am eager to hear what they have to say. This is fundamental to the type of success I can achieve when there happens to be a camera between me and another person.  Quickly, the camera, lights, obscure location, and random people on laptops or phones can vanish.    In the present day of modern digital imaging where a high quality image can be created by anyone with a few bucks and a few clicks of a high-end camera, the relationship between a photographer and their subject becomes the hardest thing to successfully harness.  Some people speak the language of corporate executives.  Some people speak the language of inanimate objects, or the language of animated objects, or models.  I'm conversational in most of these languages, but I am fluent in the language of artists and particularly musicians.  

Sometimes a photographer doesn't need to be able to listen.  Sometimes they are shooting a picture of some lovely food or of an ugly rock or whatever.  Sometimes one's subject, albeit human and fully conversational, doesn't have anything to say.  These are the hardest photographs to take.  But if someone has something to say, and the medium for that statement is a photograph, it is pleasure to be a part of the process that captures this statement.  Artists, historically, have quite a lot to say, and less then enough avenues to express these statements.  Looking back on artists through photography has been a pleasure for me and countless others through-out modern history.  I am always enthralled to be a part of this process.

Thank you for your time and for visiting my site.  If you would like to find out more about my work or are interested in hiring me and my team for a project please send me message.  Id love to hear from you.


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