I was born Albert Anthony Martinez on a sweltering summer day in July of 1985. From a very early age. I've always been fascinated with the details of life, from the minuscule woven seams in my jeans, to a copious star-filled night sky. I remember sitting in my chair behind a tiny desk in grade school, greatly obsessed with what was going on outside of the classroom. I wondered what I was missing out on in that great big wide world.
Though this same obsession followed me throughout my adult life, this infatuation if thinking transformed into a passion of action when I borrowed somebody's camera to take a picture. I didn't know how to use the thing, except for clicking a button to take a photograph. However, it was in that moment that I realized I could begin to capture all of the things my heart and head were enveloped by.
That is where my journey began, and this is where my journey has led me to.
In my portfolio you will find where this journey of mine continues. I revel in pure artistic expression of all people, places and things through photographic imagery. Whether it is a facial expression, the dynamics of body language, an excess or absence of light, or anything at all really, I want to capture and convey the attitude and emotion of both struggle and hope. Though I always yearn to grow and hone my technique, I still appreciate and replicate the less ideal photographic shots, and out of focus ones with bad lighting because I believe in finding beauty in the mess of things.
I hope you enjoy the documentation of my journey, and maybe even join along at some point.
with much love,