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Mario Kristian’s Views from the 718: Digging Through the Greats

Each week, Green Label invites a visionary photographer, filmmaker, designer or artist to dig through their folios and tell the story of their favorite works. This is: Mario Kristian.

I first picked up a camera in college when I was trying to start a clothing line. I was like, “Well, if I want this to be successful, I have to take really good pictures.” From there, I spun into this whole love affair with the camera.

The photography community within New York is really connected. A lot of the work people do is influenced by other people. There are a lot of photographers who I’m inspired by here, and the scene pushes you to be better. Every second there’s someone creating something that’s going to outdo your last picture.  I’m really inspired by Insighting, Visuals by Pierre, Tutes, and Diwang Valdez.

Shoot every day. Keep shooting. That’s a really cliché answer, but it’s true. Michael Jordan shot at least a thousand jumpers a day and became one of the best shooters. With anything you want to be great at, you have to apply repetition.

Everything we see as human beings is beautiful and photographical. We just have to put it into perspective.

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