Today we’d like to introduce you to Dillon Hearns.
Dillon, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My roots come from BMX. I started a small brand when I was in middle school named, Atmosphere Bikes. It was born out of the need for Miami BMX kids to have a hub, a place to meet others like them. What started as a MySpace page soon grew to a website, then to a small business. I wanted to show the country that Miami had a BMX scene, that it had talent. Part of showcasing that talent is having a videographer in the crew to document the BMX tricks performed around the city. Thus, I assumed the role of filmer when we’d embark into downtown Miami. Armed with a mini-DV camcorder and a crude digital camera, I quickly learned how to shoot and edit. It was during this trial and error period that I discovered a passion for documenting Miami. The story was more than BMX; it was about the neighborhood; the architecture centered around BMX riding. Those early years pedaling through the city left a lasting desire to visually capture Miami. I think that influence is partially due to when I was first introduced to the city. It was around 2007; I remember finding an older Miami ‘s visual identity being challenged by construction cranes and a wave of impending change. I find that to be the same case today. But I want to remember. I want people to remember the buildings that once stood and the moments that time has passed. I find joy in hopping on my Bmx bike and letting the city come to me.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My main passion is documenting the moments that I’m fortunate enough to be a part of. My photographic process is ever-changing, but the most successful facilitator for my work is my BMX bike. I find an unwavering freedom to it. Life is so structured. Cars have their framework stamped onto the ground, pedestrians have their directional signals at every turn, but with a BMX bike, you can pass seamlessly through the convoluted streets. It’s with this freedom that I’m able to explore and see things that are so abnormal to the average person. I’ll start my journey in Brickell, and wherever that ride takes me, I’m sure to witness something stimulating. There’s a comical contrast I find often in this city. A contrast between what is perfectly acceptable and normal to someone else which is absolutely absurd to me. There’s something so refreshing about chasing a moment to capture. I sort of see myself more as a historian than a photographer. Every photo is a piece of time captured; it’s always history. My fascination with Miami’s past drives me to capture the present knowing it too will be a memory one day. I want to remember what these days felt like and the people in them.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
It’s never been easier to be seen and harder to be remembered. I cannot sum up today’s digital landscape any better than that. We’re bombarded with images and truly fantastic work if you’re looking in the right places, but it’s sort of a recipe for likes, comments and subscriptions it seems. I guess the challenge for artists today is remaining true to your craft while trying to position your work in a way that never undermines your authenticity. Anyone can give you a like, but how many can reference your work? Strive for that. Strive for remembrance.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
While I do have an Instagram and a website, I think people can support my work by finding the same fascination with Miami as I do. There’s nothing stopping anyone from getting out there and hunting down the same moments I chase. Watch an old Miami Vice episode and see what the streets on that show look like today. Chances are they’re completely gone or vastly different. The streets today will change too. Go make history and document them.
- Website: DillonHearns.com
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