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Meet Kadeem Cobham of ArrogantWatcher in the Space Coast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kadeem Cobham.

Kadeem, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My story has an interesting start because I didn’t deep dive into photography until I was 22 years old though there was always the desire for it as early as being 15. I’ve always been a visual person in my own right as it’s always been my preferred method of learning. Growing up, I always loved watching Hype Williams’ music videos and told myself, “one day, I’m going to do this. Not sure how exactly it’ll happen but I’m going to do it.” Fast forward years later, I began taking pictures on disposable cameras of anything I saw – leading to pictures on a point and shoot then on an iPhone until eventually, I invested in my first camera.

Having a spatial learning pattern allowed me to further dive into what kind of photography I could create – starting off with street photography and taking it from there into portraits and lifestyle imagery. I went through so much trial and error figuring out myself and the type of photographer I wanted to become. It was a quest through dealing with the beauty and the ugliness that the world of photography can bring that really develops you into the type of creator you want to be. After a number of failed opportunities and ups and downs, I managed to find my pocket with my current line of work and couldn’t be happier creating the images I do.

Has it been a smooth road?
Anyone who tells you photography is an easy pick and grab profession is a liar. The road is far from smooth but when opportunities work in your favor it makes the trials that much more worth it. I’ve dealt with creative stagnation, anxiety, financial woes, everything that can come at the cost of choosing a career path that starts with YOU. But the road I’m finding myself on has become paving itself pretty smooth like with a number of lanes being opened up for me off the strength of leveraging my talent and hustle to be in positions that were destined for me.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ArrogantWatcher – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
The tagline for my work is, “Streets, Rhymes + Life” (If you’re an ATCQ fan you’ll get it). And I’ve successfully found my angles of images I look to create. My specialty is all about environments that assist in unlocking my perspective and seeing my surroundings in unique perspectives.

Of the disciplines I cater myself to, music photography as of the past year or so has been an area of photography many people are seeing my work thrive in. I’m most proud about this area of photography because anyone can attest to how much smoke and mirrors there is to truly break into capturing festivals and concerts. It wasn’t easy and I had to, again, find my distinctiveness with capturing musicians in a way to set myself apart as I’ve done with street and portrait photography to set myself apart.

What’s your outlook for the industry in our city?
As a photographer who frequents Miami 2.5 hours down I-95 from The Space Coast, Miami has become such an amazing hub for creatives, especially those who do photography. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting as well as growing with amazing photographers in the city that are finding success from their humble beginnings as I have. The number of agencies, events and networking opportunities in the city has grown exponentially since I began traveling to the area as early as 2014 and it has been even better growing with these opportunities within the 305.

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