We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaac Geesling and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaac, how do you think about risk?
I have a mentor, Scott Mitchell, who also does photography. He once told me to say yes to any job that comes my way, even if I don’t know how to do it yet. Just figure it out along the way. It’s taught me that I either sink or swim in this field, and more often than not, I’ve been swimming.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I like to focus in on things that people rarely notice in their daily lives with my photography, to show different perspectives. This also applies to the way we interact with each other. Everyone has a story to tell, and I’m here to capture glimpses of that. With my videography I like to create things that are rarely seen and are considered surreal. The journey has been difficult and has required a lot of patience. I’ve faced a lot of adversity in life to the point of wanting to give up. But I’ve pushed through that to better myself, and to hopefully better the world around me. I fee that every day is an opportunity to change the world. Even if it’s a small change.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Over a week long trip I’d definitely love to show them the beautiful hidden treasures in Arizona, from the painted desert, to the lava fields. There’s a lot to be seen here. I’d definitely take them to Gracie’s Tax Bar in downtown Phoenix, which is one of my favorite bars in the valley. The inside is lit with moody red lighting and an old school juke box and photo booth, head to the back for a a beautiful mural and an open space to drink and talk with friends. The Phoenix art museum always offers a great experience, with regularly updated exhibits and new pieces coming and going. Each time I go, I see something I didn’t see before.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom has always been my number 1 supporter in making photography and videography, my career. Being in this field leaves a lot of room for self doubt, but my mom has always had my back. I’d also like to shout out my art teacher from high school, Jean Anderson, and a photographer that I consider a friend and mentor, Scott Mitchell. Both of them helped me with major chapters in my career.