We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Pino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Creativity keeps me grounded. It keeps me thinking about the past, present, and future. It allows me to express myself in ways I would otherwise never be able to do. Creativity keeps me going when things are rough, when the world seems more confusing than ever, when I have no idea what to do with my life…I create. It’s always been my go-to outlet for many things and has been a huge part of my life.
It started early on in my life. My mother took photos of the family with a Canon 35mm film camera during my childhood. Later on she passed this passion and obsession with the camera along to me. She instilled in me the importance of capturing moments in life and leading with love. Then there’s my father who came from Cuba and has always played music. He instilled the importance of creativity in life, again to always lead with love, and never take anything for granted while always pushing forward. My brother also played a role in my creative pursuits as he is a music producer himself. He’s always pushing to advance his career and has an undeniable determination to create. All these traits have been passed along to me and I do my best to take bits and pieces from each of them to pursue a successful artistic career.
Personally I take great pride in my work and what I create. Be it photography, video production, or graphic design I put my all into every project. I am a lifelong learner, constantly teaching myself new skills. As of late, I’ve been diving into the world of 3D media production with things like Blender and Unreal Engine. It’s important to me to have a wide set of skills as this world is constantly changing and evolving. Not only is it important to have a wide set of skills but the ability to utilize those skills effectively. I am constantly evolving, learning, and honing skills in order to pursue an artistic career.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As mentioned, I produce video, take photographs, and am a graphic designer. My works varies greatly based on the client or project I am working on at the time. What is a constant throughout all my work is my pursuit for bold, clean imagery. I’m constantly trying to improve my skills in order to create with the upmost of quality. When it comes to my style I have a modern touch with a nod to the past. My editing style is modern with a touch of nostalgia, mixing the best of both worlds. Using modern techniques to create a nostalgic or classic vibe is my go to when it comes to producing photography and video. My graphic design work tends to be a little more ambiguous or experimental as I like to create a lot of different things with different styles and techniques. I’ve done everything from corporate logo design, to product packaging design, to more free-form artistic pieces. I do my best to encompass a wide variety of content with my personal touch.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being a native Arizonan myself I can recommend a lot of places! Born and raised in the valley, I’ve seen Arizona change a lot throughout the years. If you’re looking to check out the city I have to recommend checking out a live show Downtown and maybe going to dinner or out for drinks before. There’s a ton of great spots to eat and drink downtown. If you’re looking to experience the college life, definitely check out Tempe as it’s a great spot to catch some lunch or go to an event. For the outdoorsy people out there, Sedona and Tucson are both amazing spots to see the beauty of Arizona. Tucson is full of tradition and a wide variety of outdoor activities. Sedona is just absolutely gorgeous and there’s nowhere else like it on earth. Lastly, if you’re looking to catch some snow definitely head on up to Flagstaff! Another great college town with plenty of snow in the winter and lots of outdoor summer activities.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The importance of my family in my career is undeniable. Not only did they introduce me to a lot of creative outlets, they supported and pushed me to pursue these things. My brother in particular pushed me when I needed it most. As a music producer he was in constant contact with new artists in need of media production. When I was only taking photos he would ask why am I not doing video? When I was doing both those things he would ask why not graphic design? I would always respond with “oh I don’t know how to do that” or “I’m not good enough to do that” and he would always tell me otherwise. If not for him pushing me then I would not have pursued this career as much as I have.
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