We had the good fortune of connecting with Kevin Antol and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kevin, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I’ve always loved the freedom that’s attributed to art. I’m a welder by trade and a photographer by passion. So, after my 40 hours a week creating art in metal form, I live it up on the weekends by photographing my outdoor adventures.

It’s the editing process that I really enjoy. Turning a scene I photographed into how I envisioned it, procuring a feeling with that image is what does it for me.

I wouldn’t say I’ve pursued a career out of art or photography, but I’ve definitely been taking more serious the last couple of years. Always working on new techniques, or taking a photo in a different perspective than it’s been seen before. For now, it’s all about having fun and the freedom to create.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is pretty simple. As I mentioned earlier, it’s the editing that sets it apart. Some don’t care for altered photos and I try not to get too carried away. I’m definitely known for my photos of and around Arizona. I usually stick to photographing water sources or scenes with heavy clouds.

I first picked up a camera back in 2009 when I was enlisted in the US Navy. I’ve been taking photos ever since. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to not rush anything. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone out to take photos of a sunset or sunrise and left early thinking good color just wasn’t going to happen. Only to be met with vibrant colors on the drive back home, missing the opportunity.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Superstition Mountains. On top of its many many trails, it’s my absolute all time favorite place to be for creating photos. There’s always something new around every corner. From the mountains, to Canyon Lake, to the Salt River I could spend an entire week just exploring the East valley.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d absolutely love to dedicate this shoutout to my late father. Donald Antol, if it wasn’t for him, I’d never have got into hiking or the great outdoors. I’ve made it my mission to visit and document all the places I go that he never got a chance to. So, this one’s for you dad.

Website: Kantolphotos.smugmug.com

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