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

Hi Larry, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Hailing from the city of Detroit (born and raised), I grew up in the 1960s and 70s in a bungalow home in the city’s west side community of Warrendale. Early on in my life, we were in a three-generation home with my maternal grandfather living with us. My dad worked at Ford Motor’s Rouge Plant for 37 years. We didn’t have a lot of luxury but we lived comfortably for that era. My parents were amazing caring people and we were raised to work hard, help others, and live our lives without hatred or bigotry towards others.

From that upbringing, I have taken that work ethic and belief system with me, spending six years in the US Navy before returning back home to Detroit. Over the decades since I left home at 17 to join the Navy, I have lived in 11 states and 1 US territory and have traveled to six countries. Over those many, many years I have held onto those key values taught by my family no matter where I was or what I may have been going through.

The results of hard labor and self-belief brought about a number of amazing careers including becoming an electrical controls engineer, photojournalist for a number of hockey publications, Editor/Publisher of Great Lakes Hockey Alliance Magazine, Media Relations Manager for both a Junior A, and minor professional hockey leagues, business owner, and self-published author, to name several of them. I even did color commentary and play-by-play for a couple of Junior A teams for their cable broadcasts. Many of these positions overlapped with each other.

A huge part of the credit in everything I achieved goes to my parents, wife, and family. Their help and guidance have meant so much to me for more decades than I care to mention. Whatever you do in life do something positive. Whatever you are in life, be something positive.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My career in photography started back in the late 1990s when I was doing photojournalism for several hockey publications covering minor-professional, college, and junior hockey leagues in and around the Great Lakes region. I have to admit that the one thing in my life that I felt most comfortable and in-tune with professionally, was photographing hockey. Especially when I was allowed to shoot from the penalty box (Kalamazoo K-Wings), or next to the player’s bench (Michigan State University). I loved the sound of the pucks and sticks flying by my head. It reminded me of my days playing the game.

After about 10 years in that field, I left my camera behind for other career opportunities. Now, in retirement, I have come full circle back to photography and it has welcomed me with open arms. I have had a bit of a learning curve over the past two years with adapting to digital photography and learning editing and AI software, but I feel my art is really coming along. I am especially proud of the Equity Now Digital Art Series that I created, even though it has drawn some heat from a few certain kinds of people on social media. However, I feel that art is about pushing the boundaries sometimes. If someone isn’t uncomfortable with it, you’re not doing it right.

I have to admit that I am not sure I would say that anything that sets me apart from all other photographers and digital artists, as there are so many amazing ones out there. But if there is one thing, it may just be my raw, untrained eye. I don’t have a formal background in this being nearly 100% self-taught but I love to shoot a wide variety of subjects, and then see what comes out in the wash. This is a benefit of being able to create for fun and passion and not for a dedicated source of income.

This phase in my life is all about trying to leave a positive impact on this life. What I really hope people take away from seeing my art is their enjoyment of the subject matter and the passion that I was feeling creating it. I especially like creating fusion art where I can utilize several images to create a totally new one.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow! Where do I start? If you’re visiting Phoenix, at the top of your list, yes I feel it is above Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, which was the architect’s winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91. The whole place is a work of art from its desert-friendly design to the amazing building contours and lines and the artwork on display.

Other places that are musts are Camelback, Old Town Scottsdale, The Musical Instrument Museum, or any of the amazing museums throughout the city. The Musical Instrument Museum houses such an amazing collection of musical instruments from over the centuries, as well as from around the world. A definite must-see.

Then there’s always the Phoenix Open and the huge Barrett-Jackson Car Auction in January every year, an occasional Super Bowl in February, and Spring Training in March.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As I mentioned earlier, the lion’s share of credit for anything I have achieved falls to my parents, wife, and family. One big thing I was taught early in life, is that it’s not about how many times you fall or get knocked down, it’s about always getting back up and carrying on. Without an amazing family support system, it becomes harder to get back up eventually.

My wife Janis, has been especially key in my success as she has never let me get down on myself and has always supported me in my endeavors.

Website: www.ArtPal.com/LarryNaderPhotog

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/larrynaderphotography/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarryNaderPhot1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LarryNaderPhotography/

Other: Other web store pages: www.Society6.com/LarryNaderPhotography www.janis-nader.pixels.com

Image Credits
Personal Photo was taken by Jim Nader All other images submitted are copyright Larry Nader Photography & Art.

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