‘Paid in Exhibition’ podcast host hosts event for minority photographers


Gavin Boulware, host of the “Paid in Exposure” podcast, plans to host a photo walk in Uptown on June 13, National Albinism Day. (Photo by Cody Carlson)

Paid in exhibition the podcast host Gavin Boulware was born with albinism, a genetic condition in which there is little or no color in the skin and hair. As a child, it was insecure for him, but throughout his adult life he found ways to overcome the obstacles presented by looking different from most. Now he accepts being unique in a crowd and has used his outgoing nature to give minority photographers a platform.

It’s funny how the number one “obstacle” that I faced as a child now allows me to give back so much to my community… It’s easy for me to be recognizable now. And I am grateful for it. And you know, it’s actually a blessing, ”Boulware told Queen City Nerve.

On June 13, Boulware will bring together a group of photographers from the community he has developed through his podcast and popular Facebook group for a photo walk in Uptown. The event, which allows local photographers and models to mix, share tips and achieve quality photos, coincides with National Albinism Day, created by the United Nations in 2014 to highlight advocacy for albinism.

“I have two objectives (for the photo walk). The first goal is to meet as many photographers as possible to create a larger system. Boulware explained. “(The second) is working with so many photographers and helping them, because I see a lot of people struggling with things that I struggled with a long time ago.”

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Gavin Boulware puts him down for the shot. (Photo by Rickland Young)

Like his next photo walk, Boulware’s podcast, titled Paid in exhibition, aims to support and uplift black and brown photographers. Almost 100 episodes, Boulware provides a platform for marginalized voices in the photo community.

“I didn’t stop just because I noticed not only how many people I am helping, but also how much I am helping myself. And so, I just want to maintain the resource, ”Boulware said ahead of episode 100. “The podcast is not a shortcut, but rather a navigation for black photographers, because our journey is so different. Every photographer goes through their ups and downs, which is why I know this podcast is vital for everyone, but no one speaks directly to black artists and the issues we face. “

From business to community achievement, Boulware wants to show that it’s not just work and not play. “I encourage other photographers and anyone who is entrepreneur to show that if you embrace your personality , people will buy from you, your business will simply grow far beyond your dreams. ”

Preaching self-love with his outgoing personality, Boulware has also cultivated a social media community through a Facebook group called No Mo ‘PIE to help and celebrate Blacks and Maroons in the field of photography.

“When I find a resource that I find available, whether it’s in Charlotte or outside of Charlotte, always bring it to the group,” Boulware said, “It’s also a place we can ask questions. Sometimes I don’t have the answer, but there are hundreds of photographers in our group, so someone has to find a solution.

Boulware will be the first to admit that he doesn’t know certain things, like videography, which is why taking photo walks is as much about education as it is about artistic creation.

“I almost preferred to educate photographers in shooting,” he said.

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A photo of model Alissa Hutchins on a previous photo walk. (Photo by Gavin Boulware)

Education goes beyond simple practical instruction, there is also the aspect of mental health. With negativity on social media usually leading to anxiety, Boulware wants to help members of his community to be themselves unabashedly and deal with the fear that comes with their work and work.

“I say to the photographers, ‘Hey, if you have anxiety, you must love yourself first ”. You gotta sit down, say, that’s how I wanna be me. And I want to be me with no excuse. And once you’re there, it all opens up, ”Boulware said.

At the beginning of my life, I was taught to love myself unconditionally, ”he continued. “Being an artist is not the most glamorous job. Pay doesn’t always change your life. Some go their whole lives unrecognized and the battle with anxiety can be overwhelming. However, once you step through the doors of self-love, everything changes. I strive to teach this every week and pray that it makes a difference ”

With this photo walk, as well as mentoring opportunities and a podcast episode, Boulware plans to discuss his experiences of fighting discrimination and bullying and encouraging photographers to embrace their individuality and express their self-esteem. in their own art.

“I want to make it clear that we have this community,” he said. “I’m on Facebook, we have a few hundred photographers in there. We publish every day. People ask them questions every day. So if you ever have to do with something, let’s sit down. And now this podcast is still going on because of things of this nature. “

The photo walk is scheduled to take place on June 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the meeting point being announced the week of the event. on the Paid in exhibition website.

Paid in exhibition publishes a new podcast every Friday, with interviews with professional models and photographers to discuss how they overcome anxiety and insecurity to become high performing professionals in their fields.

In this post from earlier this year, Brianna Monroe talks to Joshua Galloway, another black photographer from Charlotte, about the journey that led her to her first museum exhibit at The Light Factory.

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