Cade Martin, the award-winning photographer behind Capitol Communicator’s Up Close and Personal profile series, has an updated and interactive digital portfolio. In an interview, he discussed the project.
Why do you believe artist portfolios are still relevant?
Portfolios have always, and always will be, important. Not only are portfolios a way to showcase images and capabilities but they also provide a window into how an artist presents themselves – what they see as important, which is just as telling as a body of work.
Regardless of the portfolio platform, the portfolio is an essential tool and I find that the thought processes that go into the execution – the design, rhythm of the images, use of color or not and so on – are not only challenging and fun, but they also matter to the creatives who view them.
What did you learn about yourself through this process?
It is always tough for me to talk about myself, but at the same time, I am proud of my work and what I have accomplished so far in my career. I have learned that the stories that go along with the images are just as valuable; they are an equal part of the whole story for me. I enjoy the picture making, but as I look back at my work, I have come to realize that the camera has been the vehicle to have these life experiences, fostering the camaraderie and so many novel, amazing interactions.
What is the one thing you want someone to take away after viewing the portfolio?
I come to photography from a love of cinema and comics, of all the ways one can capture characters. I’ve always been interested in storytelling and this portfolio is maybe a little story about myself and some things I have been fortunate enough to work and discover.
Right now people have both more and less time all at once. We’re all sharing a unique collective moment in time. I’m hoping that this new portfolio allows people a little escape, the opportunity to learn a little bit about me or a particular image or project if it strikes them. It would be wonderful if this portfolio experience could break through distance, if it can get into the ballpark of sitting across the table from each other having a nice conversation and naturally dipping in and out of different topics.
Cade Martin is a Capitol Communicator sponsor.