TWD Magazine 4th Collection Interview: Brian Michael Barbeito — Photography Contributor

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As an extension of The Black Lion Journal’s mission, The Wire’s Dream is a semi-annual magazine that values community, life perspectives, and different worldviews. Contributors were asked to complete a set of mini interview questions with the purpose of sharing with the readers and their fellow submitters a bit about who they are and about their creativity. All questions were the same for each contributor; and each answer given is unique, open, friendly, and candid.

About The Creative Process

What does creativity mean to you? And what does it mean to be creative?
Creativity to me is not something that is compartmentalized such as a hobby or weekend practice, but instead a way of life. I feel that if a person is a true creative they are by some intrinsic nature always processing the world around them in artistic ways. Therefore to be creative is to add stories, poems, pictures, paintings, crafts, music, and or other things to the world, but that is only the tangible or ‘seen’ scene. The other half happens inwardly, and it involved seeing objects and events in an almost mystical way or at least with reverence, and trying to fit them into an personal artistic paradigm.

How do you make time for your creativity? Are you an early bird creative or a night owl? Or something in between?
I am sometimes working at writing or photography in the morning, but at other times in the afternoon or night. It seems to change around according to the weather, seasons, personal schedule, and maybe even more ‘cosmic’ or flowery things influences like astrology.

How much of your personal life and experiences shape who you are as a creative and as a person? Do you find that you draw much content from your experiences or have you worked to keep that separate from what you create?
I don’t see much, if any, separation between who I am as a creative and as a person. My work as a creative is drawn on personal experience for the most part or another way of saying it is that life forms the form. I see nature for example, and then it gets written about and photographed. I don’t go out looking for pictures or essays. They just occur organically from some whole. It feels true, and more like a vocation, a calling, to create. I am most comfortable with this, having this process and activity of making writings and photos as part of me, as something from the inside.

About Creative Moments & Inspiration

What is your most memorable creative moment, if any?
I don’t have one single moment. Or, the whole thing feels like one moment believe it or not. The entire process for me can be seen as one large writing accompanied by one large photograph that explores as much as possible about outside nature and inside or psychological/spiritual nature also.

Do you cross genres for inspiration? Which ones?
Ex: If you're a fiction writer, do you read and practice poetry? Do you also dabble in art?

Yes I cross genres but I try and do so as seamlessly as possible and I seek to loop, mesh, marry, genres together. I write essays, poetry, fiction, and I take photographs.

What/who inspires you the most?
I have many influences and inspirations. There are bands, singers, spiritual figures, and writers that have inspired me. But currently what inspires most are nature generally and forests, fields, and their walking paths specifically.

Are there any contemporary writers/artists that you admire and think should be on everyone’s radar?
(Who do you think has been undervalued?)

None come to mind although I am sure there are many out there. The past few years I have just been concentrating on my own work and absorbing writers and artists and musicians and directors from the past. I don’t know a lot about contemporary art scenes.

Tips For Others, Personal Goals

What tips would you give to those who have never published anything before?
Keep at your craft as a labor of love first of all. Secondly, consider exposing your art to multiple curators or teachers or editors because though it might not resonate with everyone, it will sync or speak to those who it is meant to speak to.

What goals and/or aspirations do have for your creativity? Where would you like to see your work?
My goal/aspiration is to continue to produce written and visual work, which involves remaining in touch with the muse on the one hand and have the opportunity to create on the other. I think there have been people who have liked my work thus far, so if I can find more venues/platforms/arenas, then the writings and visual art can reach more people. That would suffice and feel right.


About Brian

Brian Michael Barbeito is a Canadian writer, poet and photographer. Recent work appears at Fiction International from San Diego State University, CV2 The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing, and at Catch and Release-The Columbia Journal of Arts and Literature. Brian is the author of Chalk Lines (Fowl Pox Press, 2013, cover art by Virgil Kay). He is currently at work on the written and visual nature narrative titled Pastoral Mosaics, Journeys through Landscapes Rural.

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