Aaron Ricketts finds self-expression and individualism in photography. The futuristic-style photographer describes his work as a mix of modernism and minimalist with a monochromatic color scheme. His passion for his craft allows him to see things from a deeper, more complex perspective. That vision is then translated to beautiful artwork, solidifying a unique moment in time on camera. Fortunate for us, we got to witness the creative genius in his element as we strolled through the city of Philadelphia.
Your work is very unique and creative. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I get a lot of my inspiration from anime and movies. Those have to be my two biggest inspirations, especially anime. In one scene, the main character can be a school student and the next they’re saving the world, jumping across buildings and going into a different world. I like to think that my work speaks like that because I like to create a different aspect of reality that isn’t necessarily real. You know, whether it’s a glass window pane that is melting into a whirlpool. Or me breaking through a glass and jumping into a city. I look to those types of movies and anime for greater inspiration, but I also like to use my own ideas and thoughts to create. There’s so much creativity out there that it’s kind of hard not to be inspired, but I try to not let someone else’s work influence my own too much.
Why is it important to create?
That’s almost like asking someone why is it important to breathe or why is it important to eat everyday. You have to! Anyone who loves to create feels this necessity to do so. If I go a day without shooting or editing, there’s a void there. I should be creating something. Once you put your creativity out into the world, it helps the world become a better place. Especially now because the world needs more creative people. We keep the world together. When someone is in a bad mood, we bring that little bit of happiness.
You’re all about pushing the limits, whether that is through your physical discipline or through your creativity. Why is that?
You have to push you self. That is the number one thing that’s going to help you succeed in life. There’s so much technology in the world today. Everybody can be whoever they want to be and do whatever they want to do. If there are 50 people wanting to be photographers, how do you differentiate yourself? If you and those 50 other people are doing the same amount of work, how are you going to stand out? It’s all about putting in the work to stand out from the bunch. You can’t be complacent, you have to keep moving take risks. Taking the risk is one of the hardest things, but it’s only going to make you work harder.