- When did you start taking photos professionally?
Late in life. I’ve always been interested but got “focused” around 2010 and seriously showing in 2013.
- Why did you decide to do a whole series on wave formations?
Every wave is different. They have personalities so I challenged myself to show the spirit of the waves with a new technique.
- Do people often mistake your “spirit of the wave” series as paintings?
So much so that I have a sign in my booth titled “Are these paintings?”. I developed a technique of leaving the camera open for a second or so and then panning the camera in the same direction and at the same speed as the wave. When you see it … you feel it … and then you start to think of waves differently.
- Your art adorns many walls, residential and public, around San Diego. What installation makes you the proudest? (Obviously, it’s ^this piece at Four Fin, but aside from that…)
I’m proud and honored when someone chooses my work for their home or business. When Four Fin chose “Soft Curl” at 80″ wide by 40″ high to hang in your offices, I saw how it fit your marketing message but it also fits your culture, your brand, and your style. I once had the privilege of showing my work at the Hospice center many years ago. One piece “Resting Giants” caught the eye of a wife and daughter of a man staying at the center. When his wife called me to order the piece she told me they loved it for its beauty but also for the title. Her husband had passed a few days earlier and she said, “He was my Giant and now he’s Resting”. I delivered the piece, hung it for her and we chatting for almost two hours about what a wonderful man her husband was.
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We work with companies throughout San Diego, but have decided on La Mesa as our headquarters for Four Fin. Why? Because, we believe in real connections, genuine people, easy parking and sunshine. It’s a straight shot on the 94 to Downtown San Diego, and quick to hop on the 8 or 125 as well. We like the creative vibe of our space, the neighboring businesses and the growing culinary scene out our front door. La Mesa is turning a corner in it’s history, to appeal to younger crowds with cool new establishments like Public Square, Coin Haus, Farmers Table, Boulevard Noodles and Sheldon’s Service Station.
Those last two are owned in part by mover and shaker, Aaron Dean, who is infusing life into the business community with his involvement with the La Mesa Village Association and his energy into a number of new local hotspots.
La Mesa Business Owner
- So, we’ve seen you pouring serious heart into La Mesa (we’re amped). Why this part of San Diego?
La Mesa has always been a part of my family. I went to Fuerte Elementary decades ago. My father medical practice has been at Grossmont for over 38 years and my Grandparents were active in the community since 1959. For me I see huge potential for growth and love the feeling of being part of this community.
- What was the last thing you got really excited about?
Well I was really excited and honored to be on the cover of Day & Night in last weeks Union Tribune. It was a great article not just about me but the happenings in La Mesa. It felt good to be able to talk about so many of the businesses and events happening in La Mesa.
- If you could only drink one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sheldons Coffee of course…however in a few months my answer would change to Depot Springs Beer!
For more information on Aaron, and his improvements to La Mesa, you can read the latest two union tribune articles he was featured in:
La Mesa: the next culinary hotspot – The San Diego Union-Tribune
Aaron Dean has appetite for big plans in La Mesa
Thank you Aaron for all you do to foster community and encourage the growth of this town we love. See you at Sheldon’s!