100 Creatives 2014: Alonzo Williams Jr., Shooting the Music

Janelle Monae
Janelle Monae

What He Does: There are plenty of photographers in the city of Houston. There are even plenty of photographers that specialize in shooting musicians. There are probably not any that feel the power of music as deeply as Alonzo Williams Jr. does though.

He even started out as an aspiring musician himself, and ended up married to amazing local singer Alycia Miles. He was new to Houston in 2008 and trying to find someone to help him capture the visual aspects of his own work. Unable to do so, he purchased a dirt cheap camera and started taking self portraits. Almost by accidents he ended up with a portfolio of great pictures from all over the city. Other musicians heard about his eye for the camera, and the next thing you know he is an in-demand photographer and videographer.

Why He Likes It: "The journey photography creates is priceless."

What Inspires Him: He's a mercurial one. Williams always has his eye open for any setting or subject that ties into his present mood. He can be walking down the street or staring into a picture when all of the sudden a new shot comes to mind.

As for his skill, he credits his uncle for teaching him the basics of photography. It gave him a solid foundation to build his work from.

If Not Here, Then Where: "It's something about my first trip to Chicago that made me want to live there. The city is so beautiful. And photographically speaking, it's a candy store to my eyes. Of course I might be a little biased being that my first published photograph came from Chicago."

If Not This, Then What: Music, obviously. Though he mostly leaves the tunecraft to his wife and other subjects these days, Williams still gets inspired to write snatches of song here and there. Maybe one day we'll hear something from him that does to the ears what his images do to the eyes.

What's Next: "I'm currently in the process of writing my first short film along with preparing for a photography exhibition I plan on curating beginning next year."

More Creatives for 2014 (In order of most recently published; click here for the full page).

Rudy Zanzibar Campos, painter Paige Kiliany, director Betirri Bengtson, visual artist Melissa Maygrove, romance novelist Natalie Harris, bridal gown designer Larry McKee, cinematographer Tiffany Heath, filmmaker Jonathan Pidcock, Jewelry Maker Mallory Bechtel, actor, singer, dancer Janine Hughes, visual artist Nyssa Juneau, artist John Merritt, artist Leslie Scates, choreographer and dance educator Denise O'Neal, producer, director, playwright Jason Poland, cartoonist Courtney Sandifer, filmmaker, actor, writer Lloyd Gite, gallery owner Henry Yau, The Children's Museum of Houston's publicity and promotions guru Angeli Pidcock, fantasy writer and mentor Jennifer Mathieu, author Scott Chitwood, writer Anat Ronen, urban artist Amber Galloway Gallego, rockstar and sign language interpreter Michael Weems, playwright Lane Montoya, artist Jordan Simpson, SLAM poet Joey & Jaime, designers Suzi Taylor, photographer Ashton Miyako, dressmaker T. Smith, artistLindsay Finnen, photographer Kaitlyn Stanley, tattoo artist Eleazar Galindo Navarro, video game maker Kate de Para, textile and clothing designer Shawn Swanner, video game painter Andy Gonzales, painter Chris Foreman, comic book sketcher Theresa DiMenno, photographer Jessica E. Jones, opera singer Atseko Factor, actor John Pluecker, writer, poet and language justice worker Ricky Ortiz, painter, tattoo artist Rabēa Ballin, artist David Wald, actor Lisa E. Harris, performing and visual artist Stephanie Todd Wong, executive director of Dance Source Houston Pamela Fagan Hutchins, novelist Heather Gordy, artist Mark Nasso, comic artist Shelbi-Nicole, artist Marian Szczepanski, novelist Jonathan Blake, fashion designer Doni Langlois, interior designer Kat Denson, dancer Blame the Comic, comedian Margaret Menchaca Alvarez, artist Jacquelyne Jay Boe, dancer Rene Fernandez, painter Teresa Chapman, choreographer and dancer

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