In a decade of photographic documentation, Los Angeles based photographer Alex Cave has used his camera to explore displacement and isolation. His latest series focusing on deported US veterans living in Mexico is a testament to the confrontational nature of his subject matter. Alex attempts to create a feeling of isolation using a neutral color palette, featuring one bright, out-of-place tone. In addition to work with displaced veterans, Alex has photographed melting glaciers in the arctic, suburbanization in the American Southwest, and childhood poverty in Bolivia. He credits his mother for cultivating his passion for all things photography as an adolescent.
What makes you passionate about helping TCC and NAI?
Aside from photography, I have alot of interest in using a social enterprise to bring attention and sustainability to a problem that needs to be addressed. In 2014 I left UCLA to finish my degree in a Social Entrepreneurship program at Antioch University Los Angeles. Before I made the switch, all of my courses were fairly straight forward: accounting, finance, writing a business model, but none of my classes really touched on how to use these skills to fix real-world problems. It wasn't until I was at Antioch when I started to see how a sustainable business model could confront problems like bringing clean water to a region or lifting a community out of poverty.
How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them?
I'm great at gaining a certain level of intimacy with my subject matter, and that tends to show in my images. I'm also great at coming into an organization that feels a little impersonal online and creating moving portraits of the people that benefit from all the good work they do. With past jobs my photography has connected well with supporters, donors and stakeholders, so my hope is to capture intimate portraiture and documentary images that help grow their organization.
What message would you like to send to your supporters?
What message would you like to send to your supporters? It's just a huge honor that people even want to look at my images, to hang my prints on their wall, or to invite me into their world to take their portraits. No contribution is too small, from sharing my story on social media to buying one of my prints. I'm grateful for any and all support.