Chris Behroozian – Closer to His Truth

Chris’ photographic journey is one of self-discovery. Through each photo, he seeks to get closer to his truth as an artist. Check out his honest interview below.


Say hello to Chris:

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Photo by Alisson Xavier

Where are you from?

From San Clemente. I live in Oakland, CA.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

Laguna beach. The beaches of Laguna are where I spent my summers growing up. The water is so clear and the coves are some of the prettiest beaches I’ve seen. It’s also the least stressful place for me to be.

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What’s on your “bucket list” of ideas to create?

To take a road trip with a friend or two and display the photos with this box of Polaroids I have from my grandpa when he drove across country in the 50s with a photographer friend of his.

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How would you describe your visual style?

I have two visual styles, at least in terms of my social media profiles. My @sonofnasser account is mostly about color and just documenting pretty places – lots of coastal stuff. My other account @quietandstupid is a lot of black and white, and it’s more personal work. It’s a simple and quiet documentation of my surroundings. It’s work I see myself in.

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How do you find your inspiration?

That can come from many sources – photo books, interviews, friends, and music. I have many talented friends who inspire me and encourage me. Reading interviews of photographers can help me feel inspired to go find answers to these questions for myself. The music of Beach House (band) inspires me just cause it’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard – lots of people say it’s too slow or sleepy.


Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?

I get it all the time, mostly when I’m just trying to create something for myself. It’s different if it’s just for a job and someone gives you what they’re looking for. On my own, I mostly worry about making work that is worth making that is true to myself and not a copy of someone. Reading about other photographers’ process can help me figure out why my own process is personal. Figuring out how to stop comparing myself is helpful – haven’t figured out a fool proof plan yet.

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What types of photography do you do?

Right now, I do food photography, as well as a lot of black and white, 35mm for personal projects.

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What was your most memorable photoshoot?

Shooting my friend, Harry, in Big Sur for his senior portraits. He taught me a lot about photography himself and is also a great model.

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How do you express yourself through your photography?

I look to generate photos that are honest to myself. I try to question myself during the process to see if there’s any reason for me to take a photo. I’m hoping by doing this, I will continue to know myself as a photographer, and the pictures I take will be closer and closer to my truth – that I will take these pictures because I have a need to and not for anyone else. When I can honestly say that, then I would consider my photography as an expression of myself and could analyze what that expression is. Right now, I feel like I am shooting quiet scenes with no people in them, in places that are typically not very busy. I feel like this has some of my social anxiety mixed into it as I’m not comfortable in crowded spaces or working with people I don’t know. So I’m sticking with what’s comfortable.


What photography advice do you wish you had when you were first starting out?

To not be consistent – to take photos of anything and everything, and most importantly, bring a camera wherever you go so you only take your camera out only when you come across something compelling. I spent a lot of time going out to get pictures I thought I should get, I still do this sometimes.


What are 3 tips you have for aspiring photographers?

It depends if you’re looking to develop as a hobby, find work, or get in galleries. I guess either way, bring a camera with you everywhere. If you want to find work, make a portfolio of the work you want to find. Just fake shoots as if you’re already getting paid for them and put them on your site. If you’re looking to get into fine art photography, I would say study the classics as well as relevant contemporary photographers. See whose work you are drawn to and begin to find your truth in photography.


Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?

I recently released a zine called The Easy that is my first completed personal project that I feel good about. It’s on my site and some of the photos are featured in the section Quiet.

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What is your most life-changing event?

Coming out to my parents.


What has photography done for you as a person?  How has it changed you?

It has made me some great friends and given me something to do when I’m bored or feeling creatively energetic.


What’s something no one knows about you that you’d like to share?

I have a civil engineering degree that I haven’t used.


What will you be doing five years from now?

I don’t know. I don’t even know what I’m doing now.


What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

That’s a very personal story.


For anyone that wants to get in touch with Chris, here’s some contact information:

FStop: Profile

Website: chrisbehroozian.com

Instagram: @sonofnasser / @quietandstupid


Chris, thanks for the candid interview – we enjoyed learning about you!

If any artists out there want to collaborate with FStop, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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