This week we are catching up with Jose N. Silva, one of the photographers featured in our "Empire State" collection, which was released on March 6th.
LIVES AND WORKS IN / West New York, NJ
OCCUPATION / Special Education Teacher
ON THE CLOCK / My day usually starts at around 7 a.m. I get ready for work and then head to school, and from that time until 2:30 p.m. I am fully in educator mode. Afterwards, I go home and usually try to have a little downtime before I put on my photographer hat and tend to whatever duties I have to get to, be it editing or answering e-mails, or shooting or attending events. I usually stay up really late too, usually editing photos and catching up on news and articles from the day. If I’m lucky I’ll fire up my PS4 or watch a TV show, but that hasn’t happened too often lately.
YOUR ART WEEKEND / Exploring New York city is my version of an art weekend. There is art everywhere in New York. The murals, the architecture, the people, the whole city is poetry. As far as museums go, the Met will always have my heart.
ALBUM / I’m a huge music head so I always have a pretty diverse rotation going… I just found out about this guy Scott Kid a few days ago and now I’m obsessed with his music, particularly the Holy Ghost album. Aside from that, I’ve been listening to Hozier’s self-titled debut, Red’s Of Beauty and Rage, Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave, Joey Bada$$’ B4.DA.$$, and Chet Faker’s Built On Glass.
FILM / Inception and Pan’s Labyrinth are my all-time personal favorites, but I was recently awed by Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
ARTIST / Salvador Dalí
BOOK / The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, every once in a while I need to re-read that and Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha. I also enjoy listening to Alan Watts’ lectures too, they always bring me clarity.
EATS / Japanese Cuisine. I can’t get enough of it.
LATEST PURCHASE / Just invested in a few lenses for my Sony A7II, can’t wait to use ‘em!
GUILTY PLEASURE / I’m semi-addicted to the Call of Duty (currently playing Advanced Warfare on PS4)
GRADE IN ART CLASS / A! I only did Art Scope in high school, but in college I took a few Art History classes and found them profoundly insightful.
36 HOURS / I’d love to go back to the Pacific North West and adventure out there. San Francisco has been amazing both times I’ve been there too, I love that city. As far as something I haven’t done but always wanted to — one of the items on my bucket list is to witness and capture the Northern Lights, so anywhere in the world where I could do that would be a dream come true.
The header photo is a portrait of the artist by Dave Krugman, another photographer whose work is featured in our "Empire State" collection. To become a collector of Jose's photographs, head to his page in our online gallery here.