We had the good fortune of connecting with Raine Roberts and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
To me, taking risks are necessary for forward movement. If you don’t take the risk you become stagnant. Though, I’m not a huge fan of impulsive risk taking, that to me has never turned out well. There’s a threshold for me to allow for a “risky maneuver”, but I have to be–in a sense–prepared. Prepared not in the conventional sense of the word, where one does everything possible to predict outcomes and prep for those hypothetical consequences, it’s more of a preparedness of change–something you may not even realize you’re ready for, but you are. For me, I know when I’m feeling stuck or stagnant, when my routine becomes too comfortable. I never want to be too comfortable, that indicates to me that I have completed a certain amount of growth and have adapted to a certain environment, I need a shake up. What’s next? Then when the opportunity presents itself, I take “the risk”, which is really something I’ve been looking for–actively seeking or passively seeking.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Artistically, right now, I’ve been focussing a lot on my photography. This has always been a hobby for me, taking pictures of things that seem “cool” or “pleasing” or “interesting” to me. However, now it has developed quite a bit this last year, and I’m very excited with how it’s evolving. My photography aesthetic at this point draws off of composition, architecture, geometric shapes and lines with minimal “subjects”. I’ve been working with my 35mm camera using black and white film stock. The decision to use black and white comes from wanting to share what I see to others; often I find that color photos don’t emphasize the repetitive lines and contrast that black and white does for me. With my photos I’ve gotten into galleries and been featured on photography contests’ websites. There’s a lot of rejection, that just comes with the territory, but I keep doing what I know and evolve from it naturally and eventually people will start noticing.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love East Colfax. Over the summer I stayed there with a good friend of mine and she taught me how to drive stick. We would drive to City Park and do photoshoots with the swan boats and boathouse, or we’d go to an aesthetically pleasing alleyway or building and just shoot around, see what we’d come up with. My go-to food spot has to be Good Times, it’s nothing fancy, but their shakes are too dangerous and their fries are practically illegal!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Everyone that has crossed my path in any significant way deserves my shoutout. Starting from my parents, grandparents, and sibling to my teachers to my coaches to my job supervisor; to my friends to my past relationships (good and bad) to my bullies and to my sideline cheerleaders. They have all influenced me for better or for worse and has played a part in building who I am today. A special shoutout to my parents who taught me resilience and endurance through difficult periods, and who taught me how to love people for who they are and wherever they are on their emotional journey.
Raine Roberts for all the photos