David Difuntorum. Photographer.
I've always been an artist.
I can see that in retrospect because I could never fully dial down my weirdness. Which might explain why I was hired and fired from 16 different jobs in the four years after graduating high school at the top of the bottom 25%. Good times! HAHAA!!!
Took a long time to realize the weirdness was connected to the artist thing. Who knew turning my teenage bedroom into an art installation wasn’t strictly weird but an art thing? Seriously, it was cool. I had this huge smiley face on one wall made from a ton of comic strips I’d stapled to the wall. It went up to the ceiling too.
I nailed shoes to my ceiling with a bunch of foot prints going up the wall and across the ceiling to end with the shoes. I also dressed like I ran through a thrift shop with adhesive on my arms and put on what stuck. Still working on that one.
Oh! And how did I do in college? AAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!!!
Look, imagine a troop of hyperactive bonobo monkeys in the drivers seat of a medium sized truck stuffed with high explosives and with the words “Train Wreck” emblazoned on the side sitting at the top of a hill. Got the setup in your mind yet? Cool. Two things to realize here: (1) Something WILL (and DID) happen. (2) You’re going to see it from space.
Can you feel the tension?? That was college. Hhhhhhhhhhhhhhheh. heheh. heh.
So now I’m no longer weird but a professional photographer and artist. DOPE!
I get this huge thrill knowing that I can make a camera stand up and sing and make strangers at weddings feel like a million bucks. Life is short, you know?
What that all means is I live my life with my hair on fire while dumping NASA grade rocket fuel over a fire.
So if you want someone to throw gas on your fire, I'm your artist. You want everyone at your wedding or family session enjoying themselves and feeling great when I'm around? BOOM I'm your favorite hydrazine-powered artist.
But if my vibe annoys or irritates you then, oh goodness, don't hire me. Why? Why would you do that to yourself?
If you want to check out my in-the-moment stream-of-conscious work then below is my Instagram feed @TheDif.
It’s a mix of how I think and what I’m shooting. Its a low calorie look into my mind without the annoyance of unconsented brain surgery.
The feed shows a moment-by-moment sense of what's going on in my life both professional and personal. You'll see how I see my family, my friends, my work. It's some pretty dope stuff.
Have fun and thanks for coming to my TED talk!