Drinking with friends.

Q: MR. ARIAS, I’M CURRENTLY LIVING A LOT OF THE STUFF YOU TALK ABOUT WHEN YOU WERE STARTING OUT IN YOUR CAREER: EATING A BUNCH OF CEREAL, NO CABLE, NO EATING OUT, ETC. AND EVERY TIME YOU TALK ABOUT THIS STUFF, IT MAKES ME WANT TO GO DEEPER IN THE RABBIT HOLE. IT SUCKS. IT REALLY DOES. BEING HUNGRY SUCKS, BUT I WILL HUSTLE AS MUCH AS I CAN BECAUSE THIS IS ALL I GOT. NOW TO THE QUESTION: WHAT DO YOU CHERISH THE MOST ABOUT YOUR EARLY DAYS?

A: Good question. It’s one I think about quite often.

While I have grown as a photographer—grown in skill and confidence and all that—I can look back at my work when I was scraping the bottom and see a fire in my gut. I was fighting for every pixel and every dime back then, and there’s something ...

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