Anthony Barlich - Photography
Why/How did you choose your specific craft?
Originally, I began college as a Painting and Drawing major. After a few struggles with the practicality of my choice, I switched to Graphic Design and continued with that discipline for a year, or so. Once again, I struggled with my choice, but for different reasons. I was spending too much time indoors behind a computer screen, and most difficultly, away from people. I always loved taking photographs and had an increasing desire to be outside the walls of the lab and around people. Photography provided me with the perfect opportunity to work with people (interesting and inspirational people, at that), to create beautiful things and to pursue my interests in various outlets. It still amazes me what photography has allowed me to see, experience and be a part of. I’ve been in the OR during a surgery, on the field at countless sporting matches and in the most intimate moments with newlywed couples. I’m incredibly thankful that my personality and insatiable interests really chose this craft for me.
What excited you about the Bohemian House project?
I’ve always been excited about something new, whether that’s a place, an activity, a food or a drink - the variety and challenges are life-giving. The BoHo project was going to be new for a few reasons. I would be intimately involved with branding a restaurant in arguably one of the best food cities in the world, I would be photographing the space, food and staff, and I would be project managing a creative team who’s responsible for all things visual at the restaurant. What’s not exciting about all of that? The BoHo folks we’re also a blast to be around and they had great passion/vision, which made the process exhilarating.
What was your inspiration behind your work at Bohemian House?
My inspiration came from my team, from the city of Chicago itself, but mainly (as all of my projects do), the vision came from my interactions with the people involved. I tried to incorporate the conversations we had, the body-language I observed and the people I knew BoHo would be a collection of, into each creative decision. Every project is unique - every wedding, every head shot, every shoot requires a deep connection to the subject or the people involved.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Everyone’s different, but I believe an artist’s work is a direct result of what drives them, of what the artist truly values and how he or she sees value in the world around them. I really try to see the value in everyone I meet, and that shapes the way I create work for clients or for myself. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and Erwin McManus beautifully says this in his book The Artisan Soul, “Art is an interpretation of life. Art is an expression of our emotions; art is an interpretation of our experiences; art in its highest form is a mirror of life. If life is a work of art and life is to become our most creative act, then we must realize that our lives will be our most profound interpretation of what it truly means to be human. Through our lives, we paint a picture of what we believe and what we have experienced.”
What’s your secret for staying true to your individual style?
Simply put, it’s staying true to who I am and reminding myself of what I’ve come from. Being thankful and fighting for a posture of contentment is really crucial for me as well. Practically, it looks like photo walks around the city, shooting/creating for myself and restful trips away from the city. These trips usually incorporate nature; therefore, I can recharge and remember why I’m so incredible fortunate to be doing this for a living.
Professionally, what does the future of your business look like?
Pursuing new things will always be a part of future plans. However, I’m really focused on polishing the areas where I sense momentum is building. I’ve been working on a commercial sports portfolio that I would love to finish and push to some agencies in 2015. We’re really thriving over at my wedding brand Hitch & Sparrow, so I’m excited to see where else that company evolves into and takes us this year.
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” – Soren Kierkegaard
Do yourself a favor and order the Potato Pancakes, Bacon Buns, Pork Schnitzel, a Praga Dark and the Coffee & Doughnuts at BoHo. Seriously, my mouth is watering right now just typing this.