Creatively Cool 2015: Diamond Dixon
THE EYE WITH PROMISE
She admits she’s still growing into her own being, but Diamond Dixon has no doubt photography and filmmaking is what she’s meant to do.
“I got into photography around 10. My grandfather gave me one SLR camera at 10 and another right before he passed,”Dixon said. “I really think I got into photography because my family loves photographs, in general.”
Everyone, from her dad to her grandmother, captured life moments on film. To this day, she recalled, Dixon still has the rolls of undeveloped film of photographs her grandmother took. “It was during my 10th grade year in high school when I decided photography was my life’s work,” she said.
The 22-year-old Virginia native moved to Maryland when she was 6-years-old, and has since lived in at least six different parts of the state, from Prince George’s County to Baltimore. “I’ve lived in Gulport, Mississippi, too,” she said. Although she has moved around quite a bit, she’s found footing in Charm City, being inspired by her surroundings, and sharing with the world what she sees through her lens.
Photographing everything from portraits to music concerts, Dixon eventually fell in love with filmmaking, and is now working on a documentary, called B-MORE. In the film, she’s exploring music and city experiences through the lives of two brothers from Northeast Baltimore.
“I hope to uncover the many layers and minds of the young people in the city,” she said. “My end goal for B-MORE is to make a positive impact in the city.”
“I hope to give people another perspective and for it to inspire the go-getters of the city to create their own path.”
Quite a feat for such a young mind, but Dixon doesn’t think age has anything to do with creating impactful work. “Maturity is more a factor,” she said. “To produce great work you have to have a passion and also be dedicated to creating quality work.”
With such confidence, Dixon still isn’t sure she stands out just yet, hoping that her work will allow for her to do so. But, we have a feeling Diamond Dixon is bound to be a more common name in the creative world in Baltimore, and beyond.