Morning Rituals with David Kitz

Longtime friend, photographer, and coffee lover David Kitz has been helping us document and share Canyon Coffee stories through his photographic art for many years.  We're excited to share a glimpse into his morning ritual, and some of his work we find most inspiring! 
Photographer David Kitz at home in Los Angeles drinking Canyon Coffee

Do you have a morning ritual? Has it changed over time?

My morning ritual has definitely changed over time. Before having kids i honestly didn’t have much of a ritual. It usually involved waking up, grabbing a coffee somewhere and heading out to surf. Now I’ve got a toddler and a 5 month old so my mornings start earlier than they used to and have much more of a rhythm to them. Our toddler practically wakes up with the sun and comes into bed with us. On our way upstairs we stop in the kitchen and he helps me grind and scoop our morning coffee. Then it’s cuddle time, usually some cartoons, and my wife and I enjoy our morning cups while we talk through the day ahead. I really cherish this time. 

 

 

What was your path into photography like? 

My path to photography started in high school when I took a classic black and white photo class—- we processed our own film, developed our own photos, and learned all of the basics of how cameras and lenses worked. I was honestly pretty average at taking pictures but I had a lot of fun with it and I knew it was something I wanted to keep doing. I’ve always liked tinkering with stuff, so the mechanics and chemistry involved really appealed to me. It wasn’t until I attended art school at UCLA for college that photography took on a more central focus in my life. After spending most of my time there making drawings and paintings, I took a few photo classes that dove heavily into the conceptual aspects/theory of photography…they really reshaped the way I looked at what it meant to take pictures, what kind of agency you can have.  I just knew I wanted to participate somehow. 

 Canyon Coffee featured in artist David Kitz's photography

Your still life photos always feel so natural and complete in their composition, yet whimsical at the same time. Do you imagine the objects you shoot having their own personalities or character? 

You could say that. I‘ve always thought that you can tell a story about people, about humanity in general through looking at the objects we make and surround ourselves with.  When choosing items for a still life, I’m always thinking, how can I use this in a way that shifts it’s meaning or it’s typical role? How can I make something banal exciting? How can I make something wear a different hat for just this moment? In doing so maybe I can paradoxically highlight what the object does signify. What associations it does carry. 

 

Canyon Coffee featured in artist David Kitz's photography

What do you love doing with photography? Are there things you’re trying to capture, or feelings you’re hoping to bring out in the viewer?

I think with any form of picture making, you’re asking the viewer for their time, for their attention. I always try to keep that in mind and offer something that can hold the viewer, even if just for a moment. One of the reasons I love balancing objects in my still life’s is that I’m creating something unstable, something truly temporary. Sometimes I’m snapping the picture during the split second something is balancing before it all falls.  In that sense, I’m capturing something that never really was…yet here it is, frozen in an image. That magic is always thrilling to me and I hope some of that delight transfers on to the viewer. 

Canyon Coffee featured in artist David Kitz's photography

See more of David's inspiring work here

 

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