I was 18 years old when I had first picked up my very own dslr. I got into photography because of my depression. I had no idea what to do with my life. I felt like I was stuck in a black hole..My friend Corbin took me to Houston and asked me if I wanted to go climb a building.. I had no idea what I was in for, so me being me, I said YES! Corbin took me up rooftopping, and that is where I fell in love. The views, the adrenaline, everything was just a gasp of new air after drowning in depression for so long. Later that night I got introduced to Andrew.. The way he took his shots and videos was remarkable.. I fell in love with his amazing creative shots. I had to create... After years of practicing videography and photography, I finally have the courage to make my own website and share it with you all! ~Nxdvisuals
PROVENIRE – The Latin root of the word “provenance”, “a record of ownership of a work of art used as a guide to authenticity or quality.”
Seems like every creative has a story behind what they do, huh? For me, it was when shit hit the fan. Growing up I lived in a household with both of my parents, my younger sister, and my brother who, unfortunately, was heavily disabled and suffered from terminal health conditions who passed away when I was 16. After that, and until very recently, I struggled heavily with finding joy in almost anything. I put down my guitar, locked my pencil in a drawer, and lost my soul in superficial, short-term pleasures. I gave up the few things that brought me joy and, at it’s culmination, it was enough to make me want to take my life. It wasn’t until I met two of my best friends, NXDVISUALS and Michael, that I found my passion and the empowerment to illustrate my vision through photography. Growing up, I had always had a creative mind. I loved nothing more than to draw, paint, write music… I was creating with almost any medium I could get my hands on. After meeting these guys, though, I always knew that I wanted to share my visions and creativity with the world in a profound way, I just could never arrive at a final product I was truly satisfied with. Once I adopted my first Nikon, I found my artistic freedom. My images focus on capturing and illustrating uncomfortable topics that may be difficult to start a conversation about, but that I feel a lot of people struggle with internally. My primary color, red, is the color of love AND hate. My masks, which I have been dedicating a lot of time to create by hand, touch on the different demons some of us struggle with daily. This all comes together to form the basis for my work – Find, understand, and don’t be afraid to talk about the dark parts of your mind. We all struggle in some way, but until we can learn to LOVE the things we silently HATE about ourselves, we will never truly see the beauty of our scenery.
I am PRØVENIRE, and this is my story in 24 megapixels.
Hello. My name is Dave. I travel the United States exploring and photographing abandoned and off-limits places. I’ve been on top of the Williamsburg Bridge, down in the depths of the subways, and ventured into abandoned amusement parks, insane asylums, power plants, theaters, schools, factories, churches, you name it. I’ve rooftopped seventy story skyscrapers and climbed collapsing grain elevators. But really, I’m just an ordinary guy. Up until about 3 years ago my life was pretty mundane and boring. I had only a few friends and never really did much of anything exciting. I’m from Maryland and aside from occasionally hanging out in Washington D.C., I didn’t really go anywhere or do anything interesting. Life just sucked. I worked a boring 9-5 bank teller job and my life was stuck in a rut. When I was younger though, I used told people I wanted to be an explorer when I grew up. I have always had a passion for maps and traveling, but never had much of a chance to get out places. One day that all changed however, when I discovered a huge abandoned hospital close to where I worked. One night I decided to risk it all and explore it with a buddy of mine. It ended up being one of the most thrilling experiences of my life up to that point and I was instantly hooked. I really didn’t even realize that “urbex” was a thing at the time, but I became more and more intrigued with finding abandoned and off-limits places. Eventually, after a number of adventures, I began to realize that I needed a camera in order to better document my adventures. I invested in one and began to use it. Part of the reason I take pictures is to inspire others to get out and push their limits. I appreciate the art as well, but I really find joy in showing all the amazing sights to other people as well. My hope is that people can see my work and be motivated to get outside of their comfort zone and do the things they have always dreamed about. I’ve been lucky to have had that opportunity myself, and I believe it it something that could change many peoples lives. For me photography and exploring go hand in hand. I am motivated to take pictures when I explore, and the unique photo opportunities inspire me to get out and find new places. Photography and exploring have changed my life and helped me cope through many tough times. I feel that I am a natural born explorer at heart and am creatively driven as well. I guess the moral of this story is don’t settle. Don’t put limits on your life. Follow your dreams, whatever they may be, and live outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be amazed at how truly fantastic life can be when you live out your passion.