Capturing Raw: Blade shoots what exists

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Blade produces emotionally provoking work centering around human activity.

Blade’s work tends to have a straightforward message, and be very blunt.

I really like capturing natural human emotion and natural human interactions, that’s really what inspires me most as an artist …I just like capturing images, I like the pictures that I take and I don’t really care if anyone doesn’t like them. I don’t ever expect to get paid for it,” he said.

Blade’s eye for his work involves honesty, truth and so much emotion, all the way to his editing style and title of work. Because of his focus on expression, he lacks the hinderance of the trying-to-make-it mindset. Equipped with a $20 point and shoot camera, he’s able to stay on the move with his work and doesn’t seem to worry about the highest quality.

I really like capturing natural human emotion and natural human interactions

-Mitch Blade

Going to college in Duluth, Blade spends his time photographing as well as selling clothing with his organization called “Selfish Supply.” Selfish Supply is a nonprofit that works to  save people from dehydration and starvation, lower water waste, and donate to environmental groups that make a difference.

Mitch Blade

Blade founded a non-profit clothing brand “Selfish Supply.” “I want everyone to know that … people need to do things for yourself[sic], because only you know yourself entirely, and you should be nice to yourself,” he said.

Blade wants to promote positivity.

“I want everyone to know that they are loved and they are unique and they are awesome and that people need to do things for yourself[sic], because only you know yourself entirely, and you should be nice to yourself,” he said.

His message is simple, “to be your own person, to live and better yourself, to care about yourself and love yourself.”  

More of his work can be found on Instagram @Mitch_Blade, and keep up with Selfish Supply online at selfishsupply.org.

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