GONZALES, LA (WVLA) — To be an artist, you need a vision. One local photographer's creativity is taking him to places he's never imagined.
Photography, for Tate Tullier, it started off as just a hobby.
"I can see what I'm creating immediately. Whereas with other art forms, it takes more patience, more time," Tullier said.
But now, it's his living. Tate has been doing this for 20 years.
"Even though communication can be a barrier sometimes, I think it's all about how you approach things and how you do things," Tullier said. "They see your previous work, and they feel more confident. That kind of thing, I like that challenge."
Most would think Tate's deafness would hold him back, but Tate said that is not his biggest challenge.
"Once people started seeing my work, I had to include that I was deaf. People have been very accepting of that, and it's never really been an issue," Tullier said. "At some point it is a challenge because I'm myself in this big world of hearing people, but I think my biggest challenge at first was actually my competition."
That's why the Louisiana-native wanted to step outside of the box with a project that's a little different.
"It started off because I always had a fascination with tubs," Tullier explained.
It's called "Tub Time with Tate."
"From that point on, I took a few self-portraits in the tub. I put them on Facebook, and people liked it," Tullier said. "What you can create together in such an intimate situation, it's really a beautiful thing."
This project took tate all the way to the Dyer Arts Center in Rochester, New York for his first solo exhibit.
"That was amazing because not often do you have the opportunity to show your work in a big gallery with people coming to see it," Tullier said.
Tate does not put his photography on a canvas or photo paper. He actually put his photography on metal.
"It might be cool to apply something that can't be damaged by water, and I start thinking 'Oh yeah! Metal!'" Tullier said.
With help from his wife Sarah, Tate wants to take his work even further and give back to the community along the way.
"In the long run, it can put good to other charities and donate money in the name of art," Tullier said.
Tate does plan on having an exhibit in Baton Rouge in the near future.
If you want to see more of Tate's work or learn more about him, you can go to the links below:
Special thanks to Deaf Focus for sending out Landon Walker for interpreting. To learn more about Deaf Focus and the services they offer, you can go to the link below: