Chad Madson is wheelchair-bound, nonverbal and solely has using one arm.
However the 37-year-old doesn’t let cerebral palsy hold him from pursuing his ardour for pictures.
Even together with his bodily limitations, the Lincoln man takes professional-quality images with the assistance of a custom-made tripod attachment for his wheelchair and help from Area V Companies.
“Since having my digicam on my powerchair in entrance of me, I’m able to independently do the entire digicam settings with no assist,” he mentioned in a written response to questions. “As my curiosity grew stronger, my ardour for pictures grew.”
The tripod was particularly made to suit the attachment that usually holds his iPad and simply slides into place. From there, Madson is ready to management his digicam with a distant and take images with ease.
Earlier than he had the tripod constructed, Madson used a webcam attachment for his laptop and a smaller tripod he wrapped across the arm of his wheelchair.
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Area V Companies assists Madson with promotion and transportation to and from websites.
He’s fully self-taught and discovered his abilities from watching YouTube tutorials about pictures and photograph modifying.
Fifteen years later, Madson now has his personal enterprise — CAMpix Pictures and Portraits — the place he sells his images and presents portraits by means of his web site.
He has plans to additional develop his buyer base and supply low-income households with reasonably priced portraits.
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“My philosophy is I’d reasonably promote 5 images at decrease costs than one at a better worth,” he mentioned. “That’s 5 new followers for me that I didn’t have earlier than. Phrase of mouth is essential.”
Whereas he notably enjoys photographing deserted barns, he additionally pictures landscapes, flowers, animals and different objects.
Madson believes within the energy of a second and preserving historical past with images. Due to that, he not often edits his images previous adjusting the brightness and distinction.
“Fully altering the look of my work simply isn’t my fashion. I would like my work to look as unique to the precise surroundings as doable,” he mentioned.
All through his pictures journey, Madson has confronted a number of obstacles, together with the promotion of his enterprise in the course of the peak of the pandemic.
Nonetheless, he manages to concentrate on the positives.
“I’ve no struggles,” he mentioned. “I’ve all the time had a really constructive outlook on life. I have a tendency to remain targeted on what I can do as a substitute pondering negatively on what isn’t reasonable for me. I’ve all the time had that positivity, at the same time as a child.”
Along with his web site, Madson additionally shows his work at a number of locations in Lincoln, together with Bryan Well being System, the College of Nebraska-Lincoln and several other coffeeshops.
In the course of the month of Might, he’ll show his work on the Loft Gallery on UNL’s East Campus.
“I hope my story will encourage anybody to consider in themselves and to go for his or her desires,” he mentioned. “All of us have hopes. If extra folks would assume constructive about themselves, the sky’s the restrict.”
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