Carousel, Photographers, Uncategorized — September 14, 2011 at 8:45 am

Photographer: RICHARD PEREZ

Rich Perez

Rich Perez


January Skyy presents you with an exclusive interview with the fantastic and extremely gifted photographer Richard Perez. His vision and ingenuity makes any image he takes amazing! His style is definitely idiosyncratic and his clients love him for that. We, January Skyy are thrilled to have him on the site and hope you all enjoy this interview on which he shares his views on photography and why it’s important to him.

 Tope: Are you a self taught photographer or did you have a mentor that showed you the ropes?

Richard: “A little bit of both, actually.  I’ve always been a visual person, but never actually knew how to execute completely, and I’m still learning.  As far as “mentors”, my professors at Delaware College of Art and Design taught me how to use the camera to capture what it is I want people to see, and what catches my eye as well.”

Tope: Where did you study photography?  When did you know this is what you wanted to be in life?

Richard: “I originally studied at the Delaware College of Art and Design, but I later transferred to Pratt Institute, where I’m currently enrolled. I knew this is what I wanted to be in life-as of recent, more like last year.  I have truly found myself through taking photographs. Even if it’s not fashion photography, I love random visuals of emotions, life, friends, or even the decisive moments. Like when you photograph something while in movement, for that split second, I just love those photographs, and what it represents.”

Tope: How do you decide on locations and subjects?

Richard: “If its fashion photography, I ask the model what vision they see for themselves and a blank white wall tends to work best however, I do believe in capturing people in their own environment or element.  The subjects are usually just ‘life’”.

Tope: Do you have a favorite walk around lens?  If so, what is it?

Richard: “I prefer photographing with an 18mm lens because it shows more details in the frame, and I prefer photographing horizontally, almost looks like a still frame from a movie.  It’s funny, but I really enjoy photographing using disposable cameras.  It adds mystery and excitement to my work.”

Tope: Do you have a favorite photograph?

Richard: “That’s hard.  I have a few that are really personal to me.  There’s this Black and White photo of a little girl on the shoulders of what appears as a family member. I took it at Times Square and all you really see in the photo is the girls eye.  The photo is street photography, and I took this photo awhile back, but I have to say, I think it’s my favorite so far.”

Tope: Why is photography important to you?

Richard: “I found out who I am through photography.  It’s a tool, or more so a machine of self expression that can express my ideas and document life for others to see.”

Tope: Do you think society would be different if photography was never invented?

Richard: “Yes, we would never know what anything looks like.  If not for photography, some people wouldn’t know what a horse looks like mid air.  It’s very vital to our history, especially capturing things the human eye can’t record.”

Tope: Does the price of a camera matter in ways that it affects the quality of the picture?

Richard: “No, not necessarily.  I like using disposable cameras; it gives me a sense of connection since I can actually touch them.  I’m as attached to them as with my photos from other cameras.”

Tope: Was photography just considered a hobby to you in the past?

Richard: “Yeah, in high school it was just a hobby.  I also used it as a confidence booster for myself, because people would ask me to take pictures of them.  It kind of made me feel belonged to something at the time.”

Tope: What motivates you to do what you do?

Richard: “Seeing and hearing about other photographers works, are my biggest influences-and it’s what keeps me motivated.”




-Tope Ajayi

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