Interview with Photographer / King Texas | Edition VII
How do you describe your Photography to people?
Funny how I had to answer this last. My art is a documentation of moments within our time.. whether it be of events, artists, the gentrification of this city, the journey to success, the struggles of the artistic life, and more. My art is a departure from the world we live in, and an introduction to the mystical and psychedelic state of my mind (& our minds). My art is a representation of the underdogs, the poor, the middle class, my people, and the future of the world (the new children). My art is the expansion of knowledge, myself, and my peers .
Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start as a way to express yourself creatively?
When I think about it, I didn’t have any artistic goals starting out so I guess it was a way to express myself creatively. I didn’t know whether or not I wanted to do this for the rest of my life, mainly because I felt like I wasn’t expressing myself through photography the way I wanted to. It’s a frustrating process when it comes to an artist growing creatively. However, the older I got the more I wanted to make this work, and I still continue to do so.
Do you remember your first photography sale?
Financially, I haven’t had any sales. I could tell you the first time I had someone tell me how much my work meant to them. I think that surpasses any future sales I will make.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
I already work with some of the best people in New York City. By working with them – I photograph them, and together we improve our brands.
Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
It’s the most important thing in my entire life. To know that you and others in your surroundings are slowly changing the world and the way art is presented is the heaviest weight in the world that you can carry. However, it has to be done.
Having lived in or around Brooklyn New York for many years, do you have any tips for photographers coming to New York?
Go to the real areas of New York City and document them because they are slowly disappearing. You will never find anything real on N. 6th but you can find some of the realest situations in Bedstuy.
Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
Art has always had a continuing relationship with the rest of the world. That is how we telepathically connect. How would you visually know what is going on in Guyana? Haiti? Dominican Republic? Puerto Rico? Italy? California? New Orleans? Photography, words, installations, art..
It’s the only thing that can create peace and solitude in this world.