Interview with Photographer / Kennedy Desousa | Edition XII

How do you describe your Photography to people?
Vivid and versatile. When I shoot I push to make a mundane location surreal and the subject pop out basically combine the two to make a new visual experience. I always say “I’m a photographer not a judge” so I’ve been open to wide range of subjects.

I see you Photography in a wide range of subjects from beauty to music artist, what’s your favorite?
Depends on the person I’m shooting. I love shooting music artist that really are passionate about their craft or models that are truly motivated to be the best they can be. I enjoy both subjects equally but it’s the individuals that have something about them that intensifies my own interests. I sometimes pick subjects who just have something weird about them that I see perfect for my at moment visions.

Did your early photographic goals include earning a living from photography, or did it start as a way to express yourself creatively?
That’s a good question. When I first started I just wanted to create anything I wanted to create and I figured a living would come along with it. Like my first glamour shoot ever to be honest I was drunk at my house party taking pics of everyone and a friend of mine was like did you ever think about doing glamour photography and I said no but sounds fun. The next day we snuck in an abandoned TB ward outside of LA with one of the girls I was shooting the night before and not only I almost got arrest but I been hooked on that genre ever since. These days I have that outlook on creating but now I keep in mind overhead, budget, and the potential of that individual project, because if I don’t think that way I’ll end up being like Oscar the grouch and angry bitter old man living inside of a trash can on Sesame Street :).

Do you remember your first photography sale?
Yes, it was a few months after I graduated college. I helped these artist do a last minute promo shoot for an interview with Universal, but that was the last time I said pay me what you think this was worth. When I first came out I thought people could and might appreciate photographers for their work if you did a good job and boy was I wrong. Also, I’m not going to mention the names of the artists but they got a deal and the main guy blew all the money on fancy cars and jewelry. They not only never came out but I walked away with less than $100 and blew the money in Tijuana Mexico . Boy was I young and reckless.

Who are some people you would like to work with?
1. Linnea Quigley I grew up on horror movies and she was my child hood favorite like most kids these days love Hannah Montana)
2. Prince I grew up listening to him and he is one of my favorite artists, he, himself and his whole being is just unique and perfect for what I love to make.
3. Mya I always loved Mya’s look since I first seen her on Urban Xpressions around 14 years ago. I’ve known a lot of people that knew her personally but I never pushed to meet her because I’d probably be star struck. I hung out with Vivica Fox and had a good conversation with Magic Johnson and I didn’t get star struck with them so you see how excited I would be to shoot her.
4. Barak Obama. I never thought I’d live to see America’s first mixed president :) and yes he’s mix just like me, except I’m half Asian.

Do you feel like what you are doing is important?
Yes, whether we discover them or not we all are born with a skill for our life mission. Visually I have something to share with the world but at the moment I’m working towards the next level of creating and that’s to change the lives of individuals for the bigger cause. How that will happen I’m not sure but it’s unfolding day by day.

Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
Of course Art is crucial. When archeologist discover civilizations lost in time some of the ways we learn about the culture and lifestyle is mostly from the art ( statues, paintings, etchings and etc.) Art is our record and art is always a good way to convey ideas and enlighten the people down the line, because a person doesn’t have to understand language to understand art.

Lastly, could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
Long term I’m focused on continuing on making quality work. I dabbled into the night life scene to practice my craft in a low light situation now that I found what I felt was missing in my work through live shooting in low light situations I’m ready to start a whole new line of work with jewels of knowledge. I also have plans to work on a project much bigger than myself, but that I will unravel in time.