Say hello to Chris :
Where are you from? Where have you been?
I am from Boston, MA. I have been living here all my life, but I have been out of Boston plenty of times – I’ve been to New York City and Virginia. My family had a house down in Virginia Beach back in 1999 to 2004 – we always went down there and stayed for weeks until my family got rid of the house. During those visits, we’d travel to New York City to the Bronx – to this day, I still visit New York City often, but the last time I was in Virginia Beach was in 2014. I am planning to go back and stay for a while – I miss that place. Even though Boston was where I was born, it feels like I’m going home when I visit New York City and Virginia Beach.
What’s your favorite place in the world?
I really don’t have a favorite place, but when I sit and think of a place I enjoyed, it would b New York City. I love the pure energy of that place.
How would you describe your visual style?
I don’t have a visual style to be honest. I ask myself that same question – what type of style is this in the manner I capture and edit my photos. However, I found that I do all types of styles with my photos, but my favorite style is my vintage 90s era – I’m still stuck in the 90s to early 2000 to this day.
How do you find your inspiration?
From plenty of photographers on my Instagram, but after all the photos I have created in the past two years, I find inspiration from my old work these days. When I revisit those places from where I previously captured images, I try and do a better job and implement all the things I have learned since that time.
Do you get photographer’s block? If so, how do you overcome that?
Yes, all the time. After that moment of missing the shot I could’ve taken, I go back in my mind and think of ways of how the perfect shot could have been captured.
You’re also a music producer – tell us about that aspect of your artistry.
Yes, I do music – I produce House Music. I enjoy being a DJ and a Producer at the same time – making my own music and sharing it with so many people that love House Music. I haven’t been producing for long, I just started this year and I’m learning every moment I make a new song.
Tell us about your career. How did you get into it?
I have been involved with music since I was eight years old. My older brother influenced my pursuit in music – when we were young, I followed him around a lot. Over time, we began DJing at clubs/parties together. We started from Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae-Dancehall, Reggaeton, and more, and now we do House Music. We didn’t start producing until we switched to House Music. We’ve created music individually and as a team. We grew up listening to so many genres of music that we understand the history behind it.
What types of photography do you do?
I do urban and city photography the most. I love capturing a moment within the bustle of a city. Looking back at those photos stirs so much nostalgia.
What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?
Not being able to travel to places when I want to capture different areas and happenings.
Of the photos you’ve taken, which are your three favorites.
I don’t have three favorites, but I do have a favorite from a shoot in downtown Boston. I was shooting street and architecture and I just loved the energy the city evoked. Shooting in Manhattan is always a blast as well. I recall those as my favorite times of being a photographer.
Photography is competitive. How do you stand out?
Yes it is, I take pictures that most people won’t take, also without editing them like it’s real. When I’m taking pictures during that moment, it might be crazy and insane, but I can say I did it.
What’s the best advice you can think of for someone just starting in photography?
Never think too much when you’re in the moment of taking pictures of anything – take your time and try your best.
How do you express yourself through your photography?
They are all through my photos – it depends on what type of day it is – sunny, cloudy, rainy, or snowy. And it can stand for anything, but it’s the way the photo is captured.
Do you have any projects you’d like to show off?
Not right now, there aren’t any in progress, but I will have something coming in 2017.
What is your most life-changing event?
Doing something I never thought I could do, until I tried it and achieved it.
What will you be doing five years from now?
I expect to be either a big DJ or a full-time photographer – maybe I can achieve both at the same time.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
I really can’t think of anything crazy, but I think taking photos while driving is something crazy and unsafe, but I do it to get that chance of the shot that clicks in my mind while I’m driving.
What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?
Travel around the world.
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