A GUY AND HIS LENS: JARROD ANDERSON
THIS IS JARROD, HE'S A PHOTOGRAPHER.
GET TO KNOW HIM + HIS ART BELOW.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got started in photography in January of 2016. Stumbled acrossed it honestly, I had a camera for a while and was just looking for ways to get some extra income... I took a few photos, and next thing you know, I'm in love.
What is your subject focus?
I shoot any and everything. As far as what I brand myself as though, I'd say I wanna be classified as a fashion/beauty photographer.
How would you describe your art to someone who has never seen it before?
My work is primarily and intentionally black af. I feel as though blacks aren't properly represented in media, so I try to do my best to offset that with my work. Love, style, peace, tranquility, and swag is something I try to capture in my shots. I wasn't to capture my people in their best and brightest light.
How do you feel Black men are represented in the photography world?
I've seen black men represented in several ways, some positive some negative. It really depends on how the photographer and the media source is trying to portray a person. If they want to show positivity it's not hard to find some young black male doctors or lawyers graduating from an ivy league, but if they want to show us as angry and troublesome, the media is quick to grab a photo of a black man's mugshot.
Do you feel there are any negative stigmas around Black male photographers?
I don't think I've ever encountered any negative stigmas as a black male photographer. Not to say that they don't exist, just that I haven't had any personal experience with any to speak on it.
If there is one thing you can say to the key holders of the art world, what would it be?
I'd say, just try to learn from any piece you encounter. Not saying you have to be the biggest fan of an artist or that you even have to like their work, but at least be willing to check it out and try to see the bigger meaning to whatever piece it is they created. It takes a lot to create and most of us just want feedback, whether positive or negative.
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