Narrative Series Downtown Los Angeles: Leo
Ancestry. It doesn't have to do with the color of my skin as much as it has to do with being an artist. It has everything to do with what I'm about. I'm a Christian, and there's an ancestry to that. I'm an artist, and there's an ancestry to that. It forms how hard I want to go because I know that someone else came before me that made it possible for me to stand in this studio right now. That is not something that is always able to happen. There is a spirit and an energy to that. I want to do right by that, this is bigger than me because I will be someone else's ancestry. I think that's the way the world moves, why the spirit moves and energy flows...it doesn't stop, it keeps going - Leo
I hosted an all day portrait session as part of a personal project called the Narrative Series. Eight different people responded, and all I asked for in exchange was their story. No one was really sure what would happen, I just knew I wanted to connect with people on a deeper level.
Leo came in to the studio with an energy and a purpose that was palpable. He had really thought about what he wanted to say, and how he wanted to visually express those ideas. He brought in three different outfits with themes for each one: Ancestry, Hedonism, Culturist. His openness and wisdom within each theme had a breadth and depth I really enjoyed conversing about and photographing.
Leo is definitely someone to watch, and I'm really excited where his art will take him. Here are a few links to some of his work: