Vizual Ape

Vizual Ape

YOUNG JEFE  

noun || yəNG ˈhefā

Vizual Ape is a full-time photographer. 

VIZUAL APE

YJ: Has what you’re doing now been a life-long interest?

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VA: No! I started photography about two  years ago and during my Sophomore year of college, I put college on pause  to pursue my photography as a full-time career. Prior to that, my partner and I, Rico, would take iPhone pictures on campus. It's a funny story people would laugh then after a while people would ask for us to conduct  photo-shoots or what cameras did we use . After a while, we invested in real cameras  and started to shoot every day after our classes. I would shoot parties or models for little to no bread. I would let people step on me and charge them cheap. I kept progressing and finding out more and more. There was days I even skipped class to shoot different projects I had in my head. It took me some to realize that I didn't have time to juggle both. So I eased into lighter classes and the rest is history. And don't get me wrong, I was scared. I knew I was meant for this and I knew my vibes were different

YJ: How would your categorize your body of work? 

VA: As a body of work, I'd categorize it as culture lifestyle. 

YJ: What do you think is different about your creative process vs other photographers? 

VA: I'm very detail oriented. I make sure everything is clean and the subject or focus of my image looks presentable. I have my times where I take ten hours to edit a photo just because I leave it alone and come back to it to add more edits little by little instead of forcing a vibe. I feel like a lot of other photographers might take two hours editing a mass group of photos just because its easier. 

YJ: What would you say to someone who may think that their talent is not an ideal career path?

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VA: If you think your talent isn't an ideal career path, then it isn't your talent. You shouldn't be scared. Keep pushing and be (very) patient. 

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Also, don't look at other people in terms of progression. Everyone has their own timeline. You will win too! 

YJ: What’s been your favorite photoshoot/photo moment so far?

VA:  I love them all! But if I had to pick, my favorite it was the first time I shot Christian Combs during New York Fashion Week of last year. Around that time, everything was moving so fast. I took a picture, it made its way to him, we hung out and now were cool. That week was when I realized how important it is to be fast and efficient and that's when I got to test out my new style I was working on at the time . Everything started picking up and things went my way. The lesson I took away from that experience was that "Everyone is always watching so perform like its your last time." 

YJ: What would be photo project you’d like to cross off your bucket list?

VA: Travis Scott! His energy is crazy. I shot with him before at his birthday last year, but we have to do more. 

YJ: What are you still looking to achieve?

VA: I'm looking to become one of the greatest artist and directors there is in the world. I want to deliver vibes and hope to people who struggled like I have. I want too be the voice of people from small towns with big dreams.  A matter of fact! I want to show the world a kid from a small town can make a huge difference ! I also want to model and design my own Merch in the near future. I want to achieve pure happiness. 

 

 

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