We had the good fortune of connecting with Bertram Knight and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bertram, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Risk taking plays a key role in my career. As a freelancer there are often periods of time where a number of factors in my career can be unclear and the future can be a bit foggy. Over time I’ve trained my mind to focus on the aspects of my career that I can control. Those aspects are: my approach to my craft, and my execution of growing in said craft. I’ve always believed your attitude determines your altitude. Manifesting the life you want for yourself and believing in said manifestation are the first steps to making your goals your realities. I have held this mantra very close to myself over the years, and will continue to do so as I mature as an artist and a human.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I want the world to know that my work is representative of my story and the stories of those Ive observed around me. I want the world to know that art should push boundaries and challenge our perceptions of reality, while bringing to light potential realities that could be available to us if we opened our hearts and minds. I plan to use photography as a medium to humanize and celebrate those in society who have been misunderstood, misrepresented, and undervalued. It is imperative that we use our gifts and abilities to uplift, as well as enlighten those around us. I want to use my gifts to push forward visual narratives of love, inclusion, and understanding of things and beings that disrupt our conceptions of normalcy. What’s normal anyway?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I think some of the most interesting things to do can also be some of the most rudimentary activities. Watching a favorite movie, playing soothing tunes, or going for a drive to explore locations and nature are some of my go to activities. I generally prefer active venues as well such as: bowling, basketball, laser tag, paintball. Experiencing things for the first time with good friends often transform the simplest of moments into everlasting memories.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Throughout my journey as an artist I have had a number of key mentors and supportive individuals who have furthered my understanding of what it truly means to be a student of the arts. One of the most notable contributors is Wesley Bernard. A photographer himself, Wesley Bernard was one of my first photography instructors when I attended SUNY Oneonta in upstate NY. Our relationship immensely contributed to my love for photography. His vibrant and witty personality made learning great artists of the past a treasure rather than a chore. In my early years as an artist I had difficulties finding a sense of my direction in my work. Wesley helped to nurture that sense of direction and help me instill an artistic identitiy in myself. His words of encouragement gave me much needed motivation that i cherished in those early stages of my artistry. For that I will always be appreciative to Wesley Bernard and ultimately SUNY Oneonta for providing me the tools i needed to grow as a student of the arts.
A huge thank you to all the creatives I’ve collaborated with throughout the years. And a special thank you to the following individuals shown in the images: Stacy Ynoa Imani Gray Mohamet Mbaye Sokhna Diop Storm Dove Frederick Lihem Russom Kortnei Garrett Whitney Mercy Calvin Dash