We had the good fortune of connecting with Ibarionex Perello and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ibarionex, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I enjoyed the feeling associated with being creative. There’s been nothing else that has provided me the sense of achievement and satisfaction that comes from making photographs and writing. Early in my life I just knew that this was what I wanted to do with my life and I’ve been blessed that my life has reflected that. It’s not because of any grand plan, but that I’ve taken advantage of the opportunities to do so when they were presented to me.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a photographer who most known for my travel and street photography. However, my practice is more about finding the interesting and the beautiful in the ordinary and mundane. I always have a camera with me and am constantly looking for opportunities to render a scene into an engaging photograph. Since my years in college when I began working for the college newspaper, I have gravitated to work that allowed me to work as a photographer, writer, editor, and now podcaster. My desire to be creative encouraged me to learn the skills needed to do each job to the best of my inability, even when I lacked initial experience. I’ve learned over the years that all is required is that I do my best and not to pursue perfection. As part of that, I learned that I didn’t need to know everything. I just had to be willing to ask for help when needed.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would recommend exploring Downtown Los Angeles. It’s an unusual part of the city that has managed to retain much of its legacy and history, despite the recent development and gentrification. Otherwise, I would take them to a variety of areas in Los Angeles including East Los Angeles, Silverlake, East Hollywood, Venice, Pasadena, and other areas that are rich with a diversity of cultures and foods.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My parents always supported my creative efforts including buying me my first typewriter when I was in middle school, paying for my film and processing, and supporting all my creative efforts. Their sacrifice and encouragement were invaluable.