We had the good fortune of connecting with Kwesi Mark and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kwesi, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I guess I fell into this career by accident. It felt like an natural extension of what I was already doing. I did photography for myself and my friends for a few years and at some point I thought it was something I can pursue professionally. I at least wanted to give it a try, because I wasn’t a big fan of the office work I was doing before.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My background in event photography definitely influenced my editorial work. I developed a pretty good understanding of people and how they usually react in a situation. So that social aspect comes into play when working with models, because you now know what ways people look good and also how to work with someone to get good photos. I am also a big fan of light, color and scenes.. Light and color are pretty self-explanatory, I try to portray a warmth in my work because that’s what I like. Its my personality bleeding in, I’m generally bright positive person. Scene can be looked at as both the subject actual environment or the feel/ambiance. I want my work to feel like that there’s a whole world connected to the frames of it and not just an isolated thing. Thats harder to do in a studio setting than it is in location. What I like to do is think about why I want to take this photo or video, then when I get that answer I think about what ways can I showcase that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First would be a bonfire at Dockweiler Beach. The most fun I’ve had is being at bonfire parties at the beach. The Aquarium Of The Pacific in Long Beach is also a really good time with friends. Fratelli Café is one of my favorites places to get Breakfast and Lunch at, really good food. And if they’re down for some people watching, daytime drinking in the outdoor sitting of The Village idiot on Melrose is probably way more entertaining then it should be.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give a shout out to my friend Sincere Dennis. A lot of the opportunities I’ve gotten came from learning and working with him. And I also want to give a shout out to The Wave NYC, an event company based in New York City. Working with them from the ground up helped my portrait photography skills developed a lot.
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