We had the good fortune of connecting with Vel Images and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Vel, what role has risk played in your life or career?
My life would be nothing without the opportunities presented through the risks I’ve taken. To me lifes all about calculated-risks, the benefits should always out way the risks. When I wanted to get into photography at nineteen my mentors allowed me to use their lighting equipment to get started only to pull them away and encourage me to invest in myself. So I ended up selling my car just to buy lights. This was my first investment and risk to start the domino affect that would be my career. After seeing the benefits of that I would then go as far as moving across country leaving everyone I love and everything I know behind. Just to shoot my shot when it came to a career in the film industry. With every risk taken a lesson was learned, wether things worked out for the best I now knew I was stronger and wiser for taking the chance. Putting myself out there allowed me to meet liked minded individuals who helped my vision come full circle. The more chances I took, the more I bet on myself the further life would take me!
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.
My journey was an unconventional one, I always knew what I wanted to do with my art form. I always wanted to uplift the voiceless and represent groups of individuals who are often overlooked. My art tends to have a deep focus on marginalized groups of minority people. Telling the story of their struggles and triumphs. My job is to show the power of vulnerability through visual art forms and storytelling. I truly believer everyone deserves to be celebrated and if I can focus my art on that it’ll carry me and it has. I have only got this far simply being true to myself and the stories I choose to tell. It’s taught me that honesty is rare in this industry and if delivered correctly it will be respected across all groups. The only thing you need to know about my brand is that we do it for the culture.
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?
As I am a transplant to LA I mean I have a few cool spots but nothing to crazy. I’d probably start the day bike riding on the beach at Santa Monica, then head to castaway in Burbank for brunch. Hit the broad for lunch to checkout a new exhibit and maybe get lost downtown until dinner time then I’d say hit up Sage and end the night on a the rooftop of EP LP
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would love to shoutout my brother and business partner Kevin J. Nelson of 1804 Films
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