MEET THE ARTISTS:
Andre L. Perry
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP: I’m from West Philadelphia born and raised…you know the rest!
WHEN DID YOU FIRST BECOME INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY: I became interested in photography after seeing the movie Love Jones in 1997 with Larenz Tate and Nia Long. I immediately became obsessed with the world of photography, poetry, and jazz. Ultimately I wanted to be a Renaissance man just like Larenz Tate’s character Darius Lovehall.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU: That’s a tough question because I can literally find inspiration in everything - from visiting my neighborhood bodega, to riding the train and people watching in Soho or Williamsburg.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE IMAGE THAT YOU'VE TAKEN: During a trip to Nigeria, I visited a market and noticed a beautiful young lady talking to her friend. Prior to asking if I could take her photo, I remembered how difficult it was taking pictures of locals. The people I encountered did not like their pictures taken without permission. As I approached her I made sure to ask if I could take her picture in a way that wasn’t invasive. Once she agreed I took two snaps and THIS happened!!
WHAT ARE ONE OR TWO OF YOUR FAVORITE MOMENTS FROM PAST SHOOTS: My all-time favorite moment while shooting was falling into a pool trying to get the perfect shot. Of course, it wasn't funny at the moment but once that moment passed, I was amazed at how I kept my camera from getting wet.
IF YOU WEREN'T A PHOTOGRAPHER WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING INSTEAD: Even though photography was plan A, B, and C, if I weren't a photographer I would be a DJ playing nothing but 90’s hip-hop and r&b.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE HISTORICAL FIGURE: Malick Sidibe.
WHAT SONG GETS STUCK IN YOUR HEAD MOST OFTEN: At this moment, Feels Like Summer by Childish Gambino and On My Mind by Jorja Smith.
WHAT IS YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL: A chameleon.
IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? If you asked me five years ago I would say Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Now, I’d say toast with avocado sprinkled with sea salt, pepper, honey, and hot sauce mixed together!
WHAT IS THE ONE ITEM OF CLOTHING THAT YOU WEAR MOST OFTEN: My black and white checkered Vans and my black Supreme hat.
WHAT WOULD THE TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHY BE: Figure It Out Later.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE: Finding an apartment in New York.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT: I’m amazing at singing loud and off-key.
WHAT IS YOUR GO TO DANCE MOVE: Twerking.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A BUSY DAY: My favorite way to unwind after a busy day is taking off all my clothes, blasting the AC (if it’s summertime) and watching old episodes of Family Guy and American Dad.