Today we’d like to introduce you to DeJarius Evans.
DeJarius, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Growing up as a kid, I always knew I wanted to be in a creative field. I started photography at a young age with just a disposable camera taking pictures of my friends and nature. As I matriculate to high school, I was active in both the marching band and choir. In high school, dance was becoming more than just a hobby. Once I arrived to college, my love for photography and dance became a passion. Struggling trying to balance school, photography, and dancing can be overwhelming but rewarding because of the bigger picture I see for myself.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I am a fashion/lifestyle photographer who mainly captures the male essence and emphasizes on the beauty of all shades of blackness. When it comes to inspiration, colorism plays a big role in today’s society; it pushes me to continue to work with men of all shades to showcase that we are magical and beautiful. Men should have an equal opportunity in the fashion industry as women. My style of photography has a vintage/throwback aesthetic, and when preparing for a shoot, I always make sure my color are well put together.
I also dance/choreograph, as well. When I decided to take dancing more seriously, my biggest inspiration/favorite choreographer is Sean Bankhead, but the people like Jared Howard, Kyle Davis, Kris Campbell, Kiara Berry, Jasmine Jones, and Lianna Norris has been a huge help in my dance career. I gain inspiration from listening to my favorite songs in rotation, visualizing the movements in my head while transferring them into the physical realm. A moody lighting is where I create the most and best rather it’s in the dance studio or photography studio.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Artist in today’s society is slowly inventing their own lanes; everyone brings something different. I believe it’s a lot easier for creatives to thrive because of the advancements of technology. We live in a digital age where you can utilize social media platforms to gain exposure for your crafts. I encourage people to support the arts. I would love/encourage artists to keep pushing out content and tell a story to lure your audience into your world of creativity.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
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- Instagram: @_evans.photography_
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- Twitter: @djthepaparazzo_