Colors, Patterns, & Honesty with Dondre Green
When I am not curating Museache playlists, I am usually dibbling and dabbling in the visual world. As such, I’ve grown very fond of multiple rising visual architects in the last few years. I’ve handpicked and uniquely interviewed each of my favorite photographers and multimedia artists, who are blurring the borders between creative mediums. For my first interview, I reached out to Bronx native and professional photographer Dondre Green. Right of the bat, I was captivated by Dondre’s distinctive eye for composition and his playful marriage between colorful backgrounds, patterns, and his subject’s personality. That might be a lot to visualize all at once, so let’s just jump into the full spread.
I really love your portraits of people because of your usage of colors and composition. (Some of my favorite are below). Can you tell me a bit about your process in creating portraits?:
Thank you. I’m very imaginative. Sometimes it’s tricky to describe my vision to the subject and have the photo come out exactly as envisioned in my head, but that’s the fun part. As you mentioned, I do play a lot with color and I try to challenge myself to do something different and get the subject out of their comfort zone. I often study previous portraits of mine and question what I could’ve done differently to achieve a better/alternate result. But portraits are my favorite to take because of the connection.
Have you been given any words of wisdom that you carry with you?
Be honest with yourself, with people and your outlook on life.
This year, me and my friend have embarked on this “be more honest” journey. I think sometimes people lie because we’re unsure how people are going to take what we’re going to say and no one wants to hurt anyone’s feelings. But I’ve learned nothing is more freeing than the truth and you can never escape that.