Colors, Patterns, & Honesty with Dondre Green

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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.

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  • Tell us a bit about yourself?

    I’m a 23 year old multimedia artist from the BronxIf I wasn’t, I would be disobeying my inner voice and would be living very unfulfilled. I think it’s important to utilize your talents and live a life that makes you happy. That’s all I aim to do. Or  I would be doing something related to driving, (I like to drive). Or a full-time English teacher/professor.

    What type of music are you listening to right now?

    Lots of Soundcloud stuff usually, but from the top of the year I’ve been listening to Anderson Paak, River Tiber, and Tom Misch in healthy doses.

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  • “I still consider myself a student of it all, as I allow myself to learn new things about my hometown and I guess I apply that mentality within my daily life. Just absorb as much information as you can. Read more, converse with people, watch more documentaries and pass on that information.”

    – Dondre

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  • How did growing up in the Bronx mold you into creative you are today?

    The Bronx is attached to a bunch of negative stigmas, which can be a turn off before outsiders actually come and see the borough for themselves. My vision too, was warped and I didn’t really appreciate home. This all changed when I started to question why. 

    This lead to me starting my own online publication, Bronx Narratives. Alongside my team, we highlight a variety of lesser-known stories around the borough. It has also made me want to use my craft to put my borough back on the map. And doing this through fostering community through the arts and having events at local businesses, teaching, film screenings and more.

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.

Find more of Dondre’s Work: 

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