What he saw on the city walls were colors indicating life’s many messages. Now with both Philly and Miami’s struggles, he is able to see snapshots of moments, situations, emotions, age, knowledge, socioeconomics and timelessness on more of a diverse scale.
Wayman believes captured time is priceless and he is currently living in Philly further enhancing and enjoying his craft.
How would you describe your style of photography to someone who has never seen your work?
I don’t think I have a style. My photographs are based on the inspiration i get from my subjects, be it a model, a child, a park, or a glass on a table. My vision comes from what i see at that moment and ties in with my style as an individual. I take what i see and draw my picture from there. It is very spontaneous but well thought out.
What initially sparked your interest in photography and what keeps it going?
I’ve always had a great appreciation for photography. Growing up in Philly, there are these colorful murals that always fascinated me. The colors, the different locations and buildings all played a part in my love for the arts. Before I started shooting, I used to draw, did some painting and wrote poetry. Working in the arts allowed me to evolve into photography.
It wasn’t until Fall 09 I did a semester at CCP, there I took Photo 101 which changed my life forever. Being in the dark room for the first time, I soaked up as much information as possible and learning the techniques awakened something in me. It was then, I knew photography was my passion. Shortly after, I got my camera and haven’t stopped shooting since.
From who or where do you draw inspiration from and how is it reflected in your work?
The creator is a huge source of inspiration. It’s kind of hard not to appreciate the green in the trees on a nice day or an ice cycle dripping in the winter. But its everyday life that inspires me the most! The simplicity of a lady who smiles from seeing my dog’s tail sway from side to side, its that thought process that gets my mind going. It’s those moments I try capture when I’m shooting.
What is one long term goal you have relative to your photography and how do you plan to attain it?
I would like to have some kind of partnership with an after school program to teach kids photography. Allow them time in the dark to process their work, go on neighborhood shooting trips and have an art gallery to showcase their work. As an adult, it’s an awesome feeling to watch my work come to life from start to finish and I wish I had more oppotrunities like this as a child.
What is one major business-related challenge you face being a photographer and how have you or will you combat this issue?
One challenge I have as an artist is finding the balance between artistry and the business side of art. As much as Nuwayphotography is my passion, it’s also a means of financial supplement. Taking the time to learn the market, assessing your skill set to base your fess are just a couple of things I had to do to ensure I represented my business Nuwayphotography well.
Name one person that you would love to have an opportunity to shoot and why. Describe this dream shoot.
There’s so many people to choose from, but I’ll have to go with President Barack Obama for two reasons:
1. What Obama was able to do, is exactly what I want to do with Nuwayphotography, which is to get people to see themselves in a Nuway. I want to create that change of emotion by simply looking at a photograph.
2. He made history and to have him in my portfolio would mean Nuwayphotography made history as well.
The shoot would be “The Everyday Man” showing Obabma as the everyday man. Eating breakfast with his family, reading the news paper, playing with the dog and watching television.
If you could do a dual purpose shoot that showcased your talent and brought awareness to a prevalent social issue, what would your shoot be called and what issue would you highlight? Why?
I would like Nuwayphotography to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. It’s important to me to give back, so I created this series called “Color Me Bad”, its simply photos of people artistically conveying expression through paint for the cause. I think there’s a negative connotation as it relates to the epidemic and in my opinion, that is due to a lack of awareness and knowledge.
These two factors are what we lack and I think marrying them with photography could be an awesome way to bring awareness to the masses.
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