Today we’d like to introduce you to Leonidas Jaramillo.
Leonidas, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Filipino-American. Part-time Painter, and sometimes Photographer. Son to Medical Doctors. Collegiate Rower. Studied Art History and Creative Writing. Was on full Academic Scholarship and Athletic Scholarship to the University of Central Florida. After college, I went to Seminary (didn’t want to become part of the Clergy), so I became a Fashion Photographer instead (I enjoyed the opposite sex). Worked for Patrick Demarchelier, Tom Munro, Scott Soens, and Annie Leibovitz, to name a few from 2006-2014 as their Lighting Assistant. Left the Photo Biz, and pursued Cinematography in 2014. I became a Union Cinematographer in 2016. As of this posting, presently working on my 9th Feature Film in five years.
We’d love to hear more about your artwork. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I like to make images that resonate with the pursuit of the human spirit. Images, that connect all of us to our common perspectives, as well as expose us to ones we have yet to understand. I love telling stories that we can begin to relate or quickly relate to each other, with the common threads of despair, hope, anger, and joy, and to catalogue these ideas with simple and honest imagery that can speak volumes without saying a single word. I’m a Street Photographer at heart, putting 24 frames in a second together for an audience and transporting them there to that specific street in their mind.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
Art gets to be retrofitted and repurposed by all of us jockeys riding this invisible beast of the Human Experience. How clearly and efficaciously we communicate that idea or notion using media is what makes us do what we do. For me, doing projects like “Heart, Baby!” and advancing the notions of transgender and equality in a parable that literally doesn’t mention any of these concepts, but disguises it in the shape of a period piece prison boxing movie, is where I get my juice.
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?
Itunes, Amazon, in Theaters, Netflix.
- Website: leonidasjaramillo.com
- Phone: 310.428.6373
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: fistfulloffilm