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Conversations with Kreshonna Keane

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kreshonna Keane.

Hi Kreshonna, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My name is Kreshonna Keane. I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. However, I am of Jamaican and Trinidadian decent.

As a child, I always enjoyed looking at old baby pictures and family photos. My grandma was always carrying a disposable camera, ready to capture every moment. My interest in photography furthered throughout high school as the days of Myspace and Facebook came about. I loved taking photos of myself and my friends and posting them on the early socials. I was then spotted by renowned wedding and lifestyle photographer Kesha Lambert at the age of 15, and I began an internship with her which evolved into a long-lasting relationship in photography. I’ve spent a decade growing and nurturing this passion. Becoming hands on, taking risks, learning from experience and studying my craft has helped me to become the self-taught photographer I am today.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
My journey as an artist has been far from smooth. Much like any journey, you are going to encounter bumps in the road and it is how you handle those obstacles that determine the course of your journey. One of the biggest struggles I have faced in becoming a photographer was finding a balance between doing what I have to do to survive and doing what I love to do to live. Trying to create, stay motivated, and invest in your creativity while focusing on paying bills and maintaining everyday life can be challenging. However, I found that being consistent, staying focused and not allowing the struggle to discourage you, but instead motivate you is how you overcome that challenge.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a photographer and creative director based in NYC. I specialize in/am most known for my editorial/conceptual portraits. My work focuses on the celebration of black life, culture, and beauty. I tend to use my environment as a backdrop and create beautiful juxtapositions between these spaces and the characters I place in them. I believe what sets me apart from others is my subject matter. I really try to create with purpose in everything that I do while staying true to who I am, where I come from and the life and culture which made me who I am today.

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc?
Some of my favorite apps that help me on a day to day basis are Pinterest for mood boarding, Over for creating typography pieces, and Motivation for daily quotes to keep me inspired and focused.

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Image Credits:

Image credits to Sebastian Melendez for portrait of Kreshonna (1st image attached) Image credits to Kreshonna Keane (bodies of work)

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