Today we’d like to introduce you to DaJuan Bennett.
DaJuan, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am originally from Charleston, South Carolina. I started of taking photos of shoes at first because I loved how the photos looked with a shallow depth of field. After a while, I expanded and went out for a walk and took my camera with me. I went out to the city of my hometown one day and just walked around for like an hour in a half and listened to music and took pictures. After a couple of days that’s when I knew I enjoyed street photography. I started in 2014 teaching myself than in 2018 is when I made a big move and moved to California to really learn art as a whole and the business behind it. After a month in and taking a few classes, I really figured out photography was a passion of mine.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road because I come from a smaller city so there isn’t much art motivation. But I get a lot of my motivation from just experiencing life. As an artist you aren’t always inspired to create. You might have a artist block or you might feel like what you are creating isn’t worthy but it’s important to stay true to your vision. Trust the process and keep creating because what you think isn’t worthy now could connect and makes sense in the future. Also, getting my work out to larger platforms like magazines and museums for example. That is a strong goal of mine I am working on.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about 7teenth – what should we know?
I am street photographer so I focus on showing others what life has to offer and document what I see on the street daily. When I go out to shoot, I feel like I am giving the streets a voice. I look for symmetry, good composition, and nice candid shots. I like to move like a fly on the wall as if you don’t know I’m there or you wouldn’t expect I would get the shot. I am most proud of myself because when I moved to California I worked with different brands and shot different subjects from portraits, fashion streetwear, to animals. Which that helped broaden my eye for photography and helped me big connections with other company and businesses. What sets me apart is my eye, I pay attention to everything when I shoot. That is important because the smallest thing can make or break the photograph so you have to keep. Also, what sets me apart is being able to shoot different subjects, I specialize in street photography but I can shoot portraits, fashion, and still life just a strong if I put my mind to it.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
One of my quality or characteristics I feel that is important to my success is my eye in photography. Photography is very visual so you have to pay attention to details which I think I am strong at. One small thing can make or break a photograph so it is important to pay attention to details. Also, being able to be approachable is a key factor because I photograph people I don’t always know its important that they feel comfortable with me if I want to take a photograph of them.
- Website: s7nteenth.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @7teenth_
Published image in Lost Angeles Times Magazine.