Casey James Perez is an artist and photographer based out of Santa Rosa, California.
I first became aware of his work via a series of sometimes bizarre and outlandish self-portraits shared on his Instagram.
At an age where most are taking their first photography class, Casey has spent the last few years fine-tuning his craft, as a result his work displays a confidence and maturity that belies his age.
A recent high school graduate, Casey hopes to continue to push his work into new frontiers and continue to explore the art world.
In our conversation we discuss staying true to an artists vision, creating energies, and why social media is more than an online persona.
Casey was kind enough to participate in the following interview:
How long have you been a photographer? I have been a photographer for over 4 years now.
What kind of gear do you use? I use a Canon rebel T5, but to be honest, some of my photographs have been shot on my iPhone 6s and other mobile devices.
How did you discover photography? I discovered photography quite a few years ago when my mother decided to take senior portraits and wedding photographs.
She had a very simple style but because I have a rare admiration for vintage-styled photography I discovered surrealist photographers like Man Ray.
How would you describe your style? I would consider my style a mix of shock art, pop art, and vintage-styled photography. Most of my photographs are to create an image that carries a strong story or to capture the public’s attention and make them think.
What does photography mean to you? Photography is more than a modernized way of painting on a canvas.
I believe with techniques and using people and objects as the main focus, you’re capable of creating something beautiful and intellectual with just one photograph or a large collection of photographs.
What makes you reach for your camera? When motivated I come up with obscure and somewhat odd ideas that I believe can be based on inspiration or my belief system.
It’s a way of creating captivating and beautiful images that can create a new type of energy with the public.
Is there any subject matter that you off limits to you? If so, why? There is very little limits when it comes to my work.
If I had to choose one subject matter that I would avoid, it would just simply be taking photographs of other artists work.
I think originality is key, but I do believe inspiration is important.
What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos? I wish I was educated more on photography and different styles of art.
Over time I had to teach myself and I would recommend learning art history and comprehend other photographers and their motivation to keep working.
What is one question nobody has ever asked you—that you wish they asked you? Why are my photos usually only displayed on social media?
Personally, I believe with modern technology I can create more than just a persona. I can create energies through social media and am able to bring a new form of art to youth.
I’m trying to use what we have now to display my art everywhere.
It’s something fresh to see while scrolling online. I’m trying to use what we have now to display my art everywhere.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?I believe I have received an immense amount of advice.
One being that I should learn about the people I adore and aspire to be like, and understand how they got where they were and apply that to my life.
Another one that had stayed with me is by my dear friend, “what else could you ever see yourself doing besides what you’re passionate about? Wouldn’t that be kinda miserable?”
I believe as an aspiring artist my job won’t be done until my work opens people’s mind.