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Today we’d like to introduce you to Paulo Shishido.

Hi Paulo, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
Most definitely. Photography has long been in my family through my dad. As the family photographer, it’s because of him that we have our childhood documented. Those are the moments and cherished memories that we’ll always remember.
Even going way back to my elementary school days, I was always into movies/posters – Back to the Future, Superman, Mighty Ducks, etc. and that graduated to album covers as I got more and more into Hip Hop. Starting with my younger brother, I remember going to Spec’s at Mall of the Americas with my mom and him buying the East 1999 Bone Thugs-n-Harmony tape. I think I bought Queen’s Greatest Hits, LMAO.

Fast forward to late middle school and Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The Wu logo changed everything! I drew that logo everywhere; till this day I still have a cardboard cutout I drew on the back of a spiral notebook; it’s the best version I’ve ever drawn. I came to later find out that Danny Hastings photographed the 36 Chambers album cover. One of the most iconic groups in the culture, in the history of music, period.

Heading into high school, it was the summer of ’98 and a dreaded summer it was. Hip Hop lost two giants in the span of a six months- Pac & BIG. There was a void in Hip Hop and the streets were hungry for that vacuum to be filled. It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot set the culture ablaze. DMX’s bark was all bite, the future of rap, and it lifted Def Jam back to its pinnacle of the record industry. Jonathan Mannion shot the album cover that went on to sell four million copies. REST IN PEACE to the Dog 🕊.

Another aspect that rooted me into photography was the magazine covers from The Source and XXL. So many people deserve their flowers, but here are a few. My lifetime homeboy @jonjonvisuals, another Hip Hop aficionado and photographer, was the one that got me more into Hip Hop and street photography. Taping up articles and promo work of artists on your bedroom wall was a thing. I felt like I was living in BET’s Tha Basement. Another photographer that caught my attention is the great Mel D. Cole. His eye for documenting/photographing Hip Hop artists and most recently diving into the photojournalism realm is definitely something I aspire to do. I cannot forget to give flowers to one of the staples in the culture- Chi Modu. Documenting everyone from the East to the West. His work will go down in history with the greats! Rest in Photography 🕊📸.

Saving the best for last, my greatest inspiration for my work is and will always be, my pride and joy, and the light of my life, my son- Luca! Like father like son, I have been documenting his life since birth. There are terabytes of photos and he has all my passwords so that after I am no longer physically here, he can reminisce.

With the tutelage of @jonjonvisuals @chocolatemilkme (who saw I have a keen eye for documenting ‘those moments’) and a push from Luca’s mom @the_healing_hand, I decided this creative outlet needed a name. I considered a few, but ultimately it came down to what inspired me the most and I could only think of one person, Luca. His birthday October 5th served as the obvious choice and started 1005 (pronounced Ten-Oh-Five) Photography. It’s not Prestige Worldwide, but it’s something I can call my own.

Alright, 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?
I’d say photography came to me organically. Having reference work from my dad, Hip Hop, tagging along with @jonjonvisuals, @chocolatemilkme and obviously Luca.

I definitely hit a sort of writer’s block a few back and was just completely uninspired to photograph anything. I took a couple of weeks break and started thinking what is it that inspires me? Again, Luca. Scrolling through past photos, the lightbulb went off. Like a boxer getting in a groove with the speed bag.

COVID definitely played a role and halted work across all industries, especially the gig workers. But where there is a way, there is a will. We’re in a hole, we’ll dig our way out (iykyk). One thing is for sure, the past two years has definitely changed the way we go about our daily lives as well as well as our perspective on life and what’s truly important.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’d like to consider myself a jack of all trades and master of none, but I will definitely try and capture that ‘one moment for you’. You can relive that moment in your head, but to actually see it, hold it, well, that’s just timeless. Quality vs. quantity is what I’d like to say.

One item I can say I’ve crossed off my bucket list is photographing @mccoywitme debut album cover- The Emerald List. Shout-out to him for entrusing me to bring his vision to life! The album is a banger and is out on all platforms now!!

If I had to choose one thing that I am most proud of, it is not photography, but being the best dad I can be. Preparing Luca for the world that awaits him. Each one, teach one.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My circle is small, again, quality over quantity. Gotta definitely shout-out @jonjonvisuals for taking me under his wing. @chocolatemilkme for giving me the opportunity to tap further into my creativity. @the_healing_hand (Luca’s mom) for nagging me to create a platform for photography and of course my light, Luca.

And if you’re wondering where the nickname ShidKid came from, that praise goes to The Council.

Pricing:

  • Base price starts at $200 per hour

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Image Credits
Personal photo by @jonjonvisuals family photo by Dad

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