Today we’d like to introduce you to Donelric Owens.
Hi Donelric, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I have always been fascinated by drawing illustrations and comics. Although I only experienced drawing as a medium for about two decades, I made the decision to get out of my comfort zone and take in another medium which is photography. My mom used to work at a photography studio at a daycare before I was born, and my dad was a welder. She used to edit photos in the darkroom, while my dad used to weld tables, bar doors, and etc. Therefore, some of their skills kinda rubbed off on me.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been some challenges no question about it. In fact, Growing up, I was considered a socially awkward individual. Being called a geek, especially a black geek all the way up to high school because I was so into video games, anime, manga, anything geek related pretty much calling it “white people stuff”. People even picked on me sometimes for speaking proper or (sounding white). It derived from the way my parents raised me; I was taught to have manners. I wasn’t speaking in a way of sounding nonchalant, plus my father grew up in Georgia. He didn’t tolerate disrespect. My father passing away was definitely a struggle, but I persevered through life dealing with his loss and figuring out manhood without his presence giving advice. After his loss, whether it was Drawing, Photographing, printmaking, that’s what made me be more creative in art.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I have gotten more use to photography. Photography plays a crucial role in the cosplay community. With the lack of diversity in that community, my intent is to unabashedly embrace black cosplayers representing their favorite anime characters, superheroes, video game characters, etc. Racists and colorist people express their harmful opinions overseeing people of color, for instance, dressed as a black Superman, traditionally a white character. Whenever I’m not snapping photos of cosplayers, I’m in my own neighborhood of Miami Gardens snapping photos of places me and dad used to take me to in the neighborhood, just to get a glimpse of nostalgia of places that used to be. Places such as Little Haiti are historical places to understand the cultural identity in the neighborhood and to capture a sense of how they are able to traverse through the constant gentrification and how residents are very observant of their community. It is safe to say that I am most proud of capturing those memories of my neighborhood and the cultural shift of Little Haiti.
Do you have any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
My childhood memories always had something to do with gaming. I do however remember the time how it all started. My parents bought my sister a Super Nintendo. However, she hardly plays it that much, and instead, it is me and my mother that plays it. Yes, my mother was gaming back then, and she would always play The Legend of Zelda. It was actually her first game she played. Watching her play pretty much got me into gaming. From Gaming to Photography, It is clear moms were an influence on what I do today.
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