Every city of measurement includes individuals that, through benefit, happenstance or overall look, come to be low-essential celebs in their communities, even if it’s only of the “I know that male from somewhere” assortment.
In downtown New Bedford, Andrew Kepinski is conveniently recognizable, with dreadlocks neatly tucked up in a tam that reaches toward the sky, a nicely-preserved beard, and his collection of stylish and distinct eyeglasses. As a photographer, deejay, and longtime bartender at the Pour Farm Tavern, a single of the center’s funkiest and most beloved watering holes, he is one particular of people low-essential celebs.
Kepinski was elevated in Westport and attended college there till he started attending New Bedford Higher University. Usually intrigued in the arts, he took a photography class, functioning with SLR cameras. He figured out his way all over a darkroom. He experienced been skateboarding considering the fact that he was 10 and he credits that as formative to the way he believed.
With his more mature brother and good friends, they devoured skate publications and watched unlimited skateboarding videos. Images and videotaping their skateboarding tips and adventures turned next mother nature. His dad and mom inspired individuality, and by the age of 12 he was dyeing his personal hair and carrying punk rock t-shirts and cutoff denims a few measurements as well massive.
No matter if he imagined it or not, he was becoming interesting.
Kepinski shoots primarily with a Nikon d800 and a Hasselblad 501cm. He prefers common film images as he notes that it slows him down and would make one genuinely compose and target on every shot. On the other hand he does not shun the digital, noting that he likes to maintain a equilibrium of the technologies.
He begun largely photographing landscapes and architecture as it gave him an option to hone his skills with out the distraction of a human being on the other finish of his lens. But that stated, he constantly realized he wanted to do portraiture. When he bought his very own studio, the possibility arose and he was drawn to the interaction with his topics and he commenced to see the elegance of persons in a new way.
Asked about how he chooses the folks who design for him, he lists the good quality of people that are “completely cozy with by themselves as individuals” and people that have a distinctive feeling of trend.
His best influences do not appear from the environment of artwork images or journalism- no Cindy Sherman or Annie Leibovitz, for instance, but instead from the framing and sensibilities of filmmakers, notably Spike Lee, Wes Anderson and Stanley Kubrick.
Kepinki’s portraits are reminiscent of some of the photographs that surface on the social media web site known as Legendary Amazing, which characteristics visuals of celebrities and icons of movie, tunes, sports activities, politics and more. From Sean Connery to Janis Joplin, Miles Davis to Susan Sarandon, the photos picked for that site often resonate with a palpable neat.
Kepinski, as both of those photographer and deejay, is included in selection as an artform. Designs are as thoughtfully chosen and curated and improved as the tracks in a playlist.
In the two arenas, he is technically proficient, conscious of mood, and keen on the awesome. It cannot be defined, but it can be sensed. Kepinski has the exclusive and innate potential to draw it out.
To paraphrase the Bard: “Some are born interesting, some obtain coolness, and some have coolness thrust on them.”
In any circumstance, with a superior eye, a regular hand and the considerate soul of a curator, Kepinski will locate it.