Someone told me once that those people who say they are bored, are mistaken. They are in fact boring. So aimlessly looking for something I haven't seen before from one of the many artists whose work I can admire is when unproductivity can lead to boredom. That 20 minutes spent on soundcloud listening to new music, and reading tweets somehow led to giving up the search and looking at ysaperez.com.
Ysa Perez is a photographer with a huge list of publications she's shot for. Her real name is Ysanya but she's said no one calls her that because of the challenge it poses to pronounce. I don't remember when I first discovered this talent, but I know I heard my photography minded friends mention her in high regard time and again.
I think the first projects I saw where I stopped and said 'I know that name' were her shoots for GQ; GQ's Best New Designer Party 2011 and Diplo's Top Ten Travel Essentials. Today I learned something that was right there all along. Ysa Perez took a good number of the ASAP ROCKY photos that are now household images.
Read more about this and Ysa, the focus of her work, her dream shoot and so much more in this incredible Respect Magazine Interview.
Jeffrey Wright by Ysa Perez
In a day and age when technology is making many artforms more accessible it is refreshing and ultimately very inspiring to see people excel who use their personality as much as technical aspects of their craft, if not more. I can't say for sure, but looking through Ysa's portfolio it seems like she has a disarming effect on a lot of her subjects. They let her see who they truly are at that moment. We are fortunate that she shares those images with us.