• Tumblr Tuesday: Dejah Greene

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    This week, we're taking a look at the work of Dejah Greene, a young, self-taught photographer from Maryland. A self-proclaimed introvert ("I tend to consider myself a fly on the wall in public, but also an emotional, rebellious, outspoken, funny and endearing Pisces," Dejah tells us), her 35mm photographs show the work of someone who takes time to notice the details in life. Here, we speak with Dejah to find a little bit more about her and the background of her favorite photos.

    How did you get started in photography?
    My grandfather inspired me to get into it since he was a painter and photographer. Then I took my first film and digital photography class in high school. From then on, it just grew into a passion.

    What subjects are you most drawn to?
    Right now I'm drawn to faces of different shades, people with different stories to tell, and subjects with a voice.

    Favorite gear?
    I'm a lover of Canons.

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos?
    Sometimes I try to release negative feelings I have within myself into my work. Photography became a way for me to express myself during my depression. I was able to create images that made others feel certain things too even when I wasn't trying to. And even though I'm trying to express or release depressing pain, my work is not always depressive. Sometimes I end up with uplifting work that I didn't think would make me feel better afterwards, but most times it does.

    Does your photography style translate to your fashion at all? What is your personal clothing style like?
    I don't think it does, but my style has recently changed. I love cool, comfy, lightweight clothes in the summer (like crop tops or sundresses). In the winter I love boots, layers, and the color mustard.

    Can you tell us a few of your favorite Tumblrs to follow?
    Off the top of my head I enjoy:
    Black Culture

    What's one thing you're looking forward to this year?
    I literally only look forward to December 25 every year.

    Favorite food: Frosted Flakes
    Favorite drink: Cranberry juice
    One band you could listen to forever: Earth, Wind and Fire
    One place you want to go before you die: An uninhabited island
    Favorite song: "GHOST!" by Kid Cudi
    Most-worn item of clothing: Crop tops
    Personal hero: Amandla fing Stenberg

    Can you tell us the stories behind five of your favorite photos?

    Steven (model in the pic) and I were working on action shots in front of different murals in Washington D.C. We took this one in front of a Brisk ad. And this one came out so well, Brisk sent us an iPad!

    This photo is my favorite because of the book the model, Jordan, is reading. That book was the start of my personal independent research of real black history. It explores the psychological effects of racism on black individuals. I was so excited that Jordan had a copy of this book; it looked just as genuine and beat up as my father's. We ended up talking a lot about the book while getting some great shots.

    This photo is my favorite and least favorite. I was in Los Angeles for a summer and I had just realized the guy I was "dating" and looking forward to seeing had been seeing another girl the whole time. I felt stupid, betrayed and pissed OFF. I didn't know how to express it, though, because I was alone. I don't drink so I couldn't drown my woes in alcohol, so I went to Venice Beach by myself one mid-morning. I randomly started muttering "f you" to myself, wishing I could yell it out. So instead of scaring the kids, I wrote it in the sand and metaphorically let the waves wash the letters away, hopefully temporarily healing my heart at the time.

    My best friend knew of an abandoned house down the street from her that people would go throw parties and smoke at. She said the property was so huge and beautiful that it would make a great location for a shoot. I absolutely loved the house. Many things were broken and exposed but there was still beautiful art on the walls and ceiling. I enjoyed this shoot because the women in the photos are my best friends and I love their body language.

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