We had the good fortune of connecting with DeJarius Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DeJarius, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
The most important lesson I’ve learned with creating is to BE YOURSELF and produce art that makes YOU happy. I remember comparing myself to other creatives and wondering why I’m not getting the recognition or the business like them. I really had to take a step back and realize that everyone has their own unique “thing” about their craft, what make them stand out as artists and the common denominator was just create art from within, the real reason why you started. The more I actually let myself feel through my emotions, I’m learning to transmute them into my art, to connect with the audience I’ve gained on a deeper level to look at my work at a different perspective.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I mainly work with men. There isn’t too many photographers that work with men often or at all where I’m from. I want to be the photographer that caters to not only male models but men who I feel like that can help tell my story. My use of colors brings forth a vintage aesthetic as I highlight the softer side of men (embracing your feminine energy). I’m most proud of the men I’ve worked with over the years are now more comfortable in front of the camera, more confident within themselves and some are even on the journey of modeling. The hardships I’ve faced with mainly shooting with men is not having as much business as the next creative who work with women more. I still do feel I’m overlooked sometimes but I’m appreciative of how far I’ve come and happy with all the accomplishments that came with me continuing this journey I feel is right for me. Creating what makes me happy got me into places where God felt like I needed to be and not where I want to be. The main goal is to show the beauty, the magic, the strength, the masculine and feminine energy of men. What I want the world to know that I’m from Jackson, Mississippi and I consistently gain inspiration and knowledge from here and the creatives I surround myself with.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My creative family in Jackson, Mississippi! Their constant love, support and encouragement of what I do inspires me to create. I really want to give Justin Hardiman his flowers now, a legend in the game but mostly a mentor not only to me but to many creatives here, that still is helping me to continue to create but with a purpose.
All images are shot by DJ Evans