Lucky for him he’s a Pisces, another of the zodiac that I happen to get along with ;). Stephen Gray has been a great friend, sharing my passion for photography. Representing as a member of the carribbean culture, I’m honored to feature his spotlight as yet another birthday gift during this month long project. Keep capturing light my friend, and get ready for our next photo adventure…coming soon!
Name: Stephen Gray
City: Currently Plantation, FL. Seems I have been a bit of a nomad lately in the past few years. Living in Miami to Hollywood then Homestead and Doral to Plantation.
Profession/What do you do?
I am accused of working in the IT field as network systems administrator. It pays the bills and funds the projects and family. Ever since the emergence of DOS and Linux have caught my eye. It is something I love and each day I am more curious to explore. IT is only one part of me I also do portrait photography.
Are you originally from Miami? If not, where are you originally from?
I was born in NJ but know nothing of the city of my birth as I grew up in Jamaica and am Jamaican at heart, mind, body and soul. As my parents are both Jamaican as well as the family it’s what has influenced me in my outlook on people. I did end up living here in Miami for the latter part during my adolescence.
How long have you lived in the city?
…total time in Miami…I say 17 years combined.
What are you passionate about & why?
I am passionate about God, family, life, poetry and photography. For me all are mentioned are interconnected and are the support as well as positive influences. They are also sources of energy and inspiration for me. God and the energies that we at times we fail to see for whatever reason as the provider and source of all. Family as the cornerstone of every human being, every community, every state, every nation every race every people. Family is our support structure, our influences, our nurturers of guiding principles and culture. Life as the experiences we have only fuels my humanity. I enjoy giving back, helping others, being part of greater good. I was raised to be the best at whatever it is you do and continue to strive to achieve. There is so much to life that we often overlook in our daily grind. This leads me to my photography. I enjoy capturing life. Freezing time and recollecting the events and memories that surround the instances captured. My goal in my images is to stir, to recollect moments in time that over time become lost or blurred in our minds, especially weddings or portraits while capturing the personality of the subject. My poetry are my collections of thoughts that are come from the deepest parts of me and subject matters or topics that have created some emotional response which resonates within. The energy and spirit of God, the guidance, support and identity of family captures of reality and life momentary glimpses, archiving time.
What do you hope to accomplish through your talents?
With each image to capture reality of our humanity. Whether to recollect, to change, to give back, inspire, to teach, I hope to plant a seed that sparks an idea or vision reminding us of the beauty that surrounds us everyday once we free ourselves, our minds and remove the blinders that hinder us. Life happens and I intend on contributing my verse.
If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
To traverse and bend time.
How would/do you use your super powers to accomplish your goals?
With my photography it allows me to focus on the time in front of me, to enjoy the moment and capture what is seen and unseen. In many ways I am freezing time. There are periods of time that I wish I could have seen or captured in a picture and find myself thumbing through photographs and works of past photographers and poets to see and feel the moments.
What was your most significant achievement in 2014/life?
In 2014 I rediscovered myself and remembered what it is to live and follow your soul. I was reunited with another passion I have poetry with inspiration of having found someone who helps me, aspires me to be and do more. I had the pleasure of working with [Anthony Jordon] and Ebonie Mukasa of Cloak Inc. on the I Am Hero Anti-Sex trafficking project. My most significant achievement in life are my two wonderful children who are my blessings.
What if anything do you hope to contribute to Miami?
Miami is a very culturally diverse city but it remains segregated. Somehow it has forgotten to look at people for who they are and their merits, not who they know or where they come from. Visually I hope to make a difference showcasing the diversity and humanity of people and the surroundings that this city has to offer.