Who are you and what do you do?

My Names Reggie(He/Him), I’m a New York born mechanic/photographer in Atlanta. 

How did you get into what you do creatively?

When I moved down to Georgia, one of my uncles had a Nikon camera. I took a couple of photos and fell in love with photography. But my creative side came through shooting myself in the mirror. I noticed I had content to experiment with, and through that learned about double exposure, better editing skills, etc.

What themes do you pursue in you work?

I wouldn’t call it a theme, but when I take portraits of people, I like to get honesty out of the person. It’s not a shoot to show who you want to be, but who you are. Anything besides that and I feel like I’m lying to my audience.

What memorable responses have you had to your work?

Any portrait shoot I do with someone, and you can see their face light up when they see “the” photo. It inspires me to provide that joy to whoever I’m taking photos of, because in most cases they’ve never experienced that.

What/who influences you?

I’m influenced by the photographers I’ve followed throughout the years. To see everyone grow in different directions, sharpening up in their respective areas. When I shoot my work, I feel like I’m just adding to that network, potentially influencing someone else

What makes your work necessary (to you, to others, to the community)?

Some of the people I take photos for have made a living taking photos of others, but don’t have any photos of themselves. Plus it’s rewarding to see the reactions when they see good photos of themselves, it makes it all worth it

Where can we find you?

I’m on Instagram at @50mmandbelow. My photography page is being worked on, as well as my website both coming soon