We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jay, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
Being in a creative space, mentally and physically, makes me happy. Photography is my main medium of choice and when I’m making art, I am solely focused on that and noting else around me. It’s my safe haven; It’s my therapy. Narrating through my visions, while illustrating my fantasies, is what fuels my fire for art. The best feeling is when a project or photograph comes out exactly how I pictured it in my head. Seeing how people react and feel about what I create is what I love as well. Everyone has their own way of taking in art and that’s amazing, not one person will look at it and feel the same way.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Culinary was my first passion. I started off my creative career with my love for food. I then moved to Graphic Design, and now Photography. My love for Photography presented itself at the latter of my Junior year; after completing my first Photography class. I’ve been hooked ever since!

Comparison leads to confusion; my vision is superlative! While I’m creating, I never think about what sets me aside from others, only the message. A sense of nostalgia while capturing snapshots of peoples’ lives, assist in creating a timeless memory. Photography has taught me how to connect emotionally with others, which has been a huge aid in my personal growth outside of art. Emoting has never been easy for me, however, photography makes me vulnerable.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Funny thing is, I’m actually a homebody lol. I enjoy being in my own space most of the times. Going to museums and galleries is my thing; so my friends know right off the bat, we’re eating vegan, and going on artsy adventures. Currently, “Hippie Hibachi”, “Slutty Vegan”, and “Bar Vegan” have been my favorite to go spots. “Spice House” in midtown is one of my favorite spots to grab a “Jameson and Ginger Ale”, or “Tito’s and Cranberry”. Hanging out at “High Museum of Art”, keeps my creative juices flowing, with the evolving work that is being exhibited. We’d definitely go long boarding on the belt line, while enjoying the street art, and entertainers.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Dad has been a catalyst in offsetting my creating journey. Stemming from a Graphic Designer, Creative Director, UX Designer; amongst other creative titles. He has exposed me to different creative mediums, while giving me opportunities to explore and evolve creatively.

Website: www.thejayjoseph.com

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