I'm a working professional photographer, as well as, a professional artist. My fine art work includes photography, mixed-media paintings on wood and canvas, sculpture, design and limited-edition prints. I'm currently writing my first full-length book, alongside developing specialized projects, magazines, photobooks, and films.
Photography and art are obsessions that, over a lifetime, were impacted and shaped from multiple sources. Great art, photography, cinema, literature and philosophy have been key to the development of my visual language(s) and philosophical expressions. The masters of both art and cinema have more to teach us than can ever be absorbed in a lifetime.
Picasso, Matisse, Warhol, Kubrick, Scott, Tarantino, Koons, Marden, Rothko, Kelly - my list of influences is exhaustive. If I were to add music to the list, it would require pages of names and a deeper dive into how the sounds manifest themselves visually in my work, but more importantly, the process by which they realign my whole thought processes.
Advertising has been a powerful influence on me since I was a boy. I'm a magazine junkie, always have been. I was a lazy TV junkie too as a kid, before I was unleashed in my teens. Today, I endlessly study ads and reverse engineer them.
I'm influenced by all genres of photography, but especially images in black and white. My fine art work is a mash-up of pictorialism meets street photography meets cinema and so on, with the intention of laying an Easter egg in each image, intentionally or not.
Great photographers have shaped our culture for over 100 years. I love the exquisite and timeless work of Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, the contemporary beauty of Peter Lindbergh and Annie Leibovitz, plus the heyday of street photographers like Joel Meyerowitz. And how can you not be moved by the likes of photographer Fan Ho? Rock and Roll photographers, like Jim Marshall, Mick Rock and Bob Gruen, have influenced my photography and my art.
Documentary photographers are dear to my heart and move me in a special way because of the realism that's NOT real, but interpreted by the photographer through the lens of the camera, giving us a hyper-real or an otherworldly view, which is sometimes harrowing and other times glorious. The greats like Robert Capa, Sir Don McCullin, Steve McCurry and Sebastião Salgado are beacons to me.
But my influences are not limited to the famous or well known. I've been deeply influenced by the imagery of working photographers in many genres all over the world. The stunning images of photographer Kevin Mullins knocked me out when I first came across his work, as does his integrity in his craft, business and numerous educational efforts. He's a prime example of direct influence in my career. I am honored to be in the company of the brilliance of my contemporaries, as I continually develop my skills and voice in the humble hopes of meeting their mastery.
As a Pastor and founder of UNUS ANIMA™, it is my mission to foster genuine spiritual development for the well-being of all people. I'm on a continual quest to find the esoteric mystical wisdom inscribed by God in code for the diligent person to discover.
Robert Perez Studio™ is located on the East End of Long Island in New York, shooting all of the metropolitan and tri-state area, as well as, special projects across the U.S.