Behind The Lens: Jayprob

Hailing from New York, Jayprob is a recording and visual artist building momentum in NYC for his stunning work. The rising photographer takes pride in capturing the “strength in women’s confidence.” As seen in many of his previous works, Jay work can be easily described as where creativity meets innovation.

Aside from his spectacular work in the visual atmosphere, Jayprob is also carving his own lane in regards to music. Since emerging onto the scene with his “Like LL” release, the creative has proven to be proficient at balancing artistries such as music, visual arts, and production. Last year, Jayprob treated his audience to his mellifluous project, Fuckboy Blues, an 8-track offering that tackles tropes such as relationships, heartbreak, and depression.

In our latest interview we spoke with Jayprob about finding his passion for photography, capturing important moments, and balancing his career between a visual artist and musician. Read the lightly edited conversation below.

How did you find your love for visual art and photography? 

As a child, I was always fascinated with capturing moments. I remember asking my parents for a Polaroid camera for Christmas around this time. I was so excited when I unwrapped the camera. I went through a ton of films, taking random photos of everything. I like to think of those times as when I was “getting my feet wet.” 

When did you start taking photos and at what point did you know that you wanted to incorporate it into your music career?

It wasn’t really ‘til I was an adult when I started taking music seriously. I started working on my own visual projects because I didn’t have much of a budget. After a while, I got pretty good at it and people started requesting this service from me. From event coordinators and other creatives to models and strippers. 

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, what stories do you want to convey through your photography?

I think what I take the most pride in is showcasing the strength in women’s confidence. You know that raw, rebellious, feminine energy. I’m a big fan of the 90’s so there’s definitely a vintage feel to my aesthetic. Basically, it’s about capturing that magic in a rectangle for me.

In your opinion, what makes a good picture stand out from others?

For me, I think it’s mostly about finding a theme that has shock value. Something that’ll stop people from scrolling.

You’re in the unique position of not only being a visual artist but a musician as well—how has having experience in both allowed you to carve your own lane?

It allows me to tell my story more effectively. Having control over what I’m giving my audience, both sonically and visually allows me to paint the picture in the most authentic way.

In terms of music, what are you working on?

I definitely have some great things coming very, very soon which I’m excited about. I can’t say too much about it. Just know that it’ll be something that you haven’t seen from any artist before. 

Elsewhere in photography, check out our conversation with London director Gabriella Kingsley.

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