Today we’d like to introduce you to David Bello Jr.
David, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Family means everything to me. I was born in the Bronx, New York on June 30, 1999 to two loving, Dominican parents who had hopes of starting a family young. Both of my parents struggled a lot to provide for my family while I was growing up, and being the oblivious child I was, I never was capable of seeing that for myself. My parents, by the grace of God, have shielded my siblings and I from what goes on in the background with the sole intention of protecting our innocence. As time went on and I grew up, however, I’ve come to realize all of what my parents have been able to do despite the lack of resources they had and grew sympathetic towards my parents’ efforts.
With that being said, family means everything to me because of how much effort my parents have put into making sure that at the end of every single day we still have each other. My mother taught me how to love unconditionally no matter what stands in the way and how valuable caring for other is, and my father taught me the importance of empathy towards others. I am the way that I am today because of my parents, and personally I think it’s important for me to highlight how much of in impact they have had in my life thus far.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My photography is my own way of expressing something that simply cannot be put into words. I know it might sound a little cliché, but my photographs reflect who I am as a person — the person that was taught by my parents to love others wholeheartedly. When I started photography back in 2013 in a film photography class at MassArt, street photography and landscape photography were my go-to. As time went on, however, I learned that my favorite type of photography is the type of photography that connects with others through the use of visual storytelling, and that is portraiture and any type of wedding/engagement photography.
Every shoot I do is done with the sole intention of building a deeper relationship with the clients I interact with more than the actual photographic process, so it’s safe to say that my inspiration stems from my ability to love others the same way that my parents have taught me to love. Photographs last a lifetime, but so do relationships with those that you love dearly.. My empathic personality has allowed for me to fall in love with photography even more deeply.
When people look at my work, the hope is that they’re able to see how much effort I put into building interpersonal relationships with everybody I meet along my photographic journey.
Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
In my honest opinion, I think the most important condition of being an artist today is to work on your craft not because you see other people doing it but because you truly love doing it. We’re an age when much of the art that is displayed, posted, or plastered on social media is temporary. Lots of people are confusing the art of photography with a more trendy-version of taking photos that social media has allowed it to become.
That being said, I think that it has become a lot harder for artists to create thought-provoking work because it isn’t getting the attention it should be getting compared to a moody picture of a crystal ball with fairy lights around it. I do appreciate, however, the photographers that work for themselves and for their own pleasure rather than for likes and shares in social media.
What cities like Boston should do more to encourage and help others should be hosting more workshops. Let’s teach others more about the art of photography and how to appreciate it rather than taking pictures because they see their friends do it. You know something cool and you want to share those skills with beginner photographers? Teach them of that cool thing you learned how to master along.
Furthermore, photography is a very powerful tool, and if veteran photographers were to teach beginner photographers the importance of photographic documentation in the community they live in I think the entire photography industry would shift towards supporting each other rather than dismissing those that are just starting.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can see my work simply by going to my website https://b3ll0edits.com or by going to my Instagram (@b3ll0edits).
- Website: https://b3ll0edits.com/
- Phone: 6174358432
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/b3ll0edits/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/b3ll0edits