Photography has always been a type of visual poetry in my life. There is only so much one can say with words. Phrases are limited, however, images are not. Much like a writer, a photographer uses his or her lens as a voice to express deeper insights and intrigue.
Graffiti Beach found one strong voice that screams loud above the rest. San Diego based photographer Ukeim Ortiz started out studying photography as most photographers do…wondering around the neighborhood taking pictures of family and friends, all while trying to find his photographic style in a world full of imagery and competition. Eventually Ukeim began to hone in on his craft, creating gritty images that have a profound humanity, sadness, and truth to them. His style is more than just journalistic, he provokes emotion from his images by colliding the abstract world with the human world in his black and white street portraits.
Article by Corrinne Bollendorf
Photography by Ukeim Ortiz