For me a picture always held sooo much value. When I would look at pictures my mom took of my twin sister and me when we were kids, it would always bring me back to that exact moment in time. When I first started photography, I only shared my photos with my friends and family. I never thought I would gain recognition from people all over the world, I was just a boy who grew up poor with absolutely nothing. And, even though I’m in the streets, photography gave me a way to stay out. Throughout my years as a photographer I have grown and found who I was not only as an artist, but also as a person. I’ve always been outspoken, never holding my tongue for anyone or any situation, and I strive to showcase my personality and life through each and every photo. I’ve noticed people have a tendency to fabricate parts of their lives on the internet, hiding any sign of imperfection. Therefore, when I display my life for the world to see, it elicits feelings of discomfort. Oftentimes I’m even accused of “glorifying violence”. Fortunately, many viewers are able to understand the point of the photo without an accompanying explanation. I’m not expecting everyone to understand or even agree with my work; I just want to be respected as an artist. We all put our lives on the line whenever we leave the comfort of our homes, but some of us have to worry just a little bit more than others. With all that being said, I want to thank every single supporter I have had over the years. I feel like I focus so much on the negative despite there being more positivity and overwhelming support coming from the community. I am beyond grateful and blessed. You guys are all beautiful. I just want everyone to know that no matter what you go through, life is always worse for someone else, and that things do get better. I hope everyone gets a chance to live their dreams and become a part of something bigger than life itself! – Vuhlandes

Vuhlandes – Sticks & Stones (Documentary)

Category: Film