Since his teens, his Street Artist name was Drak, Drak is a derivative of the word « Dragon ». As a passionate lover of American Comics (especially « The Spirit » by Will Eisner), the ensuing stories & graphics was for him a constant source of inspiration.
Drakspirit is therefore the amalgamation of his street artist name, and the inspirational graphic stories he read. Having been a photojournalist, he has no preconceived approach to his work; everything is done intuitively with whatever scene presents itself and in the manner and style of a film director, which in turn culminates in a highly distinctive style and single image.
His portraiture adopts the same technique, he experiments with the extremes of light and natural contrasts, which is highlighted in the depth, richness and presentation of the subject matter, and the processing of the images gives them a cinematic and captivating characteristic as depicted by the models demeanour and expression.
UNLEASH THE SIN
Unleash the sin, what does it mean? To resume… unleash, is to go beyond the limits. The term sin in this context, is a break with normalcy.
WHAT IS SIN?
Is the digital medium, for there is loss of depth, strength and grain that is not present like in the use of od film cameras settings. The challenge for Drak is to hide this particular defect, that’s why in his images; there is almost no distinction between film and digital. And it creates homogeneity within his gallery.
HOW TO UNLEASH?
By going instinctively to the depths of the scene or the subject being photographed. To bring out the emotions of the story to create a composition blended with dynamism, contrast, mystery and light.
Written by Jerome Ajot and Martin Sabine.
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