Featured Artist Leonidas Bratini

Enjoy the portfolio of emerging photographer Leonidas Bratini. He talks about his background, his plans, and taking photos in the city he loves. Check out his website and blog for more images and inspirations.

I am from Sabana De La Mar, a small town in the Dominican Republic, a gorgeous Caribbean town.  We moved to the Bronx in the early 1990s and I now live in New Jersey. I enjoy photography all kinds. I love to experiment and learn something new. I always have my  camera on me, particularly during weekend walks throughout New York City and any other cities I might be visiting.

My passion for photography came at early age with a plastic toy camera that took pictures in 35mm, my parents Polaroid and 22mm Kodak camera. In junior high school, my mother bought me a very cool portable Olympus 35mm.  So nice, so small – it fit in any of my pockets.

When it comes to photography, I have many goals.  To keep learning, evolving, and to become a full time photographer is one of the biggest ones. I also would love to have some of my work in galleries and magazines, and eventually have my own gallery/ photography company.

At the moment, I am working on getting my work in to a gallery. In photography, I am working on taking great pictures of each and every neighborhood in Manhattan, New York and experimenting with portraits with friends and family. I have never gone to school for photography, so a lot of the work I do I learn by doing, reading blogs, and talking to friends who are into photography.

I have been inspired by many things. One of the better ones is simply living in NYC. Lots of restaurants, diners, and  even stores and banks have these gorgeous pictures of the old New York City from 100 or 50 years ago – some in color, others in black and white.  I am hoping to get some of my work to this point.

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