Jameson Addachy Raymond is 21 years old born in Long Island, New York and moved to Pocono Mountain at the age of six. He graduated from Stroudsburg Highschool in 2015. Before he began his career as a visual artist, photography, and videography, Jameson was a pro fighter. With the death of his coach and injury to his knee, Jameson decided to go into another direction and decided to learn how to take photographs. At the age of eight Jameson already built up a skill for editing, with the help of his favorite game Call of duty Jameson applied that skill to photography. While taking classes at his high school Jameson not only became a great editor but also a photographer. While taking classes at his high school Jameson not only became a great editor and photographer he entered the world of videography. From fighting to photography to becoming one of Stroudsburg most talented and popular videographers Jameson is on the rise. Here is his story,
Why did you want to become a photographer?
The whole digital media thing, it's mostly because of the people around me. There is this thing on youtube called Hard knock tv and he interviews artist and the interviews were live interviews. I felt like Stroudsburg needed that and I was that guy because I knew a lot of people, that's what I was going for and it just turned into something totally different. Now I just do photography and shoot music videos along with many other things.
Who or what influenced you to become a videographer?
It was myself at first because I know what I could create. I would have these episodes called edits where I would edit to music. I'm addicted to music and Peter is huge with vlogging, photography and he just came out with his own documentary capturing photos across Canada. When I was four years old that’s all I wanted to do was travel and create documentaries that are appealing to me. Now that I am older, I can see myself in him because I want to just travel. Cole Bennett also inspires me as well, I hate saying his name sometimes because people always compare me to him. They would say I'm the black Cole Bennett or the East Cost Cole Bennett. I met Cole when went to Texas, he has his own show for his artist and I saw him walking down the stairs and I went to go talk to him. He brushed me off at first because he thought I was a rapper, he didn’t see my camera initially. I called his name and he saw my camera and we began talking, it was to the point that I was willing to take a flight to Chicago to learn his techniques. Whats so funny is Cole is my age just located on the West Coast. Everything that I am doing he already did, he paved the way for up and coming entrepreneurs like myself.
What was your first video shoot and photoshoot and what was the subject matter? How did you feel when you did it?
Honestly, I can't even tell you my first photoshoot because I don’t remember it (laughing). I do remember I used my friends Ryan older brothers camera. And at that point and time, I didn’t know how to operate a camera and I had no clue what manual was I just hit record. The music video was for my boy Konscious_kel. The video was terrible, it was so bad, but it was my first music video. After that, I recorded two music videos for Titus who is a rapper as well. January of 2018 I decided to take my craft more serious, I have an addictive personality so when I fought I was really good and my perception of losing isn’t really a loss. it is more or so what could I do to improve to be better. I brought that same attitude into photography and videography and began to go through each step of what I needed to do to make it better. I then started to make more videos, my fourth video was for my boy Kel, my boy Mitch and then I shot a video in New York for the first time. My next video was for Eric, the video was about poetry and it was really cool because it was the first time me using special effects. From there my passion and my skills grew and I became better at what I did. When it came to photography I was more of an editor and my best friend took the pictures.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use to have a Canon T7I for a long time, and that was the camera that I used at the time. I sold it because I thought I was going to get a new camera and that wasn’t the case. Now I use the Canon S02, but if you look at my last two videos I did in LA and Fort Myers I used some type of Panasonic camera. I also use Sony cameras and I also purchased a 35mm lenses as well.
Who is Addachy? How does your craft define you?
I would describe myself as Quick, always on my toes when it comes to creativity. I think of myself as a visual artist. I don’t like to make music nor do I make beats but if you give me a beat and I am working with Ryan he’ll record and ill edit. I can visually make my own art out of it, from marketing to how things appeal to people.
Who do you work with when it comes to your projects?
Its normally just me shooting besides that sometimes I would have my best friend Laura with me. If she is not with me then Ryan is with me and recently I have linked up with other photographers who shoot with me as well. All the photographers on the area we all link up with one another.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
In ten years? I'm trying to make things happen right now! Next year I want to do what I'm doing right now, it just depends on where. My middle goal is to be on tour with the artist. Photographers go on tour with their artist and just document everything that they do from the tour to their everyday life and get paid a lot of money to do that. so other than perfecting my craft that's one of my goals to come.
How do you wish to inspire young people?
I wish to inspire them by letting them know that everything around you is art in some type of way. From a visual and photography standpoint, it just depends on the lighting and shadows. I can take a sick picture of you standing by the blinds on my phone or the camera and the effect from the shadows will stand out. I want people to know that everything around you is art and to create it takes a lot of confidence, to just get up and just do it and put it out their takes a lot of confidence as well. You have to gain confidence in order to do things. If I to stop at my third video we would not be having this interview right now. So everything is a process and it takes confidence.