We had the good fortune of connecting with Armánd Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Armánd, do you have any interesting experiences or advice related to making friends as an adult?
One aspect of adulthood is connecting with people with similar interests as you and the love each of you has for that interest. The current state of the nation has regulated many to only interacting through online means such as video games, social media, and online learning. Through these avenues, many of us have discovered new interests and made new connections with sincere individuals in those communities.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My chosen expression of art is photography. I enjoy photographing people. That said, my most enjoyment comes from shooting black and brown women in particular. I view them as majestic. I want to convey that in my images of them and create representations that inspire viewers to perceive them in a positive manner. They are beautiful. They are sexy. They are intelligent. They are fashionable. They are strong. They are admirable in all aspects. Nothing worth having or achieving is ever easy for the work is always refining as I strive for it to match my appreciation of my subject matter(s). And that is the challenge. To continue to create impactful images that inspire others on a positive trajectory. Even when the support doesn’t seem present, you have to persistent enough to continue knowing the end result is worth the work. I constantly work on my personal project to portray positive beautiful images of women of color hoping to reshape the world’s perspective of how they are portrayed. I want to change the narrative in a positive fashion of how one of the groups of people I admire the most.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m not sure during the quarantine (joking) as we try to return to some form of normalcy. There are some spots like the wall art in Deep Ellum that I enjoy and great restaurants like Capital Grille. The metroplex has much to offer, but everyone loves shopping. So, that’ll definitely be on the list. I’m not a good tour guide. So, I’ll more than likely just ask them what they want to get into and go from there…
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are many people I’d like to shout out, but I don’t think there’d be enough time. Firstly, I like to give thanks to my late mother who has always believed in my expression of art. I try to do proud of her along with my uncle Richard and auntie Evelyn Khelama. In this work, you meet individuals who continue to support without wanting anything in return. So, I definitely want to shout some of them such as Aya Washington, Desiree Phillips, Syediah McBride, and the many people on social media that have shown love to my work. Arrogant as it may seem, I’d like to shout out myself as well. It takes a special passion to do something you love as many times only you can understand the possible impact of the work you do.
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