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Jaryd Niles-Morris takes compelling pictures you want to see. His work is not the generic, gratuitous stuff which far too often focuses more on the artist than the subject. At the age of 31, he is someone who has cultivated a style I like to describe as one-third voyeurism, one-third instigation, and one-third ambition. Jaryd, a young native of the Barbados publishes stunning images for exhibitions, commercial projects, and fashion editorials equallysomething increasingly rare as most photographers tend to specialize. While many others can’t afford to shy away from wedding photography to make ends meet, his solid reputation has allowed him the freedom to travel a different path to develop his artistry.

This creative genius masters the art of bringing different worlds to play in the same sandbox. His fashion editorials are conceptual formations with the attributes of the finest art. His recent project “Chop Suey” which closed last month, was referred to as an “immersive” project. Hoping to connect both Barbadian and traveling artists, it presented patrons with an alternate or “unexpected” way to experience art and music. This exhibit paid close attention to sexuality, power and mortality and featured all black and white compositions. His use of music adds another dimension to his art; it sets the tone and context in which the audience is to receive and appreciate the collection, inviting the viewer to follow the artists’ creative journey.

His story is one of persistence and confidence. On an Island the size of Barbados, there is only so much one can do if your dream is to pursue a career in the arts, even though they are taught at a post secondary level. Funding opportunities for artists is a struggle in larger countries like Canada and the US; the realities and limitations, by contrast, are far greater on an island the size of Barbados. I will never forget when I first met JNM: It was about 11 years ago when I was coming up as a stylist in Barbados. My best friend and business partner, at the time, and I were being photographed by one of the island’s top talents, Joel Brooks, and Jaryd was his apprentice. We created some stunning photos that day, which was my first time working with someonewhat I respected and who maintained a level of professionalism one doesn’t see too often. Since then, Jaryd has established himself as a leading creative in the Caribbean, to rival any other.

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