Aaron Valenzuela by Travis Chantar
As a mixed-race queer individual, NYC-based photographer Travis Chantar teeters on the outskirts of many cultures, looking on, observing patterns. Largely, tradition informs identity, and perspective is thoroughly rooted in social context. "Rarely do we reconsider these confines, much less define our own", he opinionates. His interest centers around appreciating diversity and enriching societal narrative through artistic ritual. Decoration, particularly of the human body, holds powerful emotional and cultural significance, deepening the experience. "As we move toward a global society, there is great opportunity to celebrate each other through new, shared culture", he stated. He recently released a beautiful coffee table photography book entitled "Tribe". "Bodily decoration is powerful and shapes identity. Aesthetic rituals resonate back to the earliest suggestion of humanity. As dividing societal lines dissolve, golden opportunities arise for us to design a new, shared culture. Through art, we celebrate and humanize each other".