Paris Visone, a Boston-based documentary photographer, is our new highlight. Happiness is what drives her and makes her become who she is today. Take a look at her story.
“Happiness is and has always my main goal. Laughing is super important to me so I do whatever is necessary to be happy and laugh as much as possible. Most of the time, photography is the thing that gets me there.”
Can you tell me about your background? (Where are you from? Why are you here in Boston? What’s your educational background?)
I was born in Saugus, MA and moved to Florida at age 4. I came back Boston for college. I graduated from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
When and why did you start taking photos? Any story behind it?
When I was younger I was really into the band Hanson. One night my mother and I were watching Entertainment tonight and there was a segment where they followed the band around for a day. They were doing a photoshoot and having so much fun, so thats when I decided I needed to become a photographer. So I can hang out with Hanson.
Who/what inspired you to become the person you are today?
I’ve always had a drive to be something more than a “I’m going to do this to make money and buy things”. I think that drive is something that you are born with. And I guess that would also be my inspiration. To stay away from that 9-5 sort of thing. Happiness is and has always my main goal. Laughing is super important to me so I do whatever is necessary to be happy and laugh as much as possible. Most of the time, photography is the thing that gets me there.
Are there any tips for photographing people?
When I photograph in my normal documentary style, I really try not to interfere with what’s going on. But even when I’m doing a set up shoot, I give very little direction. There is sometimes a sense of awkwardness, and I love that because it’s real. It’s somewhat unconventional, but for me it’s more interesting than telling someone exactly what to do. I never want photography to feel like a job. I like each project to mold itself.
Among all your works, which one is your favorite? Why?
I would have to say my personal project is my favorite. It’s titled “Years” and it evolves with my life, because it is my life. It’s somewhat of a self portrait portrayed by my family and friends.
As a photographer, where Do You Think Is The Most Beautiful Place In Boston? Why?
I lived in Allston for 3 years and I have a lot of crazy memories there. Visually it might not be the most beautiful, but to me it’s the most meaningful.
What does Boston mean to you?
The vibe of the city played a big part in how I transitioned from college student to “Adult”. Being from Boston is a very specific thing. It’s something that people can sense when meeting you. I enjoy that.
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