My name is Demetrius Philp, but I go by a few nicknames, the preferred ones are D or dp, short for portraitsbydp… My fascinating journey began in Kingston, Jamaica. My mother told me that my love for the camera began one night when the light of a shooting star in the night sky caught my attention. My desire to capture what I saw began at that moment. I started creating photos and the disposable camera became my friend in the early ’90s. I was inspired visually by my culture around me, the vivid colors, my countrymen and women and their fashion, and the music from the sound systems in the neighborhood. Everything I saw was something worth saving and remembering. While I was in high school, I met Jo Ann Clukies, a mentor, a teacher, and a strong woman. She saw something in me that I did not see and she inspired me to keep creating photos. She taught me the fundamentals of “Writing with Light” and I became fascinated with the dark-room process, developing my own negatives, and seeing my images come to life. I was proud and excited - that 4 years went by fast and my hard work allowed me to go to college. I went on to graduate from Brooks Institute of Photography. I have spent over ten years assisting and shooting and building my signature style as a photographer and director. Rather than keeping my head down, as a Black, man I have chosen to allow my light to shine. Photography is the only art that allows me to truly express myself. Photography connects me with people, starting with a conversation, leading to an iconic portrait. I’m a portrait, lifestyle, sports, and advertising photographer. The creative process frees me. I find freedom in photography. Creating portraits frees my soul. I love what I do and respect this medium. I always put in 110 percent effort. My work reflects my passion and personality. When not behind the camera I love to be in the midst of life whether hiking, bowling, running, or just hanging out with friends and family.
Group Exhibition - California State Building, San Francisco, CA - February 2019
PDN Face Winner Runner Up - Winter 2018
Solo Exhibition “The Bedroom” The Cannery, San Francisco, CA - March 2018
Open Studio - Selected Works, San Francisco, CA - May 2017
Bloomberg Businessweek / Runners World Mag / Dockers / Amyang Fashun