Just by looking at the streams of thoughts showcased on social media sites, you would never know that Vee, the man behind Veeurbanite, was so level headed. Luckily, I was blessed to have met Vee one lonely Tumblr night a few years ago. Our mutual boredom struck and constructed a great pathway for acquaintanceship and creative collaboration. From top to bottom, Vee has launched projects for his personal photography, Veetography, which mostly is derived in the streets of New York City. Through his development, he has been consistently featuring New York’s lifestyle with a humble and realistic native’s lens.
When you browse through his personal portfolio, you won’t find the usual skyscrapers, life on the ritz, and nightly party reel. It is much more familiar to those who are native to The Big Apple. “Honestly, I like some photographer’s work but I try not to compare what I do to others. I picked up my camera almost by accident. When I started making tees in high school, I needed to shoot the products. Funny thing is, I am a perfectionist and I couldn’t find anyone to do it the way I wanted it so I went online, did some research, and ordered myself a DSLR,” he commented. Few find their musings in a storm of perfectionism. Actually, it’s nearly the opposite. Since the days with DSLR, Vee has picked up another tool to further his creativity, an iPhone. When iPhone first launched, its camera boasted a fixed focus 2.0 megapixel camera. That has certainly changed as this is Vee’s preferred shooting tool. “The iPhone is a great device for photography. It fits in your pocket. Without a doubt, a smart phone is the only camera that you have with you 24 hours a day. The fact that they are constantly improving them by making it harder to walk around with something bigger,” he shared. He’s right. I can see the haughty photography scene lifting their nose a little higher right now. He doesn’t seem to mind. If I have learned anything from my short time with this man, he stands firm on what he knows to logically be true.
You can follow his work particularly on Instagram (@veeurbanite), his VSCO grid and his Twitter (@veeurbanite) account.