“I try to bring out the ugly, make it beautiful for everyone else to see and appreciate it a bit more than its stereotypes.”
— Enkrypt Los Angeles
Deeply rooted in and inspired by Los Angeles, Enkrypt Los Angeles' work not only tells the stories of the streets but of artists too. Head IT technician of one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world turned touring photographer /videographer with the help of her close friend and well-known rapper, Reverie, Enkrypt escaped the corporate world to follow a blooming passion sprouted from picking up a camera. Transitioning from the tech industry, where Enkrypt set aside her creativity for years, to that of a creative one was definitely a process.
“I worked for one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world and in working there, I shut down my creative side completely for years. When I landed there it was just figuring out mechanics. I didn’t even think about drawing or painting, things I used to do when I was younger.
They gave me a camera at work to take pictures of all the physical damages that came through the office for warranty purposes and that’s how I first got my hands on a camera. So there I was with this camera, not knowing how to use it still. I started getting that creative itch again and got obsessed. And now we are here today.
Graffiti influenced my photography because of the rush I found in street photography.
I was also, definitely influenced by the gang culture. I have made a lot portraits of gang life in LA. Not admiring it for its evilness but for its realness and rawness. Not everything is ugly like the media makes it seem. Some people had no choice. Our environment was what created us. I try to bring out the ugly, make it beautiful for everyone else to see and appreciate it a bit more than it’s stereotypes.