Rell Stylez is a self-taught photographer based in Philadelphia, PA, who has been an artist since he was an adolescent. . Growing up in West Philly, Stylez was inspired by the Street Art of Philly writers such as the late Razz, Credit and Espo. Moved by the graffiti he saw every day in his travels, Stylez began to tag his neighborhood walls with his own artwork. Through Street Art, Stylez was able to channel ideas of how an image can have an impact on the eye of an observer. These ideas later inspired his creative eye in his photo art years later.
As Stylez grew as a visual artist, his choice of mediums expanded to include paint and pastels, he linked with other artists and formed the collective Sharp With Art Group. With SWAG, Stylez helped produce art exhibits showcasing his work alongside other artists. Playing a key role in organizing art exhibits helped Stylez not only learn more about different styles of art; it also helped him get a better understanding of the art business.
When SWAG disbanded Stylez found himself wantingto express his creativity in a new way. Though he loved drawing and painting he was no longer fulfilled artistically. After some soul searching and personal reflection he decided to experiment with photography.
Once Stylez put a digital camera in his hands, he discovered his new passion. He studied photographers and educated himself on different techniques to improve his craft. He realized that with a camera he could create art by manipulating real life scenes and lighting to form an image that could exude various moods. He worked with models who experimented with poses and expressions that made the images more impactful.
After a year of studying the art of photography and sharing some of his work on social media Stylez decided to build a business around his new craft. He named his photography brand “Visual Vibration.” The name came from Stylez recognizing that photos send off vibrations to the visual eye and these vibrations can stimulate thoughts. Stylez describes his work as edgy and experimental with a touch of sensuality. As he continues to grow as a photographer his recent work he feels will add to discussions on race, culture, sexuality, politics, and femininity.
Stylez founded Visual Vibration with two objectives. The first is to create what he calls “conceptual experimental photo art” that could bring enjoyment and discussion for art admirers. Secondly, he wanted to provide photography services to those who admired his work and are interested in using his photography services for personal and business purposes.