My name is Claud-Michael Pringle more popularly known as Jik-Reuben Pringle. I am a 24 year old Photographer/ Videographer that lives in Kingston, Jamaica and I am the Visual Ninja.
I developed a deep passion for photography in 2008 at my high school library, where I spent hours flipping through National Geographic Magazines. It was at this age I knew in the future I wanted to travel and capture different cultures and landscapes across the globe. However it wasn’t until 2010 when I joined UTECHs photography club and subsequently became the president that the interest blossomed into what it is today. From the modest days of using a point and shoot camera to covering my first live concert I have grown and continued to capture a host of different live shows and I have also branched out into portraits, landscapes, food, commercial, corporate events and wedding photography. In Summer 2014, I joined the Paint Jamaica team as videographer / photographer. I also received a Merit Award in JCDC Art competition and exhibition under the photographer category in March 2015.
This year during July to August 2015, I made some big strides on the international scene by participating in UP! United Purpose Tour hosted by Nanook Enterprise, which granted myself access to two gallery spaces in Germany and Three Live Music festivals in Germany and Spain. It was a fruitful experience and I had the pleasure of Exhibiting in the Kunst Pauli Gallery as well as having my first full Photographic exhibition at the Spreeviera Gallery at Yaam, Berlin which was an incredible experience. The Exhibition consisted of 17 of my conceptual portraits and was attended by representatives of the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Ambassador of Jamaica in Germany Her Excellency Joy Wheeler. See my Yaam, Berlin Album for photos. On this tour I also got the access to acquire press passes for two of the largest Reggae Festivals, ReggaeJam and Rototom: Sunsplash. In Addition I had the opportunity to cover my first Indie Festival called Skandalös. This experience granted exposure I needed and sculpted me into a much stronger visual artist, which can directly be seen in my photos before and after the tour.
Photography for me is about exploring emotions and unearthing different perspectives; this can be seen through my unique cinematic approach that yields alluring photographs that are sincere and soulful. I believe this distinct approach has built up a love for concert photography, black and white and portrait portraiture. In the 5 years since I started I have transformed into the Visual Ninja and have earned recognition for my unique perspectives. The passion for black and white and portraiture has led me to explore themes such as black empowerment, women empowerment, equality, cancer awareness and other illnesses. All of which is evident in my most recent works.
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