Name

Khoury Humphrey

About

About his photography:

Creator and owner of bePROUD! Photography, Khoury has been doing freelance photography since 2006. He has over three years experience in studio photography and his freelance gigs have taken him across many states. In 2014 he had an opportunity of a lifetime and landed a contract gig with the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters and shot 10 games with them while on tour. He has volunteered for the Empty Closet Newspaper of Rochester which also sent him to many interesting events!

Khoury doesn’t care about the money but enjoys the experience! Need photos of you or something? Contact him! He’s done many shoots for free or through barter and trade. Growing up with two disabled parents, there wasn’t much extra money in the household. His family couldn’t afford school, sports, or family portraits. That’s what inspired Khoury to take up photography. He wanted everyone to feel proud of their pictures-no matter if they could afford it or not. Because to be proud of something is free.

Khoury believes that we all should bePROUD!

He specializes in studio photography, event photography, pet photography, nightlife photography, and enjoys all the other kinds! His favorite is nature photography and taking pictures of animals and insects. He’s great at editing and making sure everyone can be proud of their photos.

About his artwork:

Extraordinary multi-media artist, and freelance photographer, Khoury Humphrey moved to Rochester, NY during the summer of 2012.

Inspired at a young age by his father, Humphrey pursued exploring his
creativity despite never having taken a formal art or photography
class. His family provided a great source of encouragement and support
while growing up. “I’d receive art supplies as my standard gift—even
to this day.” Armed with crayons and paper, Humphrey remembers waking
up at 4:30 in the morning to watch the television show Pappy Drew It.
Often he would become exasperated that his drawings rarely resembled
what was shown on TV. “I always thought I had no natural talent, that
I was a crummy artist.” Despite this, he recalls fondly, “My father
always encouraged me though, [he] was always impressed.” In elementary
school, his teacher entered one of his drawings into a contest which
won a judge’s award.

Humphrey comes to Rochester from southwestern Oklahoma. Although he admits that he is relatively new to the exhibitioner side of, what he refers to as, the “art world," he expresses disdain towards the pretention that many galleries emit. He shares a disappointing story about the "art world” he experienced as a child with his father who was asked to leave the City Art Counsel Community Art Room because his style of dress (compared to a homeless biker) made other patrons uneasy. Humphrey strongly opposes this type of uncivility and stifling of personal creative expression, especially from those who consider themselves as open minded as the art community. He also dislikes how art is generally not meant to be touched. He forces himself to resist the urge of reaching out when visiting other people’s galleries. “I want my artwork unframed—I invite people to touch my work. It’s a compliment to me. One sense isn’t enough for artwork.”

Outer space, dead trees, cephalopods, birds, and human bodies, are
common themes found in his work. “I really enjoy dead trees for some
reason—I suppose growing up in the land of the Great Plains, where droughts are common, contributed to that.” Humphrey implements different methods into his work. His latest piece is a set, consisting of three individual paintings, and has yet to be titled. He asked me how many
vultures I could see. Initially none stood out. “This might help," he said, moving a black light over the piece. "Look for the eyes.” And lo-and-behold, the eyes emanated an eerie glow. Like an optical illusion, once the vultures were pointed out, it was difficult to imagine how I did not notice them in the first place. “I like keeping things vague so the individual can interpret [my art] as they see fit.”

In 2012, Humphrey spent a brief stint selling art on Venice Beach Boardwalk in Venice, California. This was a turning point for his career as he explains, “It gave me the confidence I needed putting myself out there for the first time in my life.” He says jokingly, “I still owe the family I was living with new curtains from ink splatters.”

Specialties

  • Photography
  • Multimedia Design
  • Creative Illustration
  • Art

Skills

  • Adobe After Effects
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Dreamweaver
  • InDesign
  • Flash Professional
  • Raw Materials
  • Reclaimed Items
  • Digital Photography