Esai Velasquez is an Afro-Latino photographer based in Queens, New York. Working primarily as a digital photographer, his work has moved from observational and street photography to exploring abstraction and portraiture. His work takes inspiration from filmmakers like Wong Kar-Wai and the A24 film company. Esai’s most recent work has documented the life of his family through the past year. His work has strongly focused on the usage of natural and artificial lighting, vibrant color, and close detail to communicate his emotional connection to photography as a whole and his family. He has previously studied photography in the Teen Academy Imagemakers program at the International Center of Photography and youth media video production at the Downtown Community Television Center. He is currently studying photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology.