This article features the work of a Latino and gay identified LA based artist, Manny Serratos.
Manny Serratos is an eclectic visual artist who combines the world we live in, with his genius photography. Being completely self-taught with no formal education, Manny has converged into a world of fresh perspective, captivating many as if opening their eyes for the first time.
Manny enjoys exploring photography in it’s beauty where others do not see it. He illuminates the mundane, bringing a raw, simplistic, and ethereal combination to a beautiful new level.
Manny’s vision is complex, real, and illustrious; capturing a small moment in everyday life and
illustrating the world in it’s beauty through finite detail. He see’s the world through the missed, and captures the details that exude reality.
Based out of Los Angeles CA, Manny has created work conducive to his environment and has set the bar up high with many photographers today. Manny is the definition of a multi-faceted photographer, being strong in all his work with minute detail that associates the vision of his work through a photo.
Q & A with Manny Serratos
What inspires your new photo collection called ”Saint and Sinners?”
Breaking the stereo types of how you have to look a certain way to make it in society.
Please elaborate on these stereotypes and not being able to make it in society.
Well, being Latino myself, with a shaved head, with tatts, many times I have experienced prejudice. Sometimes people are afraid of me just because of the way I look. Or how the “clean cut” look is the only acceptable appearance that will grant us to be successful. So by photographing these guys, I’m showing them in a different light. Where someone would be typically be scared of them or judge them- I’m shooting them where someone would be drawn to them, making them almost angelic like.
Through this collection, how do you plan on representing the gay Latino community in Los Angeles? Would you say that these images reflect the subculture of young gay Latin-urban men?
In a way, I feel that the brightness of the natural light in these images “washes” away all stereotypes and stigma. There isn’t straight or gay. It’s seeing the guys for who they are and reaching deep in their souls.