Getting To Know Jordan Aponte from SOTA; A Photographer With An Eye For Style

Getting To Know Jordan Aponte from SOTA; A Photographer With An Eye For Style

June 4th, 2017

You first met Che in Rochester works for actor Che Holloway, an impromptu interview and amble through the Neighborhood of the Arts.

An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!

Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 60 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.

For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews

Che is a proud graduate of the School of the Art and has featured many SOTA alums, including Britton Bradford, Kayoz Fortune, Ajani Jeffries, Marguerite Frarey, Willie “El Mongoose” Monroe Jr., Willis Ajamu Brooks , James Kegler, Taye Diggs, Evalyn Gleason, Adrian DiMatteo, Biz LaChance and Saadiq Muhammad, Manny Greene and Kaisean Roseboro , Rayla Meshawn, Cory Wolin and Brazy Vazquez.

Che also highlighted four members of the SOTA theater department: Lorie Dewey, Michelle Accorso Sapere, Ed Myers and Luke Fellows, as well as Arts Center Director Adele Fico.

In this highlight, Che turns our attention to SOTA alum, Jordan Aponte.

Getting To Know Jordan Aponte; A Photographer With An Eye For Style

Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc. monalisa

My name is Jordan Aponte, I’m 25 year’s old. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and moved to NYC when I was 8 year’s old. I attended School of the Arts where I majored in Theater Technology and minored in piano. After that I attended Bryant & Stratton college for Graphic Design.

IMG_9772What inspired you to be a photographer? Early experiences worth sharing?

What initially inspired me to become a photographer was my ability to draw and paint courtesy of my mother, Who also brought me my first camera when I was 14 and I would take pictures of silly things like windows and sidewalks. (Haha) Eventually I had the brilliant idea that I wanted to be in these pictures and so began the monster we know today as BlackCrowned Photography!

Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.

Well being apart of the LGBTQ Community every opportunity is often faced with adversity, So its very rare things go smoothly (Haha) however there was a time where I was to present my work at a gallery and was essentially told I wouldn’t be able to because of who I am. But we can just say this person no longer works there after the administration heard.

IMG_4558What do you believe sets you apart from other photographers?

Fearlessness, No just kidding i’m terrified, I think that’s what helps me capture images that can be described as outside the box.

Do you have other interests or hobbies?IMG_3445

I love to paint, as well as draw sketches – 100% unfinished sketches (Haha), I also love fashion and adore Fashion Designer Chasmar D. Wells of Dhork Fashions.

Any projects you have out or currently working on?

Currently we are working on several projects one of the more closer approaching ones is the Community Clean Sweep, Currently on its 2nd year so that’s pretty awesome. After that I will be flying off to Atlanta Georgia for a photo-shoot with the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) for PrEP, campaigning against HIV.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

Where we all see ourselves, on-top – a pillar in the community. Successful and renowned.

edittttWhat advice can you give to aspiring artists/entertainers/photographers?

You got to go for your hearts desire, No matter how small or impossible it may seem, We are all still learning and growing. Mess up and create art from it.

How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?

I have a couple different Facebook pages where you can find me and what I and my team do in tandem



About The Author

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History and a Storyteller in Residence at the SmallMatters Institute. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, the CITY, Lake Affect Magazine and Brighton Connections. My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.


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