I recently got a chance to talk to a friend of mine, Aren Johnson, who is a dope photographer based in the DMV, better know as Wishmd. Aren got his start about 3 years ago when he recieved a camera and photography lessons from his mother as a Christmas gift. These classes peaked his interest and he started dabbling in photography with his friend Travis and began building his portfolio and making connections around DC. After making posts on Tumblr with his friends Branton, Christian, Levi and BJ, and getting a lot of positive feedback, Aren began to seriously work on his craft and develop the subtle and unique skills we see in his artistry today. He and his friends brainstorm ideas to come up with their creative visions for each project they do. The style of photography Aren focuses on is street and urban chic, he relates to the style and vibe of his subjects and feels at home with this type of art. He also shoots many concerts because of the vibes and the unique style each artist helps to make his photos come to life.
In the last few months, Aren has been a part of Charged Up Fest, working closely with DJ Alizay and Paris Hines as his mentors, learning the art and creative side of photography and music! He's also covered Trillectro for Barf Troop and is the Creative Director for The Art of Imperfect. As Creative Director, Aren polls models, comes up with designs and ideas for different collections, and helps to get different graphic designers to work with the label. With these accomplishments he’s expressed his goal to one day become an editor and photographer for Fader or Complex magazines.
Aren has a lot of creativity within his work but it's not just him alone. He has collaborated a with a lot of clothing brands and other artists in the DMV like Abiola Fapohunda, a dope visual artist and creative mind behind the Crown Cap. He and Abi met in the 10th grade and have been doing projects together since. Some other artist Aren works with are Rvshi, BFree, Takehiro Ohtan, Ev Bravado and other visual artists and photographers around the area. Some companies that support and collab with Aren for photoshoots are Elvnthhr, homieswonderland, Billions of Currency, and Lost Credit Clothing. You can find some of Aren's work on Instagram Wishmd and on his website Wishmd.co