Spotlight On Talent: Actor/Photographer Patrick J. Mitchell

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Spotlight On Talent: Actor/Photographer Patrick J. Mitchell

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This multi-talented actor and  photographer is celebrating over 30 years on and off stage, performing the last 20 years on and off Broadway.  He  has  done stage and  screen work and also has a successful career as a photographer. Let’s take some time to get to know him personally.
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Sapphire: You’ve  been an actor for 30 years and  have appeared in various plays on and off Broadway. What are some of the productions that you’ve been a part of?

Patrick: Most of my work has been in New York. I did a lot of shows at Brooklyn’s famed Billie Holiday Theater. Jackie Alexander’s “The Legend of Buster Neal”, which was nominated for an Auedelco Award for best ensemble and was featured in the National Black Theater Festival. Toured to several cities as Malcolm X in Jeff Stetson’s “The Meeting” and William Shakespeare’s “Othello” to name a few. Off Broadway in Nicu Spoons Production of “No Niggers No Jews No Dogs” and New Perspective Theater’s “The Cherry Orchard”. Also performing on film in Cucecity’s full feature Production’s of “The Legend of Jimi Lazer” and “Dear J”.

 

Sapphire: You’ve been a photographer for quite some time, how much different shooting digitally than with film? Do you ever still use film?

 

 

Patrick: I am fully digital particularly for the convenience. I get quicker results and turnaround and the software allows me to manipulate the data in the file artistically. It allows me the easy opportunity to present my clients with an artistic jaw dropping image.

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Sapphire: Your work is beautiful, photos so vibrant. How  do you manage to capture such amazing imagery?

 

 

Patrick: I am not sure how to answer this because beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. I don’t set out to to shoot the amazing imagery but while out something has to catch my eye and then the hunt is on. Have you ever been out; saw something that grabbed you and said to yourself ” Dam I wish I had my camera with me”. Every now and the I will grab Baby ( his camera), turn off the phone and go for a long walk with her butt just to be together.

 

Sapphire: You’re so  multi-talented you’ve also spent some time doing stand up comedy. What was it like working with Jamie Foxx?

 

 

Patrick: It was great working with him. This was before the movies and during “In Living Color”. I had auditioned for the show but of course he was funnier. Very talented and funny. Great at improv as well. It was so relaxing in the green room he was literally getting a hair cut. I learned a lot watching him.

 

Sapphire: Where did you get the moniker the “Camera Whisperer’?

 

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Patrick: I posted an image one day and got a lot of comments on it. I can’t remember which image but for some reason people felt emotional about the picture. The image aroused an emotion but no two comments had the same reaction. One of the comments said that my work seemed to have a healing quality like I was ‘The Camera Whisperer.’

 

Sapphire: What inspired your “My Children, My Africa” series? It’s beautiful.

 

Patrick: I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Lindi, Tanzania this past August with Stepping Together on a health mission. They were a team of doctors providing from cervical cancer screenings. This mission happened around the week of the biggest celebration in the district called “Nane Nane” meaning 8/8. Most of the people are farmers and they bring in their crop and meeting with others who are producing in the region. It was an amazing festival. Seeing the culture and differences from my world opened my eyes. There was very little electricity and the use of the bathroom was different. You were hard pressed to find a toilet bowl. They have a hole in the ground. That is a whole other story. I saw the kids having creative fun like our kids. Instead of a Wilson soccer ball they have taken plastic bags wrapped in tape. They played like it was the world cup.

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nature

Sapphire: You seem to have an affinity  for showcasing nature in your  photography. What about nature appeals to you so much?

Patrick: Interesting question, as I am a New Yorker I consider myself more of an urban photographer. I am leaning towards photojournalism especially since Tanzania. I think when I first got to Kentucky I was amazed by the surroundings but still drawn to city backgrounds. 

 

Sapphire: How  did you get into voice over work?

 

Patrick: I got into radio in my 20’s as a way to keep my instrument strong. It afforded me the opportunity to keep my improv sharp and my acting tuned. These tools make for good voice acting and what a lot of advertisers are looking for. I would love to do an animated film.

 

Sapphire: Are there any other hidden talents?

 

Patrick: None that I know of.

Sapphire: Where can people find out more about you?

 

Patrick: www.imagesbypatrik.com I am also on the air at www.lexingtoncommunityradio.org 7a-9a Monday thru Friday streaming live.

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