Averell Mondie | Night Stalker

“There's always something worth capturing and sharing, even among the mundane,” says 21 year old photographer, Averell Mondie. His “Night Stalker” series is currently on display in the coffee shop. 

Born and raised in Memphis, Averell is the Communications Director for the Frayser Community Development Corporation by day and a street photographer by night. He says he likes to catch people between jobs and on their lunch breaks, visitors to the city, and basically anyone who is out alone. He takes broad, wide angle street shots while roaming Midtown, Downtown, North Memphis, and South Memphis at night. “I showcase a certain vibe and feel that hasn't been focused on or captured before,” he says.

Most of Averell’s photography takes place between 10:00pm and 2:00am. He usually goes out alone or with a group of four. They carpool, ride bikes, or take the bus. “I personally find comfort in the night. I'm not really someone who gets scared or has anxiety. I seek it out. I'm my most creative and productive at night,” he explains. 
Street photography can be very intimate or distant. “You have to ask yourself, ‘How close can I get? What can I take photos of and what should I not take photos of?’” Averell has developed a signature style over the last three and a half years and is thrilled to have his first solo show at City & State.

“I don't live too far from City & State, so I come in a lot. It's my second home,” he jokes. Averell’s current favorite drink is the Rooibos Lavender Latte, but he also likes the Ginger Plum tea. “I go back and forth. I'm usually open to try whatever is new on the menu.”

Averell’s show has gotten him some well-deserved recognition. He believes it legitimizes what he’s doing and has allowed him to showcase what he’s capable of. He’s very serious about his photography. He wants to define Memphis by capturing what’s happening and what’s changing. By focusing on the city’s soul and inherent grittiness, Averell hopes to provide a different perspective in his photos.

The Night Stalker series started about a year and a half ago and spurred from Averell wanting to capture Memphis in a moody vibe. He started roaming different parts of city at night looking for shots that incorporated existing lighting. The resulting photos capture a certain darkness and mystery.

The ten photos he selected for the City & State show all have cold tones and are primarily printed in a cinematic style. The full series has 150 photos mostly taken within the first few months of 2016. Meet Averell and see his selected photos at the closing reception on Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:00-7:00pm. More info on the event can be found here.

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