UA Pursuit Profile: Visuals By Pierre Will Never Be Content
Under Armour’s latest collection, UA Pursuit, is for those above the influence–the haters, distractions, obstacles, and anything in their way to dominance. It’s for those who are on an endless pursuit for greatness–a pursuit that doesn’t just end on the field, in the office, or in the booth. They’ve designed a line of ready to wear pieces to take you from the practice field to game day, whether that’s a literal example or a metaphor for your daily life. To help exemplify their inspiration, Under Armour chose a handful of athletes, musicians, and tastemakers to profile. These are their stories.
If you meet someone from New York City with a job, chances are very high that the person has a side hustle as well. It’s in their blood. Whether it’s a passion or another means to pay for an exorbitant rent, a 5-9 “job” has become almost as prevalent as the Timbs and hoodie stereotype. For Visuals by Pierre, photography filled his free time when he wasn’t working at a non profit. But he stuck with his camera when there weren’t enough hours in the day to do everything he wanted, and now he can count Adidas, Nike, Coach, Kohls, Kith, and more among his client list.
Born and raised in Far Rockaway Queens, NY, Visuals by Pierre attended St. john’s University to study TV, Film, and Communications. He immediately started work at a non profit after graduating. Around his fifth year, he had an important decision that was quickly made for him:
“A huge obstacle in my career was whether or not to do it full time. I was working a 9-5 and doing photography on the side and it came to a point when I had to make a decision. That decision was made for me because I was fired; I skipped work to shoot a wedding.”
Now looking back, he knows to give himself more credit and be confident: “Some advice I would give to my younger self would be to take the opinions and thoughts of others with a grain of salt and learn to believe and trust in your own abilities and thoughts.” Since pursuing photography full time, he’s found a new sense of drive to constantly push himself. That focus has landed him love from popular photography and fashion sites like Fashion Bomb Daily and now he’s running a creative studio, Evolve Studios, with his long time friend and collaborator Joe Cavallini. The quick recognition he started receiving from big name brands still couldn’t shake his humility.
“It’s very easy to remain humble; I’ve attained a level of success but I understand it isn’t nearly close to the goal I have set for myself; and the people I hold closest to me I feel haven’t fully truly realized their dreams so until that day I always feel like I haven’t done anything and that keeps me humble.”
It’s thoughts like these that make us wonder what magnitude of success Visuals by Pierre would have to attain for him to happily retire. The answer is that it doesn’t exist: “I don’t ever intend on retiring; like Bill [Cunningham] I want to shoot until I die.” It makes sense that he aims to never stop going in since he looks at creating as fuel for him to survive. Lil Wayne eats rappers and Visuals by Pierre takes pictures. Fortunately his skill with the camera is proficient enough that it pays the bills now and also get him potential flights to Paris and South Africa for work. Eventually he’ll be creative directing full on visual campaigns for brands that he personally rocks with. Until then you’ll probably catch him taking your picture on the streets while he listens to Future’s “March Madness.”