“So I first saw Jodie Smith in Seu Jorge short film The Model: Oshun and the Dream. I was enchanted by and wondered who was this girl. Well, by chance, she flew into New York for a shoot, but it was cancelled due to the snow and so she gave me a call late night and we had an impromptu shoot just to introduce ourselves to each other and as rushed as it was I found some gems to share.”

– Kwesi Abbensetts

It seems like whenever I feature the works of Kwesi, I am impressed by what he is capable of accomplishing in a short period of time. I’ll admit that I am impressed by the instinctive artistry that allows him to reveal his visions in a seemingly effortless manner, but an ability to “beat the clock” is not the driving force of his spirited compositions. The spirit in the compositions are what make the works remarkable. Kwesi portrays a breezy, soulful vibe that is ubiquitous in his works.

Soulful moments…captured in thirty minutes. “Beating the clock” is still cool.


Kwesi Abbensetts is a South American born photographer, hailing from the country of Guyana.  In 2006 while in his final year of film school at Brooklyn College, Kwesi purchased a FUJI 5600 digital camera and from thereon his love for photography blossomed.  Photography gave him the immediacy that was missing from film.  A self taught photographer, Kwesi had no prior formal training. Having traveled around the Caribbean, Kwesi has shot travel photography in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.  Being self taught has allowed Kwesi to create and shape his own individual template that is identifiably distinct when it comes to creating images.
Contact: 862 438 3058    •   kwesiabbensetts@gmail.com


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