Who Is Larry Potter?
My name is Malcolm X Brown.
I chose the name "Larry Potter" shortly before I began taking photos because I wasn't happy with who I was. Born into a very abusive household, I realized very early on in my life that the only things I knew how to feel or understand were sadness, fear, loss, but mostly this all encompassing feeling of nothingness. There was no MAGIC in my reality. I didn't want to be me. I felt powerless all the time.
I found photography at 23 years old.
Before that point, I had no artistic output. I spent my simply time existing. That was when everything changed. It was like being awoken from a deep sleep. I found a means to put the things I felt, the things I wish I knew how to feel, and all the sad thoughts/memories i've had into something physical. I spent every single day making photos. Thousands of hours spent learning how to create and interpret. I distanced myself from everyone I knew and focused solely on photography. It changed the perspective I had on my own life and the lives of the people around me. It directly lead to the shattering and rebuilding of my overall world view, values, and desires.
Born somewhere in New York City during the summer of 1993.
I went on to spend the first 20 years of my life being raised by someone who someone who would constantly remind me of how much they regretted my existence through violent action and disgustingly painful words. There was no love, no birthdays, no kindness, just darkness. I didn't have a way to express the things that I was felt, I didn't know of a way to learn to understand the things that I couldn't. That first 20 years would go on to heavily influence my photography.
And now here I am.
Photography has taken me to 10+ states, given me the opportunity to work with dozens of talented models/artists/agencies/smaller businesses, given me the drive I needed to pursue my BFA, and so much more. It gave me the means to decide who I could become and with the realization of that decision, I chose to be better. Some say a portfolio shouldn't be so personal but I feel my photos mean nothing without knowing me. So now that you've gotten a small glimpse into my journey up until this point, I'd heavily suggest clicking the button below.