Adeline Lulo, Photographer
Born in Washington Heights, Adeline Lulo represents the youthful, creative energy of Uptown. The Parsons School of Design graduate grew up between The Heights and The Bronx, while also spending time in her homeland of the Dominican Republic. It was all of these neighborhoods that inspired her to pick up a camera and begin shooting. Her photos (mostly shot on film) often represent her Domincan culture. The highlight of her young career has been shooting a campaign for the release of the "De Lo Mio" Dominican AF1's in 2018.
Get to know Adeline and her work by watching the video above and reading the additional questions below.
Favorite place to go uptown?
My grandma's house on 164th, that's the number one go to place for me. You can go to Abuela's house no matter what time in the day and there's definitely going to be somebody there. Just going and showing up and knowing there's going to be a cooked meal. That's how Abuela is.
Why did you want to be featured in J. Hood Wright Park?
J. Hood Park was one of the parks we went to growing up. It always stood out to me because it's really beautiful with the bridge. They also designed the park so that it looks like a bridge when you’re playing in it.
Within the past year, I also did a photoshoot here for Nike for the De Lo Mio's that came out. For that shoot they gave us the freedom to create whatever resonated with us and inspired us about the shoe, and I started to think about my childhood and what that shoe meant to me. I thought about being in Washington Heights with my cousins and being at my grandma's house with a camera and telling my cousins, "let me take a picture of you posing in front of the apartment door." I really wanted to recreate that feeling; being with your sisters, putting on fresh kicks and having a nice outfit, having your hair done and just having a good time together. I decided to shoot that here with a few friends I felt had that same energy.
How did you get into photography?
Since the day I was born my mom was documenting me and my sister. She was documenting what she loved, she was documenting her entire family. She inspired me because I see my mom with this camera, and then we'd go to the pharmacy and suddenly we got all the images. I’m looking at them like how is this possible? Since that moment, I was young, like six or seven, I just wouldn’t want to put the camera down. She would have her 35mm point and shoot and I'd always put my hands on it and she would try and take it away from me and I was like "No I want to use it!" I just had a huge archive growing up and I still have it under my bed in a box. It's crazy to see how you can freeze time and you can relive these memories.
"I think it's an amazing way to give back to the community, to say 'we see you, we hear you, you're important.' I'm really excited to see how they’re going to interact with the community."