No different than the pensive Tech N9ne and the soulful Erykah Badu, Rocquez Fluellen agrees that he is definitely “sensitive about his s***."
"It comes with the territory of being passionate about the things you have to put hard work into,” Fluellen says.
Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the international beauty, commercial, fashion, editorial, and celebrity photographer makes a living off of doing what he finds to be most enjoyable- capturing all types of images and expressions by doing what the ancient Greeks knew as “drawing with light.”
Seen in almost every human endeavor and used extensively by newspapers, magazines, books, internet, and television, photographs are used to mentally convey information as well as to advertise products and services.
"I love the freedom of expression and the artistic control. I’m an artist and most artist don’t like to be conformed to rules, guidelines, or put in a box. The more freedom we have to creative or creatively express ourselves the better,” said Fluellen.
Fluellen began his photography career in film photography but felt in his heart that he belonged elsewhere: Digital Imagery. “In my opinion, film photography is for traditionalists and I’m no way a traditionalist. Digital photography allows me to have a broader range of creativity when enhancing or manipulating my art and imagery.”
Fluellen is a Savannah State University alum, who majored in visual arts. He worked with media such as charcoal, acrylic, graphite, printmaking, oil, and more, while becoming proficient in his love: photography.
“I honestly don’t know how I got into photography,” Fluellen said. “I’ve always been a creator of art, I paint, I draw, I sculpt, and one day I had a refund check and ended up in line at Best Buy. That was towards the end of my freshman year at Savannah State.”
Like most, Fluellen’s career decision was inspired by a particular person within his field. “Chad Finley, noted beauty photographer, inspired me to actually pursue a career in this field. His use of bold colors is what brought my attention to his work. He and I have totally different styles but his attention to detail and passion that’s visible in his work still inspires me daily to continue striving.”
Fluellen spent his time at Savannah State University participating in several organizations and playing other roles on campus.
“Being a camera guy, member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated, assistant to the housing coordinator at the time, and founder of Savage Incorporated were things that people on campus viewed a quite an achievement,” Fluellen said.
Savage Incorporated is one of the four modeling organizations on campus. Fluellen said he began Savage during a very rough part of his life in hopes of forming some sort of creative coping method to stop the depression he felt himself slipping under. “Providing a comfort and service to inspire other individuals really lifted my spirits and drove me to go harder in my efforts. I didn’t start Savages to perfect my craft but I chose to perfect my craft to make Savages a force to be reckoned with,” he said.
Fluellen does not credit his current success to his time at Savannah State. “Those graduates around me seem to all have flooded one career path because of the lack of obstacles, and others don’t seem to have adequate knowledge expected of a college graduate to successfully pursue their specific career path.”
Friend Reaud Sims has witnessed Fluellen behind the camera. “Fluellen is definitely a visionary. He’s managed to build himself with only knowledge of what it was he wanted to do and what he wanted it to look like,” he said. “He takes his work serious, knows what he wants, when he wants it, and how. Rocquez Fluellen is without a doubt sensitive about his s***.”