‘Visual Ninja’: Compelling stories through photography

Jik-Reuben Pringle is a 28-year-old Jamaican photographer, who is known for his captivating story-telling portraits.

The ‘Visual Ninja’ himself (Photo: Jik-Reuben Pringle)

“Personally, photography is an important channel of communicating. Not everyone can feel from just reading but [people] definitely get sparked or triggered from a visual representation of a message,” he explained.

The award-winning ‘Sun and Moon Eclipse’ piece (Photo: Jik-Reuben Pringle)

Pringle is hailed as a ‘visual advocate’ due to his unique, bold representation of illnesses through photography.

Known in the local creative spaces as the ‘Visual Ninja’, Jik-Reuben finished his Made for More project two years ago with Davianne Tucker, which was lauded for exceptionally tackling Endometriosis and other societal topics.

Jik-Reuben’s DOMZ piece (Photo: Jik-Reuben Pringle)

He is currently working with Sanshegay Peart (S.A.C.E) on a project/documentary to bring awareness to a rare bone disease called Osteogenesis Imprefecta.

Sanshegay Peart (S.A.C.E) stands as Jik-Reuben’s muse as the pair bring awareness to Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Photo: Jik-Reuben Pringle)

“My influences definitely move from various places, music, artists and even family members, some of the primary ones are members of the Reggae Revival. I love pulling references from documentaries, other art forms, such as writing, paints, and illustrations,” he said.

He named two recent influences, Justice Mukheli and Andre D. Wagner.

Pringle is currently working on a potential 10-year anniversary piece that will go on exhibit in October 2020.

— Story written by Shania Hanchard