Daniel Mondragon is a 25-year-old photographer who was born and raised in the Mission. We asked him to pick his favorite Mission artists.
Israel Ramos is a 25-year-old video director and San Francisco State University cinematography graduate, as well as the creative director for the Hungrie Ones, a Bay Area production collective created by Israel which includes other Young Mission Talents Luis Bocangel Tomas Wischerath. Israel has lived on 24th Street his entire life. His work ranges from directing, shooting, editing, and location scouting for music videos to photography. He does it all. He said he finds the small and condensed nature of the Mission district to be most inspiring and comfortable.
Ramos: The Mission plays a definite role in inspiring my art. It can be as simple as walking down a street where nearly every building is used as a canvas for other artists. It’s a collection of small aspects that all mold into what makes the Mission such a hub for growth as an artist – Smelling the sage that burns in the streets as Aztec dancers perform, the smell of fresh baked bread on York St. before the sun rises, the youth, local artists, merchants, and neighborhood familiar faces.
What about your work?
Ramos: My catalogue ranges from photography, music videos, promotional, events and documentaries showcasing other artists that inspire me. I’m currently in the works with a couple music videos, new Hungrie Ones episodes and putting together a series for my first gallery show next year. All in the Mission District.