IN HOLLYWOOD EVERYBODY IS A STAR. WELL, MAYBE NOT EVERYBODY, BUT MANY DREAM TO BE ONE. WHICH IS MOST LIKELY THE REASON WHY THEY CAME THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. AND THUS THE RESULT IS THAT IN HOLLYWOOD YOU FIND MANY PEOPLE OF STAR QUALITY. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE. SMART PEOPLE. TALENTED PEOPLE. AND PEOPLE WHO DREAM.
As an art student at UCLA, Matson Jones – MJ to his friends – discovered a talent for depicting the human form. Ever since then he developed this talent until it became a real passion. While working towards his MFA Matson made valuable contacts and friends in the Los Angeles art community, which definitely paid of when he established himself as a fine art photographer in Hollywood. His work is published in The Advocate, Frontiers, Freshman, DNA and now BeautifulMag; and in books by publishers Bruno Gmünder & FotoFactory Press. Museums and galleries exhibit and his work is avidly collected.
Being a photographer in Hollywood must be like being a kid in a candy store. With so many talented people running from audition to audition, from photo shoot to photo shoot, it much feel like you’ve hit jackpot when it comes to finding models. However, Matson Jones likes to work with models that are new to the business. To direct them, guide them and help them to find their own style. That by itself is already very exciting. In Hollywood you never know if you might be working with the next Brad Pitt or Bradley Cooper. Those new talents are refreshing for Matson. They come with unique qualities that he likes to discover and encourage. In turn, he learns something new with each session. Many have become good friends as well as collaborators on his photo projects.
Matson has dedicated his life to nurturing his artistic vision. Which is a noble objective and not always an easy one, knowing that he works exclusively with publishing house Dadapress. They distribute MJ’s work throughout North America which is a golden opportunity for Matson. The difficult job of maintaining his artistic vision independent of the market place demands is a constant but necessary struggle as he grows as a photographer. To stay focussed on his work, Matson Jones believes it is important for him to keep a low profile in this celebrity-driven culture of Hollywood.
Shawn Mc was born in Canada but has since long exchanged the colder north for the warmer southwest and currently resides in Los Angeles. Shawn has been modelling since he was very young and has been working with some very talented photographers already, so we can hardly call him completely new to the business. But he is pretty new in the Hollywood scene and thus of interest for Matson Jones. Currently an independent model, Shawn works in the wholesale fashion industry. With an ever changing look to keep up with demands of current trends in fashion, Shawn is always on point and is willing to make a lasting impression in front of the camera. And that is exactly that quality Matson Jones is always looking for in his models. That and his unquestionable masculinity and charm and excellent relation with the camera makes Shawn Mc a star that is about to happen. –BM-
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