THE LAST TIME WE HEARD FROM J. CASSONI WAS IN 2011. AT THAT TIME HE EMERGED FROM A DARK PATCH IN HIS LIFE, HAD FOUND HIMSELF A NEW LIFE PARTNER AND SHOWED US NEW EXCITING WORK. AFTER THAT, IT BECAME QUIET. NOT WITHOUT REASON THOUGH, AND CERTAINLY NOT BECAUSE JOHNNY DIDN’T WANT TO SHARE HIS WORK ANYMORE. IN FACT JOHNNY HAS BEEN PRETTY BUSY OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. EXCEPT NOT WITH PHOTOGRAPHY. THAT IS, UNTIL NOW.
After having gone through a difficult period in his life, Atlanta based photographer J. Cassoni decided to make some drastic changes. One of the major changes he made was starting a bar. The Joystick Game Bar in Atlanta was an instant success and currently sits comfortably in the top 10 bars in Atlanta, according to The Guardian. But even though owning a bar is fun, it also is a lot of work and has kept J from shooting as much as he would have liked to.
The Joystick Game Bar is so successful for J. Cassoni and his partner, the two have decided to expand their success with a second establishment, across the street form their first bar. They have already closed in on a beautiful 1901 building and will start construction soon. But Johnny is first of all a photographer, and seeing such a historical building empty made his blood pump faster. One does not get the opportunity to shoot at such a location every day. And so, before the builders will arrive, J. Cassoni has claimed the place for himself, and the models he believes will fit well against the particular backdrop.
Having put a general manager in place to run his bar, J. Cassoni now finally has found some time again to dedicate to his first love. Which we are grateful for because honestly, we have missed that sober, melancholic photographic style from J. Not to say he will come back after 2 years doing exactly the same thing. 2 years is a long period of time, in which Johnny changed as well. But he was happy to go back to work, so to speak, and indulge himself with new shoots and new models.
J. Cassoni has not worked with a lot of gingers in the past. When he met Ryan he immediately noticed there was something vaguely mischievous about the look on his face. Ryan also has a very lean build, which J currently prefers over more bulky physiques. And so the decision to make his come back with Ryan was made rapidly. “I wanted to get back in the habit of shooting so I kept it relaxed,” J. Cassoni explaines. “I want to stretch my legs so to speak. Went back to the style of shots I knew I could take (and enjoyed taking) just to see if I could still do it. It's almost like a pre flight check list. Blow out the back windows with light? Check. Black and white body shots? Check.”
Being very much aware he is not the same person he was 2 years ago, J. Cassoni is excited to see what shots will come out of him in the weeks to follow. Will he build on on his existing style, staying more or less in his comfort zone? Or will he venture out, trying different things, and create a new signature style. No matter what he decides, or where his creative vision takes him in his photographic expressions, we are happy that J. Cassoni is back behind the camera. His come back with Ryan is stronger than ever and it seems clear that from here on Johnny will only get better and better. Let’s just hope we do not have to wait another 2 years. –BM-
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