JOE MAZZA HAS SPENT A CONSIDERABLE TIME OF HIS CAREER WORKING IN THE FILM AND TELEVISION INDUSTRY WHICH OBVIOUSLY HAS BECOME A GREAT INFLUENCE IN HIS ACTUAL WORK AS PHOTOGRAPHER. IT HAS TAUGHT HIM TO APPROACH A POTENTIAL SHOOT IN ONE OR TWO WAYS. EITHER HE HAS A CONCEPT AND SEARCHES THE RIGHT MODEL, OR HE DOES THE REVERSE, HE LOOKS FOR MODEL AND COMES UP WITH THE STORY. HIS ENCOUNTER WITH JOSEPH WAS A LITTLE BIT LIKE THAT. A LITTLE BIT.
Joseph Synnott is originally from Connecticut but has since long changed his habitat to San Francisco. Joseph describes himself as a total cartoon nerd who loves to spend lazy days under the covers watching a Miyasaki film. Knowing that it seems as a strike of pure luck Joe Mazza spotted Jospeh on the rue. And when he did, he knew he had to have him in front of his camera.
"Joseph lives in my neighborhood and I'd seen him around for the past year, loved his look and approached him about doing a shoot," Joe Mazza says. "There was something about his long hair and piercing blue eyes that I felt would really pop on camera. Having a background in casting and film making helps me approach a potential photo shoot in one of two ways; I either come up with a concept or story and find the right model, or I see a model and inspiration strikes. In this case, I saw Joseph and immediately knew how I wanted to photograph him. I wanted to tell a story with images: "Day in the life of a working man"
Joe Mazza is a fulltime photographer based in San Francisco. His 25 years in the film and television industry has influenced his use of lighting and composition to create emotion in his images. Joe’s work as photographer includes; The American Idol Web site, the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Bare Chest Calendars benefiting Aids Emergency Fund and the 2010 Black Men of the Castro Calendar benefiting Stop Aids Foundation. His work has been featured in a number of magazines and on-line publications and his work was selected to appear with eight other international photographers in a calendar to benefit Act-Q ROMANIA, which helps further LGBT arts and awareness in Romania.
Joseph Synnott had no idea he cold have been model material. That rapidly changed after he saw the first results of his collaboration with Joe Mazza. The shoot they agreed on took place over 2 days in 4 different locations. Joe's idea was to capture Jospeh as just another man living his daily life in the Castro district. Waking up, getting a shower, putting the trash outside, doing physical work, etc. Joseph, with his pure masculin looks, long blond hair and striking blue eyes turned out to be a true jewel. A rough diamond ready to be polished and shaped into a successful model. –BM-
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