YOU DON'T NEED MUCH IMAGINATION TO WONDER WHY AN ENGLISHMAN WOULD RELOCATE TO MIAMI BEACH. THERE ARE – OBVIOUSLY – THE ENDLESS WHITE SANDY BEACHES AND FLORIDA HAS A CLIMATE THAT THE BRITISH CAN ONLY DREAM OF. ADD TO THAT THE AMBITION TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY AND YOU UNDERSTAND WHY.
One day, at the age of 11 Enzo Junior, was visiting a shopping mall in South London where his father was looking for some art for the house. They had just opened a chain of art stores called Athena back in the early 80's which exhibited prints from a multitude of photographers. Many prints were already recognizable and iconic, with the likes of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean. Whilst Enzo's father and brother were choosing a print for the house, Enzo himself stumbled on the works by Herb Ritts and Bruce Webber. Black and white photographs of male and female models. Enzo Junior was immediately captivated by how incredible and beautiful their work was. Mesmerized and inspired he pointed out the work to his father and brother and stated that that was exactly what he was going to do when he would be older. Enzo's brother smiled and told hi he would never had the guts to pose naked. It took Enzo only 6 years to prove him wrong.
At the age of 17 Enzo Junior did his first nude photo shoot. Ambitious and uninhibited he posed for an upcoming London photographer without reservations. It was in that same year that Enzo got his first cover for British ten magazine Just Seventeen, and his first contract with London's top modelling agency BOSS Models. At 26 Enzo Junior decided to go to the United States to cast a wider net in the hopes of working with some of the greatest iconic photographers. It was in his first week in New York that he met David Lachapelle, who, after seeing Enzo's portfolio, immediately agreed on working with him. It was Lachapelle who shot Enzo for the Millenium cover of Rolling Stone magazine, among other things.
Ironic as it sounds, and in contrary to what he said that one afternoon to his father and brother, Enzo Junior never really wanted a career in modeling. What he wanted was to be a part of creating photographic art, hoping that they would one day be iconic and inspire others just as those Ritts and Webber images inspired him. With a career now spanning 27 years, Enzo Junior did just that. His modeling however also opened other doors and aside from his photographic art work Enzo embarked on an acting career. Up till now he has featured in several films, Angelina Jolie's Hackers being one of them. Doing all that Enzo Junior obtained his objective. He is an inspiration for others, photographer Bob LaCroix being one of them.
Bob LaCroix started photographing with film 15 years ago, specializing in black and white and taking workshop at the New England School of Photography. Since than digital and color have grabbed him. Bob loves the male form in its varieties and styles. Muscular, fetish, rockabilly, high fashion. You name it. During his career Bob has exhibited his work on numerous occasions in Boston and Provincetown, using the New England area as his usual shooting territory. But being familiar with Enzo Junior's work he just knew he wanted to work with him, which meant a temporary relocation.
Especially for his collaboration with Enzo Junior, Bob LaCroix travelled to Miami Beach. Never having been their before he first wasn't sure about the place for the shoot, but the opportunity to with with Enzo made and doubt melt like snow in the Florida sun. After meeting and discussing some concepts they went shopping around Miami Beach for beachwear and props that would show Enzo as a real beach bomb, and after they took of to Haulover beach which was the perfect location for what the artistic duo had in mind.
His trip to Miami Beach turned out to be a successful one and since his retirement and thus the possibility to dedicate all his time to his photography, Bob LaCroix has shot on several other locations outside New England, like New York and Montreal. His next goal will be Los Angeles. Enzo Junior continues creating art and has started a new adventure in writing, using his memories and advise to write a book entitled The Art of Modeling. –BM-
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