Creating Art Through The Photo
As a dedicated artist, I look at how people transformed the world that we live in through the use of art. The first thing that I think of while studying people that have influenced the world are: What am I meant to do? How can I change the world? And the answer that I have found is: Fashion Photography.
I discovered this interest of mine while researching Vogue’s past photographers Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton. They both carried a uniquely attractive way of capturing their subjects which were able to stand the test of time.
In my attempt to accomplish this, I will be using strobe lighting combined with natural lighting to achieve an almost fantasy-like scene in which a model will be illuminated and portrayed with an eternal beauty. Not only will lighting be a factor, but shooting on location in the actual world will add a sense of truth to the scenes; containing authenticity that is far from anything that can be portrayed in a studio or through the use of digital manipulation. With the right angles and cropping techniques, I plan to transform and dissect the world we live in today through my photographs.
Heavy contrast between my subject and their surroundings will be achieved through the use of a low aperture/high focal lens and a variety of after-edit techniques. This will create a gap between the energy that the model carries and the world around him/her. Furthering the viewers distance from their perception of reality and the levels in which we can achieve as human beings.
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I like to think of myself as an artist who was born into a long line of creative people in my family. My great grandfather, William J. Madden was a master violinist who was born in New York City, studied at Juilliard, and performed on many of the world’s great stages including Carnage Hall. He then passed down his artistic talent to my grandfather, Tom Madden. Tom became a journalist who eventually achieved the position of Vice President of NBC in the early 1980’s and who has also partnered with the great designer George Lois from Esquire Magazine. My great-uncle, Don Madden, who also was an artist, had a successful career as Playboy Magazine’s top cartoonist getting his work published every month for 50 years straight. Now, it is my turn to continue this artistic legacy as an aspiring fashion photographer currently located in South Florida.
I grew up in New York and spent most of my childhood in the rural area surrounding the Hudson River Valley while spending most of my weekends visiting New York City. My mother, Adrienne Mazzone, encouraged my sister Sirena and I to act and model as far back as we can remember. I was an actor on shows such as Law And Order: Criminal Intent, The Sopranos, and films such as Riding In Car With Boys as well as a large number of short films by various companies and students from the New York Film Academy. This aided in developing my eye for artistic imagery in photography as well as the art of cinematography. Little did I know, this would help me greatly in developing my style as a photographer more than a decade later.
Unfortunately, less than a decade later, my father John Mazzone, passed away in September of 2004 due to cancer. This was hard for me to accept since it was only the start of middle school for me and I was left with so many questions about life un-answered. I always looked up to my father as a creative, hardworking man and someone who was full of life. He was a master of glasswork as a glazier and made stained-glass art in his spare time, as well as building a two story home from the foundation up for my family and I to live in. Once my father passed away, I decided to not only live life to the fullest but to capture it and transform it into something beautiful as my dad would’ve done if he still had the chance.
I have been busy working since the age of 14 and did not consider myself an artist until after I moved to South Florida and graduated high school in 2009. I have dozens of sketchbooks filled with drawings and canvases of graffiti inspired artwork and typography. At the start of discovering my artistic talents I began drawing and painting to not only take up my spare time but to also act as a form of therapy in mourning the passing of my father. Graffiti and urban art inspired me the most during these times and eventually I became infatuated with creating pieces of art that provoked change or made people question how they saw the world. I wanted to promote independent thinking and an anti-conformist mentality more than anything at that point.
Eventually, the inspiration that started with graffiti in South Florida continued to grow and led me to move back up north to Brooklyn, New York during the years 2012-2013. This is where I met and studied with artists who were fully dedicated to the life and the hustle of graffiti art, as well as photography. After I observed, learned, and compared my artwork to theirs, I began to see how much potential there was in my artwork and switched my major in college over from Business to Graphic Design and pursue a degree at Florida Atlantic University.
During the time at FAU, I took every art elective that I could and studied mostly in the areas of graphic design and photography. Through all of my studies, it wasn’t until I took the class ‘History of Photography’, where the two artists that influenced him the most were discovered. They were Richard Avedon and Edward Steichen; Vogue Magazine’s past photographers, who essentially transformed the world of fashion photography in the mid 1900’s. This is when I began to channel my vision and started to develop a style of photography that emulated those artists and remained creative and attempted to be as original as possible. From that point on, I felt a natural gravitation towards the field of fashion photography just as Steichen and Avedon did.
I will graduate December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art and a Minor Degree in Communications from Florida Atlantic University. Then I will fully embrace my place in this world as a photographer and make every possible effort to inflict change through my photography. That is the dream that I have and will forever continue to chase.