About this project
I use my photography skills that GOD gave me to help showcase the beauty of diversity in the people around us. I try to use models of different ethnic background, color, gender, skin and body types, hair type, sexual preference with freedom of body and the beauty of being HUMAN. Art photography with diversity.
My project is called HUMAN and it is an 11"x14" hardcover book with about 180 pages of my photography shot in the past 8 years. I grew an interest in photography back in the early 90's when I discovered the works of the great masters like Herb Ritts, Greg Gorman and Andreas Bitesnich to name a few. I was fascinated by their use of light and shadow with clean lines and shapes in their portrait and body work. I feel I incorporated that style in my own work. I try to create classic, timeless photographs of the human form but with using more models of diversity. We are currently seeing more diversity in the media, entertainment industry and fashion industry but we still have a ways to go in seeing equality in representation in these areas but I do believe that people are realizing the importance in this movement. We live in a world with such diversity yet I really wasn't seeing it in art photography. Diversity matters so I love working with a wide range of models to capture people of different race, gender, age, body, skin, and hair types; simply the people around us and who we coexist in this world.
With my HUMAN book, I hope it can help open the minds of the viewer and also help those who lack confidence and help them feel and see the beauty and strength within themselves. I hope it will expand the acceptance of what is defined as beautiful. Art shouldn't discriminate. Art should bring people together. We are all human.
The below video is some of the makings of HUMAN.
Working on this project, I really got to meet some amazing models. Justin Bullock from New York City, comes from a family, including 2 brothers, all with Albinism. I have worked with him twice and he is amazing and very professional. I love his features and he has booked major fashion campaigns. It is so interesting to meet people from around the world and people with such interesting stories and to learn a little small something about their lives. Not only did I meet models with different skin tones and body types but also skin types like albinism, alopecia and vitiligo. But it help me also realize how different we are with not only our looks but our culture and attitudes and struggles that we each face.
The Perfetuo twins are identical twins I had the pleasure of shooting at Venice Beach in Southern California. They both have a skin condition called Alopecia and they both are models.
The beauty of different skin tones I find very fascinating.
I hope my work can be encouraging and help people gain confidence in themselves and expand their vision in the beauty of others. I love to see each image as a work of art and each model as a work of art in so many different ways. I find it fulfilling to show such a spectrum of different models.
Risks and challenges
After a couple of years of publishing with a print on demand company for my book, I realized that the best route is to do offset printing. This way I can lower the selling price of my book by over half and I can take more control to distribute the book to the masses. It will make my book a lot more obtainable to customers and can reach a lot more viewers. This Kickstarter is to help fund the printing cost and help with the distribution. Offset printing takes a lot more upfront money but would be so much better in producing my book in the long run. Please support my project and help get my photography work out into the public's hands.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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