J.P is an Irish American Director i have known for some 22+ Years .This is from an Ongoing Project where i take people that i have met on my journey whom i have a special connection and whom really encompass the meaning of ‘Mo Chara’…My Friend in Irish.
I composed JP in front of a Darkened Film set Stage in Hollywood i purposely positioned him so his Head would be in line with the lights hanging down in the stage behind as it seemed to me to look like a Constellation of Stars of whom JP is a Shining upcoming Star.
This is an Ode to my wife Carmen,the love of my Life,The mother of my children and the person who changed the direction of my life .An Amazon of a woman …the strongest craziest most unique person i have ever met .Mi Esposa
Angela Jones is a Hollywood producer that i have known over 20 years ,she has been a shining light everytime i see her.She allowed me complete artistic freedom to shoot this so i basked her face in light and took against an old cracked wall to emphasize the brightness of her inner spirit and of her personality…
Angela is my Niece and one of my regular Muses ,we have known each other over 25 years and are very comfortable with talking about real life issues.I was talking to Angela and she was going through a particular hard time,as we were speaking she started to tear up…i had my Camera in hand and i took this beautiful photograph of a person I love in a very vulnerable moment just before the first tears.This has become a testament to all of our own personal struggles we go through …Raw and Real Life..this is what im after in my work.
Taking for my ‘Mo Chara’ Series ,Travis is a man i have known some 20+ years and ive seen him work up from being a Personal Assistant on Commercial Film Sets in Hollywood to now where he is Directing,Producing and being a wonderful 1st AD.
There are some people you meet in this journey of life who are Golden,Just beautiful kind and creative spirits.I grabbed Travis from a very busy day he was having and i took him into the back streets of downtown Los Angeles…i wanted the Bokeh to be an urban street and contrast his good looks and kind eyes with his wild and Crazy Hair and beard .Became an Instant favorite portrait of mine
Chris is a friend and work colleague ive know 22+ years ,weve worked on Commercial Film sets in Hollywood on some hard hard jobs,last two years hes gone through the life grinder with a series of events that would break most people ..i grabbed him from work and i used a very short focus i wanted his eyes razor sharp and for a hard drop off into the Bokeh …i stood above him and i wanted a look that was reminiscent of a soldier fighting in the trenches of life.
Real,Raw and full of emotion…this is what im after in my work.
Rob is an Artist friend of mine that ive known some 20+ years he is an Irish American and amazing line drawing Artist ,just moved to Sheridan.Wyoming and this was taken on a visit i had with him this July after not seeing him for over a year,as we sat having coffee i pulled my Leica Q out and took this wonderful image of him…i wanted the Bokeh to drop off and does so beautifully..a perfect portrait of a perfect friend.
I took this image of my daughter Daniella as i wanted to to create a dream like image of her coming out of smoke .
My Family was entertaining and i was about to leave to get some food supplies..i looked in our patio and saw Angela wearing this hat with the sun coming through and creating the crazy shadows on her face ..i rushed and got my Leica Q and took this standout documentary portrait
A portrait of my Daughter as Maltilda from ‘Leon the Professional’,Breanna has old school classic looks and this is a perfect Portrait of her
A rare Studio portrait of Camilo..i love the fall off from the black leather jacket into the darkness
A Portrait of my Daughter Daniella ,a very significant image for me as its one of the most outstanding images i have ever taken and was at the end of a 3month struggle to find inspiration,i was going trough a hard personal period and the usual ease in which i see images had stopped …i literally could not see photographically ,i took my camera everywhere with me and barely took it out.This day i was working with my Family and was near a derelict building ,i saw this broken window and i saw this image as a flash.I called my daughter over my number one muse since day 1.I had her go inside the building and i stepped back and composed so the three non broken panes would reflect the vista behind me,as the windows were covered in cobwebs and dust it gives this beautiful muted look.I wanted Daniella to give me a stoic mona lisa look ,the result is stunning.
I was having an extensive tattoo session with my favorite tattoo Artist Greg12 from ‘The Clandestine Rabbit’.mid session we stepped ousidde for a break..he sat on his Chopper lost in his own thoughts as i took this image ,this became one of my Standout images of the last year.
I took this for my ‘Mo Chara’ Series ,Rob a work colleague and myself were working downtown los Angles near City Hall…underneath City Hall is a Maze of old Prohibition Tunnels and Speak-Easys from the 1920’s where corrupt City Officials would transport booze all around Los Angeles Downtown.We had to do a little trespassing to get this…My Art will Not Be stopped.
From a Portrait session with a friends Family
Taken from a studio session behind the scenes of a Halloween shoot.I simply ADORE the lines in this Portrait.Using the Rule of Thirds i placed the subject to the right but the leading lines of her right arm are just Sublime.
My Middle Daughter Leandra .She has faced a very difficult Childhood where she had an undiagnosed Thyroid problem,causing a lot of weight gain.This was a very difficult time for her she was Bullied at school and would Never let me photograph her ..the Thyroid issue was diagnosed and she started a medicinal regime that helped her lose a lot of weight and finally she allowed me to take this Photo of her …i cannot tell you how much i love this image as her Father and as an Artist it allowed me to show my Daughter something i had ALWAYS seen…Her Shining Beauty.
Sometimes i see Art and beauty where ever i look how the simple act of a Child eating an Ice Cone on a Hot day can become a sublime portrait .
Sal…lived a life that would break most people.A real life Original Gangster from Boyle Heights in Los Angeles has spent many years in Confinment and 5+ of those years in lockdown in the SHU(pronounced the Shoe)..the stories he has are like from a Film or great book.Here he is at 60 one of the truest people i have ever met…a TRUE Los Angeles OG.Now has his own Security firm for Film/Commercial sets in Los Angeles…a tireless worker
Im proud to call Him Mo Chara.
From my Mo Chara series ,Blacke works as a Grip on Commercial Film sets in Los Angeles…i have known and worked alongside Blacke for 20+ years .
Its really hard to describe what it is like working on a Commercial Film Set..jobs bring together a whole range of people from all different backgrounds ..we are really all Carnies..we come together for a few hours and then in a moment its all over and we all head our own ways and directions ...sometimes we meet people we like ...sometimes we meet people we Love..and sometimes if you are lucky you come across some true diamond people .Blacke you are someone i wish i knew better and as i said to you you are also someone i know really really well because we are kindred spirits.Its a real pleasure to call you Mo Chara .
From a series of Portraits i am doing on Hollywood Commercial Film sets and the People who are involved in this business.
Frankie is an inspiration to all ,she is part of the STREETLIGHT organization.Streetlights' mission is to create careers for poverty level and socially disadvantaged young adult minorities while promoting ethnic diversity in the Entertainment Industry workforce.
Frankie Represents Hard.A tireless worker and climbing the Assistant Director ladder .
I wanted this image of her to show that laser sharp focus against her beautiful freckled face .
.I am blessed to be able to photograph people like Juan ...from east Los Angeles he has led the real La Vida Loca ...one you all read about and see in movies ...a true homie “from negativity to Positivity “is one of his daily sayings ...a beautiful human being who understands second chances ...these are my people ...people who have walked the wrong side and down the wrong path and decided by sheer guts and determination to change for the better ..a tireless worker and a beautiful human being these are the people I love .Mo Chara
Today at work I met this Stunningly unique looking Mother of one of the teenage talent ..heavily pregnant and no makeup she looked so naturally beautiful that I asked her if I could take portrait ..I always have my cameras near ....thank you Asia for being my muse you made an Artists heart sing today
a very good work friend of Mine who always brings a smile to my face ,for this one i used a 16mm and was up real close ,i wanted to slightly distort his face to create a Caricature look whilst still capturing his essence,his Kindness.
Met Scotty a truelife Cowboy up in Wyoming whilst i was shooting my Indian relay Riders project and we became fast friends…,just wanted a simple beautiful honest portrait of him