Jose Chavez Mastering The Lense

What’s the motivation behind your most recent shoots?
I think I will stick out more like a weirdo billboard but what motivates me or inspired me from the last shoots were the sheer fact I tend to fall in love with the persons image, yes I know I’m weird lol, but what i mean by that is that I ask myself the question like what if I was that other half, what things she or he makes me smile, what are the eyes saying, I act out to be the photographer that is seeing what the other person would see when you spend one on one time with, I tend to study there looks, facial expression and so I kind of gawk a bit but not in a intrusive way. But in a moment of time I find myself seeing what others at times never get to see, when there relaxation sets in and trust becomes not a factor and a glimpse of what they so carefully hide from other is shown that i feel it and the decisive moment happens and the shutter goes off.

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Growing up did you know you would get into photography?
Honestly not in a million years I would ever think that I would love photography, but I think what drew my interest was when my mom worked at a studio in the early eighties. Seeing strobes popping and medium format cameras and wondering how it works never dislodged from my memories. What set if off in me was my yearbook teacher Mr. Erdman teaching me how to process black and white film and making a print. So my foundation was Darkroom and later on in High School i learned about film and camera. I learn majority from Cal Arts in Valencia CA and from the late Jay Spence studios in West Hollywood when it was located on Holloway Dr. and La Cieniga Blvd. Film photography has always been in my blood and it continues even if the digital era is what is used more often now a days.

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Did you have a favorite photographer?
Well from the greatest masters of light like Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, David LeChapelle, Diane Aurbis, Mary Ellen Mark, William Klein and Bruce Gilden have been the soul of my photography and so many others that need no introduction like Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton, but in the essence of the world I live in and what experiences I inflict in my head with beauty this great vast city I call home Los Angeles my true inspirations come from local photographers that nobody ever heard of. I have friends that inspire me everyday just because of there hopes and dreams they have, some local photographers that inspire me here in this great city is Estevan Oriol and his dad Eriberto, Trellis Evans, Louie Aguila, Joaquin Guzman, Sal Andrade, Mark Velasquez, Adam Goldberg, Frank Ockenfels and so many good artist here in LA.

What’s the biggest city you’ve been to?
Since I been an Angelino majority of the time I really haven’t traveled much but here the places I been to San Diego, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Salt Lake city and Phoenix.

What’s your most favorite city to visit?
I think I’m being corny on this but I just can’t get enough of downtown Los Angeles. I honestly feel that there is still places that have not been discovered yet. This city has been changing threw out time so many of the city’s jewels places have been forgotten, every time I’m in downtown there is something new for me to research and figure out how to incorporate it in my shots alley’s, street corners, buildings and of course famous bridges like the one and only 6th street bridge that it faced its unfortunate future by being demolished due to its unrepairable structure. Despite the changes this city has gone threw whether be good or bad I think still think the city of Angeles in Califas has been my one and only for years to come.

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What city do you have on your list to go to before you die?
Well I so many but the one that calls me is Tel Aviv in Israel and the other one would be La Habana Cuba, Tel Aviv for it beautiful people and rich in culture and La Habana because of its rich and OG scenery, its like time stood still to this point and nothing never changed. The people with flavor in music and art, we can’t deny its food delicacy.

What is a must have on set?
This a first to be asked but for me it has to be music, I have experienced shoot with no music and it really feels very stale and uncomfortable. Maybe for me music and to what I listen makes me visualize more from the subject and besides your models relax more and enjoy themselves more often.

How can we follow you online?
For now on Instigram @fotoluz_12 Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jose.chavez.184 website underconstruction.

This article is published in Alwayz Therro Issue 72
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