Joe Leon A talented Los Angeles-based photographer who has garnered more than 300,000 followers on Instagram by posting compelling photos of the end result of his work, along with behind-the-scenes photos. He shows that the role of creativity in photography is much more important than decorative items. Below you can see and read Leon’s latest works and interviews with him.
Leon has been photographing for more than 10 years. He says:
It all started in 2011, when I was on a competitive martial arts team. The mother of one of my teammates was a photojournalist who worked for the Kansas City newspaper. He photographed all the teams in the competition. I was very fascinated by his work. He advised me to try photography. My wife gave me a camera and the rest of the story need not be told.
When Leon was asked about his creative process, he said it always starts with a board.
I need inspiration to spark a concept in my mind. As soon as I find the concept, I go to the models that fit it. Then we plan the place, time, clothes and equipment needed to bring an idea to life!
Depending on the concept and how it is performed, my shooting will usually take between 1 and 2 hours. Most of the time my friend Chris or my wife helps me. Editing and retouching each photo can take between one and three hours.
Geo says there are many manufacturers today who try to replicate each other’s styles.
Every artist has to create a unique style to stand out from the crowd. This is very difficult to do due to the large number of talents in each field.
His advice to young creators is to take as many photos as they can.
Take a photo, research and find the photography that inspires you! Ask as many questions as you can. There is a lot of information this evening that I wish I had known at the beginning of my career! Take a photo of a friend or family member to begin with, and after each shot, find ideas to improve your work.
“Facing the mental block that is a barrier to creativity,” says the photographer:
Sometimes I over-create so much that I can no longer continue. Just like any other artist, I always find different ways to be inspired again. Watching movies, playing video games, or watching digital art on the Internet can be a way to get inspiration. It is wonderful to have friends who motivate and inspire you in your profession.
If you liked the pictures above and you want to quench your curiosity about the beautiful behind-the-scenes images you see, visit Leon’s Instagram page.
We hope you enjoy this part of the shutter. Which image was most interesting to you? Did you know about the behind-the-scenes of these images, which seem extraordinary and out of reach?