In a world of replication and trend followers, indulge to be different.
Model & Muse: Justin Rodriguez
The Master commands you. Do you obey or resist?
Model: Ernesto Loera
To my Flowers Family that has passed away: Great GrandFather Maurice, Great Grandmother Lula Lee and Great Aunt Maurie Lee Carpenter, I love you. Thank you for inspiring this series and connecting my soul with the universe through the butterfly.
MODEL: Joshua Rushing
Being born, and raised in an extremely small town in Texas, some can actually say that I never imagined, thought, or dreamed of becoming anything bigger than themselves, yet here I am! I'm a US Navy veteran, self-made, who can say enjoys all art in all different aspects, and I could say that I'm very dedicated to whatever I'm pursuing. I have tattoos and no piercings. I take criticism, and direction well. I am reliable, stress-resistible, confident and very patient. I am also easy going, positive and cheerful. I have worked with a few experienced photographers, but I enjoy working with newcomers as well because I am too. All while learning new techniques!
This life is not guaranteed. We are given a voice to speak up against injustice and inequality. Many times those with power silence us. They ignore us and do their best to take our voice. This piece represents the powers that be and Their silencing of the people. The zipper is the restraint and the hopeless in the eyes tells us that we are bound by the constraints of man. Model: Kyle Beeler thank you helping me bring together this last minute piece. It was on my mind and I had to bring it to life.
Americans come in all shapes, sizes, colors, religions and beliefs. One characteristic does not make one a true American. We are a people of diversity.
Model: Ajal Williams
I did a shoot that was close to my heart. I wanted to display the struggle of man. In particularly the struggle of the people of color. These images represent the oppression of our ancestors. The chains we carried and how we were unable to speak. We had no voice. If we did we quickly lost it. How this same set of ideals is still prevalent in our society today. We are bound by the standards set by society but also by the chains we have made for ourselves. We place ourselves into slavery. We are so used to being oppressed we do not know how to be free. We take what we are given and behave like we are supposed to. We use drugs, broken family structure, hip hop and the ghetto lifestyle to trivialize and bond us. Until we are ready to be ready we remain the man looking in the mirror: both slave and master.
Ladies and Gentlemen I introduce to you a piece that has been a while in the making: Modern Man.
The Story: We are a society that is obsessed with technology. We are constantly connected via our cell phones, televisions, computers, and more. Technology is becoming a part of us. We will soon have set driving cars, implants, and more. Could you survive without technology? Could you be able too live off of the land and your own hands? With the basic survival knowledge that you possess? As each generation passes the answer is no. We are becoming more and more dependent on these devices and as we do we lose more and more of our humanity.
I want to thank Jason Daughtry for bringing this dream to reality. He took apart the television and was the model for this piece. I want to thank Betsy Sabrina Holton of donating this tv for the purpose of art and helping make my idea a reality.
I think I will begin a technology series off of this piece here. This piece will forever be remembered as a Justin O'Keith original. We are man. We are technology. We are modern man.
My beautiful Creatures. My creations. I paint. I Create. I photograph. We live.
The heart of champion comes in many shapes and forms. We are beaten, broken and challenged. Fighting for your hopes and dreams is not easy. Victory is even harder. Its long hours of training, working, and then showing the world what you have. You will be beaten, bruised and hurt but in the end you can stand above all and claim victory.
Shade. The thing that people throw and use as a weapon to destroy. it brings us down and make us feel less than what we are. I wanted to personify shade and let everyone know that it is real. i asked my friends on Facebook to give me every word that has made them feel less than a person and hurt their feelings. I then created these two shades and have everyday people model them. People from different paths and walks of life. Shade does not discriminate. It hurts and damages all.
Brandon. A fellow Dallas Photographer I convinced to try the other side of the lens. This film photographer ended up having a great time and we got some pretty gritty raw and dark images I am in love with.
Houston, Texas model and Herbalife Health & Wellness Coach. Follow him at @datdude_doody on Instagram