March 17, 2012

A Look Through My Lens, Part 6

A Look Through My Lens is an ongoing series on That GOOD GOOD Blog which features awe-inspiring photographers from all over the world. I have had the absolute privilege of interviewing 12 photographers thus far through this series and today I have yet another amazing addition to the ‘A Look Through My Lens’ family. Please enjoy the story of J. Quazi King from Brooklyn, NY as he shares about his passion for his art form and where his love of photography all began.


 I've been shooting for almost 2 years now. In retrospect, I believe I've always been interested in photography in some indirect way, among friends I was always the guy with the point and shoot camera documenting the moment. I became a photographer really by accident. After losing a management job I’d held for 6 years, I bought an entry level camera for hobby while I was deciding on my next career move. It was early summer 2010; I went out one night shot a party, posted the photos online and tagged the people. About 2 weeks later I was hired by a magazine to shoot an event, from that point it was ON!
I have a vast photography interest, ranging from photo-journalism, live music, fashion, lifestyle, night life, etc. But I’m known more for my portraiture work because it's what I've shared thus far. 


I'm more of an artistic photographer, I create work with soul. In my personal work, it’s very important to me to capture part of my subject's essence/soul and attach it to the final result, this way he/she lives forever in the portrait.
I love shooting people and exploring all that they have to offer, the happiness, sadness, mixed emotions and everything else that comes with being human... I would not leave my house looking to photograph butterflies or plants unless I'm getting paid for it (LOL! no diss). It's just not my thing. I always gravitate towards people because they will always surprise you with their infinite range of emotions and that can be very exciting.  






I use 1 camera and 1 lens for all my shoots unless specifically asked by the client. My gear is a Nikon D300s & 17-55mm lens. I get lots of emails with this question and I will usually joke by saying "I'm a Nikonian from a planet called NIKON" I shoot with a Nikon because of their superior ergonomics and because it was the first brand I purchased. In photography one usually sticks with the brand they've already invested in. To be honest I don't buy too much into the major brands competition and I can care less about the new/fancy features coming out and all of that. I just need something good enough and reliable because at the end of the day it's really not about that camera, it's what can be done with it.

Professionally, I admire lots of people out there. I believe everyone has something to contribute into this big pot called the creative society. But personally, very few create the kind of work I'd love to learn from. I love Kimiko Yoshida's self portraits and my man Barron Claiborne awesome body of work.




www.quazimottoonwax.tumblr.com

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25 comments:

  1. Femi Williams3/17/2012

    That last photo struck me the most...I love the candidness of her beauty. Very lovely body of work this photographer has.

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  2. Stunning photography I particularly like the black and white ones

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  3. Wow! You have a wonderful eye. Evocative, dramatic, & yes, mad unique! I hope you blow up & become the go-to fotog for iconic imagery because you really do display mad creativity & the necessary skillz.


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  4. Your work is stunning!

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  5. beautiful post! Quazi is AMAZING.

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  6. Thank you all for the feedback!

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  7. Oh my gosh... these are such amazing shots. I love the minimalism of all of them

    ~Sherine
    Check out my blog, comment, and follow if you like!
    Confessions Of A City Girl

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  8. Your blog is so dope! I love the photograpghy.

    Tarah and The City

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  9. Anonymous3/19/2012

    OMG! This guy's talent is beyond words. I just spent over 20 minutes looking through his tumblr page http://quazimottoonwax.tumblr.com/
    The images are so organic and full of poetry. This is definitely my favorite "A Look Through My Lens" post thus far. Thank you very much for the introduction.
    Love from Sydney Australia.

    Cheers.

    -Rebecca

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  10. Yemi U.3/19/2012

    Great photography!!

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  11. Wow. These photos are so beautiful.
    I love your blog!
    xx, Kels

    www.misscouture17.blogspot.com

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  12. Great article & post..the photos are absolutely beautiful, creative, & inspiring!

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  13. Gorgeous shots, love these!! I am no photographer (even though I try to be lol) but I love seeing amazing work like this!!

    Thank you for the comment you left on my blog!! I have been checking out yours and it is amazing and so inspiring!! Keep up the awesome work, you have a new follower!!


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  14. Love these photos xx really like your blog x

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  15. Amazing portraits!:)
    Simona
    www.simimaus.blogspot.com

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  16. This is my favorite series that you do here & these photos are just proof of why. Phenomenal work.

    Whitney
    www.MyStylishFriends.com

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  17. I love your blog, I admire that you highlight many Africans, which is something you def don't get on television everyday. Keep up the great WORK!!!I think your blog is great :) New Follower!!!

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  18. I love every single photo! Such beautiful women! Kiah

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  19. Great shots! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  20. These photos are absolutely gorgeous! So talented :)

    xo

    Ashley

    http://southerncaliforniabelle.blogspot.com

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  21. My favorite ' A look through my lens ' post, to date! By far. Quazimotto.On.Wax is absolutely terrific!!

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  22. Quazi is that dude. Salute.

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  23. WOW SUCH A SUPERB BLOG WILL BE FOLLOWING & THANKS SO MUCH FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG & LEAVING A WONDERFUL COMMENT I REALLY APPRECIATE :) CHEV

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  24. These photos are all beautiful!

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  25. OMG I love these pictures - especially the one with the women wearing these huge wooden necklaces. So beautiful.
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