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He always approaches his subjects in his artwork in the same manner he would seduce someone he’s attracted to. The best results have always been with models he “falls in love” with.


Moevir Magazine April Issue 2020 featured edition


Model: Jayson Glick @jaysonglick 

Photographer: Jose Arroyo @arroyo_photos


Tell us something about you. Maybe your life, profession, habit, dream. 

I always approach my subjects in my artwork in the same manner I would seduce someone I’m attracted to. The best results have always been with models I “fall in love” with.

What made you choose this profession?

I have always been intrigued by beauty in the human form. Growing up I didn’t see myself as “photogenic” and part of my own healing process involved working with others who felt the same way and capturing them at their best, showing that everyone is beautiful and as an artist its my personal challenge to capture such angle and moment in time. My artwork is very personal and allows me to express myself through the models I work with.

Could you share how do you expand your vision of art, fashion?

I’m always spending lots of time studying new photographers and artists, creative new styles and learning new technology and techniques to fine tune my work.

If you have a superpower or talent, which one do you wish to have? Why?

I would love to be able to become invisible. As a photographer. I’m the ultimate voyeur, love to people watch and ideally capture them with my camera at their best when they are not posing.

Do you have any problem on the way of your profession? How did you solve it?

I’ve been capturing images for 34 years and in this day and age of smartphones and social media, everyone likes to think of themselves as a photographer and a model, which  doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing out and of itself. However, many lose perspective of what really matters in creating art. Nothing is worse than having as your ultimate goal thousands of likes in Instagram or twitter followers. Nothing grounds me more than reminding myself that my sister’s cockatoo has tens of thousands more followers than my photography page in Instagram.

Who are the people impact most in your profession? What do you learn from them?

Annie Liebowitz has been a great inspiration in portraiture. I love the way she manages to place her subjects in very vulnerable positions and out of their elements. Herb Ritts was a major influence in developing my style with the black and white medium. Victor Skrebneski inspired my black and white nudes with its dramatic lighting. Joel Grimes is a current inspiration in pushing me to further develop an unique style in the ear of digital photography where you can succeed both as a photographer and an artist.

How do you think about your work? Is it what you like, or simply saying a dream?

I think of myself as an artist, and an illusionist.  You can define an image as an illusion of reality, a moment captured for eternity, which has been created by manipulating light and all sorts of factors in order to express a specific emotion and elicit a certain response from the viewer.

In modern society, lots of people want to be famous, influential. How do you think about it?

As an artist and photographer, it is very tempting and easy to succumb to the recognition that your work brings, sometimes making you feel important. Whenever I sense that its getting to my head, I make sure to have a heart to heart chat with myself and bring myself back to reality. After all, you’re just capturing that perfect moment in time, preserving it for an eternity.

To become famous, what kind of qualities do you think the person should have?

Fame can be both a blessing and a curse. You need to develop a thick skin and not lose perspective of what drives you in the first place.  Always aspire to push yourself, do your best and, be your best. Above all, stay humble and always say thanks.

What will be the suggestions to new photographers?

Follow your instincts and focus on exploring your creativity more than on the technical aspects of it. Work on creating  your own unique distinctive style.

What is your favorite camera? Why?

I began taking pictures with a Minolta St-100 that used to be my father’s. When I made the transition to digital, I switched to a Canon 30D, followed by a Canon 70D and just recently upgrade it to a Canon EOS-5DS-R. Currently, my favorite lens is the Canon 35mm 1.4 II lens for its sharpness in full format.

Where your inspiration comes from?

I’m always getting inspired by my surroundings. I’m always composing and creating scenes in my head as well as looking for my next muse.

What are the most difficulties during your shoots?

When it comes to portraits, nothing kills my inspiration and mood more than someone who has developed a certain “look” from which he doesn’t want to deviate and take risks. It’s very stifling to my creativity. To this day, my worst experience was with someone who came to the shoot late, angry at having been stuck in traffic and unable to shake it off and relax. On top of it, he was reluctant to try different angles and trust my eye and direction. In the end, I just ended up pressing the shutter, shooting some pictures and never bothered to look at them. It was an awful experience.

How often you create new works?

It depends. If it were up to me, I would be shooting every day. The process of shooting, creating new work is my ultimate high in life. I’m fully alive when I’m behind a camera.

What is the most important thing for creating new work?

The inspiration and your source.

Do you have that feeling? When you have a look at the work you created 1 or 2 years ago, you still think it is in fashion. 

The perfect image shot at the perfect moment is timeless and never ages.

Will you still create new works when you are old?

As long as there is beauty around me and inspiration, I will continue to create, regardless of age.

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