Life is not posed. Its is random, dynamic, often times chaotic. We love photographs because they are tangible memories of life. We can hold them in our hand, hang them on our wall, share them on the web, or possibly throw darts at them. Everybody has their own preference. Regardless of intended use, good photographs should tell a story.

Too often a modern photographer will forget that the point was to capture your story.

A story has a beginning, middle, and end. It should resolve the five w’s -- who, what, when, where, and why. Photographing the who, the what and the where in the middle of the story is what most photographers do. Capturing the beginning, the end, and the why is where the art lies. A good photograph sets the scene while an exceptional photograph blocks out the novel using the unspoken language of humanity.

I am not interested in creating images that are easy. I am not particularly interested mass market appeal. What I am interested in is that small percetage that are active obervers and participants.

My primary influences in the Non-Fiction category (documentary and street photography) are Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson, particular his concept of the decisive moment. I’ve been influenced by more contemporary photographers when it comes to Fiction (fine art photography). I especially enjoy the work of Brooke Shedan and Lori Vrba (who goes well beyond photography). I enjoy Biographical portraits which go beyond the simple pose and no one compares to Annie Leibovitz.

Take a look at some of my portfolio work. If you like what you see, I can create a customized image made just for you on a commission basis.

Lets see what story we can tell together.

Gene Lazo