Sunday, May 23, 2010

Work of Art - Meet Mark Velasquez

Fry cook by day, photographer by night; Mark believes art is a lifestyle choice, not a career. With a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts focusing on drawing, sculpture and performance art, he taught himself photography by shooting model portfolios. Eventually, Mark recruited these women as a pool of talent to create his own theatrical concept shoots. Though he attended catholic school and served for years as an altar boy, his art is typically racy, and often infused with humor or sarcasm. Mark views his work as a constant commentary on society and he isn’t afraid to use sex to sell it. Though still living in his conservative hometown, he has worked as a traveling assistant to artist James Luna and has acquired a large online following for his unusual and provocative creations. Mark is currently editing his first photography book, which seeks to document his friendship with several of the small-town models he often shoots, capturing the personalities that lie behind the sensual images.