Santa Cruz Carnival Park, Mark Elzey Jr.
Mark was born as an artist. His impulse to make art began at age five when he started to draw. He regards math as an important component to art and that is why he began to have an affinity towards it. Both math and art require a great amount of focus and control. Growing up he had alway received an enormous amount of encouragement from his family to pursue art, and to that he was very lucky. Art is his connection to people. Through the love of art Mark has the ability to bond and identify with others. Love is a very strong word and it holds a lot of weight when discussing art. He is inspired by those who openly express deep love for their craft. Mark has introverted tendencies; his imagination controls him and often strings him around the city.
“The shoots selected for Carnival Magazine Issue 01 are images I think best represent the style of what I’m known for. Bold colour, high contrast, fashion - and above all a bit expressive. One of the stories were involved around people at Carnivals being very fashionable. I photographed these images in San Francisco, CA where I attended Academy of Art University. I also just really love to work with colour. Colour has always been a huge part of my life. I believe that in contains a true psychology and language in the universe we live in. It can tell you a lot about someone unconsciously.”
“I’m mostly inspired by my memories. I think that’s what helps me grow. I’m a photographer because I feel it is the best way to express my soul and view of this world. I think as a photographer you have to expose yourself to your soul in order really define who you are and let your work tell that story. I love photography because it allows me to be “free” to put any idea into form and be visualized. My favourite photographers now are Craig McDean, Romina Ressia, Billy Kidd, Mert & Marcus and Steven Klein. My dream shoot would be to work with Cara Delevingne or Kate Moss.”
“I began photographing in 2009. I started with just a wild interesting in trying it. I was already a graphic artist at the time of trying it. So when I picked up the camera, it became a connection. I finally felt with destiny and what life had in store for me as an artist. At the moment I currently work part-time as a photographer doing freelance. I come from a background where Art was everything I ever knew to survive to where I am now. I started at five years old where my mom had enrolled me into talented art classes. There I got to paint, draw, share ideas, build things etc. From there I attended many Art competitions in state fairs in Louisiana. I won first prize a few times, and second place once. As I grew older things started to go more digital so I got into commercial art.”
“And from there I became a photographer. Outside of photography my hobbies are sports, music, and watching movies. I love to watch for emotion because that what I love to capture in my photographs. Emotion and Expression. I have definitely found myself in some strange places but I believe that with a bold imagination, you can broaden your experience for what you love. I’d love to photograph full time, but as we all know, it requires a lot of funding.”
SANTA CRUZ CARNIVAL PARK
PHOTOGRAPHY / Mark Elzey Jr.
MODELS / Alexzandria Jade, Barbara Woortman, Mary Rosenberger
STYLING / Aubrey Kia, Alannah MacIntrye, Katelyn Johnson
HAIR STYLING / Eryk Brian MUA / Gary Nomura Febus
ASSISSTANT / Geoff Mau