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Meet Jeff Mizushima

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeff Mizushima.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a comedy writer and video editor with a film production background who developed a passion for photography after working for a Pilates and Yoga company for a number of years. At that company, I had the opportunity to work with some of the best Pilates and Yoga teachers in the world and became interested in capturing their movement in camera. It was an easy progression to other areas of fitness, dance, and martial arts and even though I have only been “a serious photography hobbyist” for two years, I am starting to educate myself and gain more experience with the most instantly gratifying artistic medium I’ve ever tried…Instagram.

Please tell us about your art.
I like retro film photography from the 70s and 80s, especially the journalistic style you would see in vintage Rolling Stone Magazine, so my first inspiration comes from that genre. Then I combine that with my passion for fitness and people with active lifestyles. When I think of traditional fitness photography, I think of strobes, makeup artists, and big productions, but since I am not at that level where I can manage that scope, I use my documentary filmmaking background and make the best I can with whatever is in front of me. Wait that sounds bad… Um… I mean, I try to use my lack of resources as an advantage to be more creative and come up with images that are fun, fit, show vitality, health, and makes you appreciate body movement. I also enjoy working with athletes, trainers, dancers, yogis, people who take care of their bodies and promote being active in whatever capacity they can be.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Artists have always been in a hilarious conundrum of trying to please themselves and their fans/audience at the same time. Artists need fans, they need observers, feedback, sponsors, clients, viewers, participants; if an artist’s tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does the art make a sound?

So in a way, artists are dependent on their audience. However, artists are some of the most selfish, insecure, and egotistically individuals on the planet. I know this for a fact. In fact, I know more facts than you, because I’m awesome.

Combine that with the majority of them being introverted and overly emotional and you’ll conclude that life has never been easy for the artist as the universe has cursed the artist to live in a diametrically opposed system that works against them for the enjoyment of everyone else.

Social media appears to have made it easier for artists in some respects, but it has also made it harder in other areas that did not exist before. So there will always be an audit and rebalance to new technology and conditions. Cities do not have to encourage or help artists. Creativity and art will find a way out. I’d argue that more restrictions and less opportunity will influence more creativity and better artists. I am also in the camp that believes that artists must struggle their entire lives. Being an artist is a privilege. The struggle is just the price you have to pay in order to sit in your studio apartment all day, unemployed, and convince your parents your life has a purpose.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my work on my website, bodymovesphotography.com, or on Instagram, @bodymovesphotography.

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Image Credit:
Sarah Beston, Melanie Bell, Michelle Honeyman, Raina Brokhim, Dina Voronina, Rai Quartley

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