by Troy Maillis
Photographer Gio Spano's exhibit, "The Art
of Capturing Alluring Images," is being displayed at
Dennis Dean's Gallery in
Fort Lauderdale from May through June.
There will be a meet the artist reception on Friday, Saturday
May 14 from 7 to 10 p.m. Gio Spano (www.GioPhotography.com)
recently spoke with Mark's List about the upcoming exhibit.
“The Art of Capturing Alluring
Images” is coming to Dennis Dean’s Gallery. What makes an
To me an image is alluring when it
speaks to the viewer and evokes emotion.
What are some of your favorite
pieces in the exhibit?
is very difficult to select a favorite piece for me because in a
way they are all my favorites. For this show, I am
exhibiting 19 limited edition images. But, if I were held
to the fire and had to pick one, I would have to say the
centerpiece image of this show entitled "OCEAN DREAM"
would be my pick. This was shot at
State Park with
model Chris Rockway (Right) lying in the surf
break on his back. The image looks like there is a blanket
covering half his body and the blanket is the ocean wave
embracing him. Chris was such a trooper during this shoot
because in order to get this image, we had to shoot it multiple
times and he would get a face full of water every time we took a
shot. The outcome was fantastic though.
What is the overall concept of the
exhibit? Do you want to convey a specific message or
I would say the overall concept of
this exhibit is to celebrate the magnificence of the male form
in photography. As for a message or feeling, that is more
difficult to answer because my goal is create imagery that
speaks to the viewer and what that image says is different for
each person viewing it.
How would you describe your style
as an artist/photographer?
My style is clean and simple.
When shooting outside I prefer to use natural light and when
shooting in the studio I prefer to use simple light setups. I
love to use light to enhance the model and often play with
shadows in my images. Many of the images in this show were shot
with a single light source or natural light outside. I do not
use a lot of post production tricks in my images, rather I let
the image/model/subject speak for itself. To be honest, I
just do not have the patience to spend hours manipulating an
image in Photoshop. For the most part, I prefer to display
the image as it was shot. That is not to say I do not do
some basic editing like color correction or remove a blemish
from time to time. Some of the pieces in this show were edited
What was most exciting about
shooting these pieces?
me the most exciting thing about creating this work was the
collaboration process I had with all the models. For
example, Francois Sagat (left) and I spent a
couple days prior to the shoot discussing different concepts
before we both decided on what we would shoot. Once the
model and I have decided what and where we are going to shoot,
the real fun begins. The actual shooting process for me is
the most enjoyable part for me. I love when it all comes
together and that "ah-ha" moment happens when the model and I
both know we created something very cool. When the model gets
super excited about what we have shot is pure magic for me.
Do you have a specific type of
model you like to work with?
I prefer to work with models who are
100% comfortable within their skin. Much of my work
involves models wearing very little (if any) clothing and that
can be scary and daunting for some. Basically, the guy needs to
be confident without being arrogant, cocky or conceited. I
work with models between the ages of 18 and 80, and I find
beauty in everyone that comes before my lens.
Do you have a favorite part of the
male body that you like to shoot?
You would be surprised, but for me it
is the eyes! The model can have the most amazing physique
and if his eyes are dull and lifeless, so is the image.
The eyes must convey some kind of mood in order for me to feel
good about an image. Even if the models eyes are not
looking directly into the camera, they must still convey
something. I have shot a few models that had flawless
bodies, but their eyes were vacant and dull - those images will
never be published or seen because they convey nothing to me.
What are some of your upcoming
I have an Editorial Layout and Cover
for the June 19th Issue of BeautifulMag (www.BeautifulMag.com)
featuring real life porn star couple Samuel Colt and Chris
Porter. I am also working on a coffee table book that I
hope to have completed by the fall of this year.
Additionally, a gallery in
Tampa will be taking this
show in the fall and a couple other galleries have expressed
interest as well.
More about Gio Spano
Spano (Right) has quickly become one of the
most sought after photographers working in the areas of Fine
Art, Commercial, Erotic, Fashion and Physique. At the ripe
old age of 10, he was given his first camera by a family friend
who worked as a professional photographer. From that day
forward, he was hooked and has enjoyed taking photos ever since.
Photography came naturally to him and for the majority of his
adult life he pursued it as a hobby. He never dreamed he could
make a living doing what he enjoys most. With the
exception of two college photography classes, he is self taught
and tells people that "it is within the mistakes I have made
that some of the most amazing things have happened."
He has spent his entire professional
career working in the Entertainment industry. He started his
career as an Actor/Model and then went on to become a Writer,
Producer, Director, and Corporate Executive. Several years ago
he decided it was time to pursue his true passion in life and he
traded in his suit and tie for his camera and flash. "I am
never happier than I am when capturing an alluring image of
someone or something."
In the mid-90's he had the great
opportunity of living and working in Italy for a period of time.
He credits this time of his life as the inspirational period
that instigated his passion for capturing images of the human
body. He was captivated by the beauty of the magnificent
imagery of the human form in sculpture and art throughout Italy.
"The ancient Greeks and Romans were not ashamed to show the
splendor of the nude body in all manifestations of their art."
Upon returning to America, he began seeking every opportunity
possible to photograph people who were not ashamed of their
bodies. As such, his artistic nudes and physique images
are his true passion.
He is a proud member of
Professional Photographers of America. Gio’s approach
with each image is to not only capture a moment in time, but to
create a story within that moment. All his shoots are done with
the utmost professionalism and Gio prefers to collaborate with
each model that shoots with him.
Gio’s work has been featured in
magazines such as DNA, Playgirl,
Pulp, Men's Fitness, HotSpots,
411, FreshMen, MEN,
Unzipped, TETU, BeautifulMag
and many more. His work is also featured in the 2010
anthology book BEAUTIFUL VISION published by Bruno
Gmunder and he is currently working on his own book with an
anticipated release in the winter of 2011.
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