Jon Luvelli


    • Male
    • Photographer

    About the artist

    What entices me is the connection of everything in life, I’m grateful for the ability to photograph the stories and fragments that connect each of us. I’ve always been fascinated by capturing what’s ignored or gone unseen. Challenging myself diligently to create photographs that embody raw imagery, emotion and impeccable composition, while documenting the beauty I see, where others may turn their heads. Photography is my sole medium for expressing myself.

    I’ve created a style that’s easily distinguished by a romantically raw and macabre atmosphere. I enjoy the spontaneity of street photography, the challenge of capturing that one moment in time. My choice of subject matter comes from a place of intuition and is fueled by an impetuous desire to partake in the stories that unfold around me, and overlooked by most. I photograph people in their environments because I am curious of what lays behind their eyes, where they have been and where they hope to go. While staying true to my devotion to always reference emotions, as well as conveying social messages, intriguing stories and ultimately passionate narratives, I pay close attention to detail and contrast. As a street photographer, you must be hyper-aware of what’s going on around you. This has always come naturally to me, which has allowed me to offer a straightforward intimacy and ability to take people on a journey, a quality that is rarely kept consistent in the current state of contemporary artists.

    Photography is a refuge and release for me, there isn’t a single day I spend less than six hours out shooting. I’ve recently completed a four-year project titled, “Unseen”, where I captured the unappreciated and unseen corners of one Midwestern, United States Township. After eight years of preparation, I have embarked on my latest project, where I take a closer look into the roots and threads that thicken the foundation of our native heartland. More than a century ago, Mark Twain penned a famous line neatly distilling the distinct cultures of three of the largest cities in the Northeastern United States. “In Boston, they ask, ‘How much does he know?’. In New York, ‘How much is he worth?’. In Philadelphia, ‘Who are his parents?’.” Although these cities are hundreds of miles away from my focus, the fundamentals are parallel. This project will be a story of images, a story that will be of significant historical value decades from now.