An aspiring and successful actor, Che is deeply immersed in the Rochester cultural scene. So much so, we’ve named him Che of The Town!
Exclusively for Talker, Che has solicited and is conducting interviews from about 50 Rochestarians working in a diversity of creative fields.
For the full series, see Che of The Town: Interviews (1-14)
Introducing Johnny Mattice; A Photographer calling his own shots.
I was very fortunate to interview Johnny Mattice of BRAVO Photos, an extremely talented photographer within our community. Here is what we discussed.
Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended, etc.
I was born and raised in the great city of Rochester, New York. I attended Edison Tech and Eastridge for high school. For college I first attended MCC and then Empire State University majoring in Business and Art.
What inspired you to be an artist/entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?
My first inspiration to become a photographer came from my father. He was in the military and spent a lot of time overseas in Europe traveling and taking pictures of all of these wonderful and historical places. Places that I’d only heard about or saw in magazines. It left an indelible mark on me that still resonates to this day. I remember seeing all of his 35mm cameras lying around the house while I was growing up and playing with them and thinking they were so cool. I was hooked.
The worst adversity I’ve had to overcome concerning photography was due to my back surgery. Many times when you are shooting you need to stand or bend or twist and turn and these movements are usually quite difficult for me now. So I try to shoot smarter now, not longer.
What do you believe sets you apart from other artists/entertainers?
I would have to say my perspective sets me apart from other photographers. Not that mine is any better or worse than anyone else’s. It’s just something that sets us all apart from each other. We all have our own vision and want to express it differently. Two people can look at the same object and shoot it in totally different contrasting ways.
Do you have other interests or hobbies?
Outside of photography I love music and playing the drums. I also love to paint. It’s very relaxing. I’ve always loved traveling to new and exciting places and meeting different people. Although my camera is always close by just in case an opportunity presents itself.
Any projects you have out or currently working on?
Where would you like to see yourself?
In 5 years, I’d like to see myself working and living in New York City. It’s always been a dream of mine. It’s one of the best places in the world to live and be a photographer in. It has history, music, art, museums, skyscrapers, bridges and roughly 8 million people to photograph. Ideal place for a street photographer
Shoot, Shoot, Shoot. Always have your camera with you and be ready to shoot anything and everything you see. Practice really does make perfect. Be ready to jump on every opportunity that presents itself. These moments are fleeting and don’t last very long. Many times you only have one chance and if you miss it, you might not have another one again.