Entry Title: "Deception"
Name: Jeff-Steven Mojica , United States
Category and Expertise: Portrait|Portrait_P, Student


Entry Description: This was taken in the eye of the storm during one of the most chaotic parts of my life. Despite all the turmoil, I needed a lasting memory of someone who was once dear to me before we parted ways.

Story: This was taken in the eye of the storm during one of the most chaotic parts of my life. Despite all the turmoil, I needed a lasting memory of someone who was once dear to me before we parted ways.

About the Artist:

I’m Jeff-Steven A. Mojica, age 24, a Motion Pictures & Television Cinematography Bachelor of Fine Arts Freshman--with a background in Creative Writing and Traditional Photography--at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I'm the quintessential California native with a natural affinity for the arts and literature. Much of my life was spent moving to different homes due to my parents’ job and/or life situations. The first 14 years were spent in Oxnard, California—sand, surf, and sun—until moving up north to Salinas, California—farms, rodeos, and more farms—in 2001. Not that I soaked up lot of sun while in Oxnard, though. Spending much of the time indoors, due to certain health issues, has well acquainted me with the fables and foibles of the greatest writers of all time. I made love to literature as a kid and we have been married for 19 years ever since. She is my muse and I was gifted with creativity to thank her properly with the fine art of Photography. Photography entered my life at I was 16 when my relationship with graphic design failed to hold my interest. I tried to date history, science, and logical, dull mathematics. Although my engineer of a father desperately wanted that to work out, mathematics’ absolutes stifled my abstract, right-sided brain. Photography gave me the freedom to express myself in which literature could not describe in a thousand words. As hard as I’ve tried to write things out, Photography has always captured just one more indescribable word. No more, no less. I was unable to go directly to a university after graduating high school in 2005 due to family and financial issues, so for 4 years I went to Hartnell, a community college in Salinas, California. My goal was to work until I could afford to go to a private institution while continuing my education. I was an undergraduate in Photography and English, but ultimately received an A.A. in Transfer Studies in the summer of 2009 when I was 22. I was still unable to go at this point, so I continued to take art classes. The 23rd year of my life was filled with turmoil and transformation. I discovered fine art painting and reexamined my love of Photography. Painting allowed me to brush visions onto canvas, just like penning words onto paper. It was clear that these paintings were influenced by my compositional experience in Photography: macro paintings of orange plastic mesh fences, thumb prints, piano keys, and 7 inch vinyl records. I took steps to move forward after 5 years of limbo, and come the summer of 2010, I enrolled in AAU. At this point, I wanted to marry my two passions together: the principles of photography and the craft of storytelling. The art of Cinematography and Film sates my desires and so much more. There’s nothing else I could imagine myself doing. I’m Jeff-Steven A. Mojica, age 24, a Motion Pictures & Television Cinematography Bachelor of Fine Arts Freshman--with a background in Creative Writing and Traditional Photography--at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I'm the quintessential California native with a natural affinity for the arts and literature. The first 14 years were spent in Oxnard, California—sand, surf, and sun—until moving up north to Salinas, California—farms, rodeos, and more farms—in 2001. I now live in San Francisco, CA, where I wish to enrich my craft in this amazing city. I wanted to marry my two passions together: the principles of photography and the craft of storytelling. Therefore, I became a Cinematographer. I fell in love with literature when I was very young and I have been writing stories about children and the mysteries of the world ever since. I believe that the art of Photography and the storytelling of Film will help me achieve my goal of bringing my whimsical stories to life.