Photography suits the temper of this age—of active bodies and minds. It is a perfect medium for one whose mind is teeming with ideas, imagery, for a prolific worker who would be slowed down by painting or sculpting, for one who sees quickly and acts decisively, accurately.

Edward Weston

RMJ is a Washington dc based photographer who enjoys exploring various environments using a variety of traditional and contemporary photographic and darkroom techniques. Whether doing shoots in the urban landscapes of his native Chicago to those done from his studies in Europe and the Middle East or in the villages of Zimbabwe where he spent time in the Peace Corps, Joppa concerns himself with the interplay and visually appealing capacity of texture, value, and form. Recently RMJ has been applying his aesthetic interests to artistic nudes with influences ranging from Bruce Weber to Robert Mapplethorpe and is consequently enriching his already extensive portfolio.

RMJ’s work is heavily influenced by Kim Kirkpatrick, Curtis Knapp, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, Diane Arbus, Alfred Stieglitz, and Irving Penn either through classes and workshops he has attended or through their printed work. Joppa also appreciates Christopher Makos, Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, and Andy Goldsworthy.

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