Allen "Jax" Navarro
When I was a kid, I remember drawing a bunch of Star Wars ships and creating these intense action scenes where there were lasers blasting and explosions happening all over the place. Creating art was definitely a passion of mine. I lost that passion after high school when I was more focused on getting a “real” career. It wasn’t until I hit my late 30’s where the passion to create came back through photography where my dog (named Fugee) was my number one subject. My wife Lora introduced me to Instagram in 2012 and that’s when I stumbled across some really beautiful photos of dogs. I was so inspired by the amazing work that was out there that Lora and I eventually purchased our first "semi-pro" camera and shared our photos across the Instagram community under @thefugee. What was even cooler was some pretty amazing opportunities came out of this. We were fortunate enough to travel and shoot some really cool events like the National Dog Show, Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge and the Beverly Hills Dog Show. We also did freelance work for companies like Warby Parker, Columbia Pictures, Squarespace, Beggin, ProPlan and BarkBox. Our work has also been featured on Huffington Post, AdWeek, Instagram's Blog, Instagram’s own “Animals of Instagram Calendar” and published in several books (Barkbook and Dogs on Instagram) released in 2016.
Where did toys come into play? In 2016, I started taking pictures of a mini, remote controlled, Star Wars droid (Sphero BB-8) that my wife Lora gave me for Christmas and for fun, I posted these photos on a new Instagram account that I created specifically for this BB-8. The whole thought behind this was to bring this little guy to life and expose BB-8 into real world environments. From this Instagram account I discovered a whole new world called “Toy Photography” that I never knew existed. My mind was blown. Artists were creating some of the most cinematic and realistic scenes using toys as the main subject. I knew I wanted in on this and the rest is history folks! The passion I had for drawing as a child has reshaped itself into storytelling with toys as an adult. It has been an extremely fun and amazing ride so far and I can’t wait to see where this journey leads me to next!
My work has been featured at Marvel Entertainment, San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration, Toy Fair New York, ESPN, Complex, Nerdist, io9 Gizmodo, Comicbook.com, Yahoo Entertainment, Entertainment Weekly, PHLearn Magazine and Exclu Design Collective. I have also created content for Hasbro, Santa Monica Studio, Daymond John, Bandai’s Tamashii Nations, Joby Inc, Gaming Heads, Schick Hydro, The Professor, and PHLEARN.
I can't thank my wife Lora enough for opening the doors to my photography world, inspiring my creativity, and supporting my passions. Love you!