<P>Meet the cover face, Dan Metz In a type of career thats based on capturing a given emotion or moment in time, I believe the best way to preserve and reflect on local culture is none other than within the photo- graph itself. Theres truth in the saying that a picture can say a thousand words, so which of those words can be attributed to this type of preservation? I think the settings and environ- ment are ideal for this kind of local preserva- tion, or in cases where a background may be absent, the burden falls more on what the model is conveying and wearing. Q: Generally speaking, Whats Culture for you? A: Growing up in the US with a very diverse background, I was never really raised in accord- ance of where my roots lie. My heritage can be traced back to over a half a dozen different countries throughout Europe and I was never exactly sat down to learn about each and every one of my familys roots. For us in the States, culture is what you make it, something that must be learned and taught rather than inher- ited. Family gatherings around the holidays for Thanksgiving to Independence Day are what exemplify culture for me. Q: This issue is focusing on wedding culture, and your photography was selected to be in the magazine, what are the insights you would give to reflect wedding culture on your pho- tography/modelling? A: To be honest, I have yet to be invited to a wedding. But generally speaking, wedding culture in the US today has been turned on its head. What was once something meaningful for two individuals and their families seems to have been transformed into a bit of a circus frenzy. Television greatly influences American culture presently, which has sadly transitioned the wedding event into a spectacle of stress and obligations rather than the freedom and ease that I feel is reflected in my picture. Q: Where do you think the wedding culture is growing at? small gathering or big celebra- tions? A: Wedding culture today seems to be gravitat- ing towards larger celebrations. TV shows dont glorify the small and intimate gatherings that were more of the norm in the past. Today, at least in the US, we seem conditioned to throw larger and larger parties every year to see who can outdo each other like in some pro- verbial competition. Q: Whats the culture of modelling in your area? How do you differentiate yourself from others? A: The culture of modelling in NYC is extremely competitive. Its not just based on beauty alone or how one can portray them in front of a camera as personality also plays a huge role in the selection for a particular job. 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