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Meet Mario Amean: The Emerging NYC-Based Photographer Pursuing a Medical Career

We often associate passion with pursuing one path. Indeed, many established authorities even share stories of grit and dedication that demonstrates their process of transforming their one dream into reality. However, passion can also mean the desire to become fulfilled in life – no matter how many dreams one has. After all, in dreams, the sky is the limit, and Mario Amean is intimately familiar with that.

While countless individuals are focused on one dream, Mario Amean is bent on materializing two goals: to become a highly recognized photographer and a well-rounded doctor. It may seem like an unlikely duo, but it has always been this talented personality’s dream not only to provide great photos but also to save lives. By continuing to defy the odds, Mario is on his way to conquering two worlds and transforming his vision into action one step at a time.

Having been raised by a family of passion-driven photographers, it came as no surprise that Mario Amean developed a deep-seated love for the craft. Since he was ten years old, he has been working with his dad, who used to own several photography studios in Egypt. Together with his siblings, Mario explored the world of photography.

For more than 15 years, Mario assisted his dad, from whom he learned several tricks of the trade. As a matter of fact, he has developed quite extensive skills in using and handling Photoshop, producing photos that are top-notch. Mario eventually cemented a reputable stance in photography, enabling him to grow a massive following of 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

Pounding the pavement with his desire to solidify himself even further, this NYC-based professional photographer is teaching photography classes to help those who aspire to make a mark in the realm of films and reels. He also teamed up with his two younger brothers, Edwar and Mody, to create an app called Klik Photography. This app will serve as a platform where clients from all walks of life can book them as photographers and have an easy and fun experience.

“I would describe my work as professional. I have a great experience that allows me to provide my customers with quality photos,” explained Mario.  

However, his dream was not limited to mastering the art of photography. In the middle of taking photos, Mario Amean was also studying to become a doctor in order to save lives. As a matter of fact, while he was building his portfolio, this talented photographer was also spending his time in books, delving deep into the world of medicine. 

“I love art, but I also love medicine. I plan to apply my experience as a photographer in my career as a medical doctor one day,” shared Mario.

When we define passion, it is not just about pursuing one dream career. It could be anything under the sun, such as aiming to live a happy and successful life and the like. In Mario Amean’s case, his dream is to become a photographer and doctor. As he continues to aim high, Mario wishes to inspire people to dream big and never settle for less.


Inspired By American History – Here’s How Jesus Marquez is Collecting Antique Treasure

Vises have adorned workshops and workbenches for centuries, with the earliest records being found in the 1700s. Throughout this period, the purpose behind vises has remained unchanged: to help build the railroads and let craftsmen carve, cut, and drill wood and metal with unparalleled precision.

 Vises are tools made to help woodworkers, jewelers, clockmakers, and metalworkers hold wooden or metallic pieces in place. The earliest vises ever to be discovered date back to 1750. Before the advent of vises, workers had to hold objects in place manually with wedges and hammers; however, the invention of vises changed this age-old practice, allowing for simpler and more convenient crafting.

 The first vises were made of wood which proved invaluable for artisans and woodworkers; however, they were found lacking in terms of durability. The second generation of vises was created in England in 1830, which featured a cast iron body, providing them with the required sturdiness to withstand rough use.

 Antique tool collector and entrepreneur Jesus Marquez has made a career out of collecting and restoring antique vises to their former glory. Jesus explained how his passion for antiques gave way to his brand,

 “I’ve been an antique enthusiast since I was a kid, and back then, I fell in love with the story of how vises were built to hold America.” Jesus further informed, “I founded Mexashop1, not as a company but as a brand that works as a platform for me to showcase my antique vise and tool collection. I” ve been collecting vises since 2015 because these tools played a vital role in America “s history, they were used to build America, and I suppose that “s what makes them so interesting for me.”

When asked about his most prized possessions, Marquez shared, “Over the years, I have managed to secure some rare pieces, such as The BugaV vise, The Reed 209 9” Jaws, only one known in existence, the Parker 260X vise 360lbs – one of the only two in existence and the only Prentiss factory wood show display vise that’s over a hundred years old. These are just a few that I can count on my fingertips. Apart from that, I also have many original vise display shelves used in retail stores over one hundred years ago, Reed 109.” And many 8’’ vises are well over 200lbs.

Marquez elaborated on the subject, “I am a strong believer of ‘they don’t make it like they used to’, because even though the latest iterations of these tools are better at their jobs, it wouldn’t be right to just forget about the originals and how they paved the way for the future generations.”

Jesus, on how he separates antiques from modern iterations, went on to reveal, “It’s not something anyone can pull off. There are times when the distinctions are visible, but I largely depend on my intuition. Sometimes you can find the date of production on the slide keys or on the back jaws/static, but depending on that solely can be a gamble because back in the day, manufacturers sometimes used to put warranty expiration dates, so it makes the entire process a bit confusing.”

He continued, “The designs are also a bit different from the modern versions. Over Time, artisans found ways to tweak the designs, so the latest iterations have additional features that the antique pieces lack, such as the rotating vise heads and the specialty jaws.” 

The quest and passion of Jesus may seem uncalled for to some; however, Marquez’s consistency and dedication have inspired the people of today to connect with history. Although the antique industry is very small and mostly active online, through the smart use of social media, Jesus has been able to leave a mark on those who value – and are intrigued – by the true essence of the old world’s mechanical treasure.