Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to collaborate with the creative crew at The Source. Being a long time hip hop fan and The Source reader, this was a great opportunity for me and an honor to grace the pages of such a well known magazine. This assignment was something that I don’t usually find myself shooting (fashion) but I feel that I was able to put my own style into the final photographs, which is always important as an artist. The creative behind this shoot was to show a bunch of friends hanging out together, having a good time and in cruise wear. With this in mind, The Source chose to bring the shoot over to the area where The Intrepid is located on the West Side Highway in Manhattan.
Unfortunately for us, especially the models, the weather wasn’t exactly desirable with high winds and in the low 50′s. This also forced me to abandon my ideas of using large octabanks which would ultimately become sails and blow my assistant away pretty quickly. Working without a permit and in a “run & gun” kind of style does not allow us the luxury of using C-Stands and sandbags, which also caused some challenges. I decided to use a bare bulb and 7″ reflector on the Elinchrom Ranger for all of my lighting on this shoot. I was switching back and forth between the Phase One and Canon 5D Mark 2 throughout the shoot, all depending on how quickly I needed to shoot.