Shooting Dominican born recording artist and recent Atlanta transplant, Redimi2 was equal parts creative fun and an excuse for me to go home. We spent most of the day on location in one of Atlanta's best known condemned buildings to trespass and Redimi2's garage, I mean, studio. Shoutout to Matt for assisting (and translating when necessary) and Redimi2 for playing a few unreleased tracks for us. Enjoy.
Film from my first month of living in NYC last spring. Every image below was made because my wife told me I couldn't come home until the roll of film was finished.
Camera: Canon Sure Shot WP-1
Film: Ilford XP2 400
Moka found me via an Essence Magazine feature, along with 15 other photographers I cannot believe I'm mentioned in the same sentence with. (Y'all, these folks are good.)
Anyway, Moka slid in my inbox for an engagement shoot thanks to Essence. Shoutout to her and Cerleston for braving an unforeseeable drop in temperature, high winds, and rain. What you do for love.
Inspired by Monique W. Morris' book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools and Solange's now Grammy award-winning album "A Seat at the Table", TYPICAL's "Black Gold" was a meeting of minds—myself as photographer, Jessi Noel as stylist and art director, and writer Ekemini Uwan to bring it home, making this article a must read.
Here are a few of my favorites and some good ones that didn't make the TYPICAL cut.
A collection of frames from a recent shoot with Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee, aka the-guy-Lecrae-confused-me-for.
Peep his latest project 'The Waiting Room' below, after the photos of course.
The cool folks at Matte Projects had me out for their sixth annual Full Moon Fest. This is what I saw- if only you could hear the things I did. Enjoy.
Lolawolf (Zoë Kravitz + Jimmy Giannopoulos)
Allah - Las
No words, just pictures. You didn't come here to read.
Featuring: Lecrae, DJ Promote, Swoope, Nate "Beatbreaker" Robinson, Liz Vice and Jackie Miclau.
A redhead on a rooftop.
Model: Jasmine Kalfayan
It's always cool when a fellow photographer trusts you enough to stand in front of your lens. Even cooler when they treat you to bratwursts, beer and a D'Angelo vibe session before heading to our shoot location. And just when I thought the day couldn't get any better, I'm handed 2 bags of dried mangos at the end of our session. Mr. + Mrs. Kalfayan are that deal.
My plan was to write some grand story about how this came together but I'm going to try and give you the bullet points so I can go eat. I can smell dinner cooking across the house.
Reach Records' creative director, Alex Medina text me a famous Civil Rights era image and said "CC3", I was like "word?". Fast forward a Pinterest moodboard and a week later, he tells me I'm shooting it and then drops the bomb that he wants the album art shot on black and white film. I drop everything I'm doing and run to my local camera shop to buy 8 boxes of Ilford XP2 Super 400 film.
The day was overcast with an incessant drizzle— a perfect day to a photographer. Lecrae was about 20 feet away when I arrived to set, I've been to a few concerts but never actually met him. He looks in my direction and says loudly, "Why are you here?!". He thought I was his label mate, Trip Lee. This wasn't the first time that's happened. Needless to say, his outburst broke the ice and we got cracking on Alex's vision for the third installment of Church Clothes. Available now on iTunes!
This year I've had the pleasure of shooting quite a few musicians. Before I was serious about a having a camera in my hand, I toted a trumpet around. 3 years ago I had every intention of being an audio engineer. When I met Lenne, I was on that track, serving as the sound tech in a touring play she co-starred in alongside my wife. So when the time came around for Lenne to drop what she calls a "folk indie pop" album, I was ready to shoot an artist exposing a different side of themselves. Below are a few of my favorites from our "The Heart is The Hunter" sessions.
Wolf & Shepherd isn't your run-of-the-mill dress shoe company, they make dress shoes you can actually rock all day and practically do anything while wearing them. The idea is a running shoe with a classic Italian silhouette— shoes for the grown-up cozy boy. I was quite familiar with the brand prior to the shoot, so when the day finally came around to work together, I was beyond ready.
I'll never be one to pretend that I know what it's like to be a woman. Let alone a woman in the 1960's. Being the only male on set for Typical Mag's "A Broad Range" gave me a chance to reflect and empathize. What these ladies did was put a face to a struggle. They made it personal. In subtle ways we dehumanize those who aren't like us. Is everything peachy keen for woman in the present day? No. But the ladies I know make dope art that reminds us that they also have a place at the table...and might even stand on it.
An overcast day is a photographer's playground. Luckily for me, Yvonne + Charles got married at the peak of LA's June gloom season. Charles loves this woman. Yvonne loves this man. And it's evident. This is the day they made it official.
Thanks for having me, Mr. & Mrs. Jones!
And a very special thanks to Jasmine for second shooting with me!