The Black Upstart provided me the opportunity to photograph their bootcamp session. The program helps young, black entrepreneurs develop and grow their business to be profitable and hire others, creating a stronger community in the process.
So a couple of weeks ago, I partnered with rising talent Harper M. for a cosplay photoshoot. Today’s pic is this one by a fountain in the area that we were shooting in of the National Arboretum of Washington, D.C.
Mine/Field: LightingThe lighting cues were also operated by CreeseWorks throughout the run of the show, providing a fully synchronized experience for Glade Dance Collective.For this project, I was contracted to be Glade Dance Collective’s (glademinefield) Creative Director for promoting their piece, “Mine/Field” at the 2015 Washington, D.C. Capital Fringe Festival. Having worked with Glade previously, I already was familiar with their style and worked to achieve something that would push their visibility further, especially among other Festival performances.
Costume Design To this end, I designed the costumes, directed the photo shoot, and designed the campaign poster. The theme of “Mine/Field” revolves around data mining and anonymity, so the concept drawings took inspiration from both popular search engines as well as movies that involve being observed without acknowledgement.
Photo Shoot The next phase was translating those costume ideas into actual costumes for the shoot. I directed the shoot, using the experience I’ve gained from previous shoots to capture Glade in a natural state. This lead to quality photos that would then be used later for the poster design.
Compilation In the post-processing stage, all the information about the piece was complied and used in order to make the final piece. This included using the carefully selected shade of blue, linking back to social media, while having a representation of the dancers digital persona’s watching over them in the background. By doing this, the piece gains layers and depth that communicate the concepts of “Mine/Field”.
In addition to the graphic design work, CreeseWorks provided live support for the actual piece itself. Audio engineering and curating was done, mixing down the 14 track score into a fluid piece that moved parallel to the dancers and anchored both them and the lighting cues.
At this point in the game, anybody familiar with the work of m-flo knows what to expect from them: fluid mixes of Japanese and English lyrics delivered by MC Verbal over classy, high-energy, dance-floor rave ready beats and more by DJ Taku Takahashi. Somehow, in between running AMBUSH Design, the fashion label run by Verbal and his wife, YOON, and delivering show after show each week on Block.FM’s TCY Radio (both ran by Taku), the veterans have time to make a new album.