A while ago I started a project where I photographed a bunch of female high school greco-roman wrestlers. I never finished it and I totally forgot about it until I was cleaning out and reorganizing one of my hard drives today.. These photos represent the project in its infancy but I Just wanted to share it.
When I was growing up an issue of Ebony magazine was always on the living room table. Always. My
mom must have had a subscription to that thing for 30+ years. She still has that subscription as a matter of fact. I’d venture to guess that many black families have a similar relationship with that great magazine. So, you could imagine how truly humbling it was to be asked to shoot the cover of Ebony magazine. I’ve shot for GQ, Interview, Rolling Stone and all the rest but I knew that in my moms eyes, this was probably the job that made my college tuition worth it ( actually I got a scholarship but you understand what I mean ). Anyway, I was assigned to shoot Chadwick Boseman and the cast of “Get On Up” the James Brown biopic at the legendary Apollo theater. Lots if history there. Lots of opportunity.
I love the images that were made that day and It was a great honor to do that job. Here are some of the images.
This is a cover of Elijah Wood that I shot for my favorite magazine out of the Philippines STATUS ! I had such a great time shooting this one! Elijah was a really cool dude and we even got to nerd out a bit!
I ran into legendary photographer Bill Cunningham last week at a party… this guy is a legend in the photography community and in popular culture. If you don’t know him check out the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” When I met him all I could think was “ I want to be like him one day when i grow up”. Photographers, if they are lucky, have careers that last many decades and I’d love, more than anything, to be 89 like Bill one day and still shooting… still making work, still riding my bike through NYC traffic ( which he does) and still giving a shit. I’ve been shooting for 11 years professionally and I feel like I’m just now getting the hang of this thing and in the grand scheme of things I’m just a baby or maybe an adolescent just learning what my true voice actually is.. I respect the old masters like Mr. Cunningham so much and I’m honored to have met a few of them.