Sometimes with shooting so many genres I get a little lost in my way. In my effort to not copy myself and others sometimes I wonder off and lose my rhythm. As a photographer you have so many tools at your disposal: lights, lens, time, theme, and photoshop. At times it’s hard to decide which directions you want to go. Eventually you end up stopping and just looking around. From there the challenge is to start again and find your rhythm.
One of my favorite artist Bootsy Collins always spoke of doing it on the one. A concept he got from James Brown where they would always emphasize the first beat of the rhythm. When Bootsy joined Parliament Funkadelic the concept then moved on to meaning all the people coming together as one. While I am not a musician, for me, the one is the theme. When I am out of rhythm I start with a good theme and just go from there. I don’t go any with any plan, expectations, or anything. Sometimes just looking and feeling is better than talking or even listening.
This shot came about as Chelene was watching me shoot Amanda. We were just starting out and didn’t really know exactly where we going with the shoot when I turned my head and saw her siting in this pose. I told not to move a muscle, adjusted my light and then turned my camera towards her, and like that this shot was created. From there the rhythm was back. Because when I pointed my camera back to Amanda this is how she was posed.