Matt in the Studio: Behind-the-Scenes
come get me
It's been some time since I've had anyone before my camera. There are positive and negative reasons why, boiling down to not enough time, concentrating on music for the past few years (those are the positives, actually), etc. If pressed, Yes, I do miss working with people but at same time not spending time on that particular aspect of photographing has lead me down other creative paths.
Working with people takes a lot of work to, umm, work with...people. You have to find the model (if they didn't find me first); then there's the initial meeting, the planning, the set up, the hours during the shoot, the hours after the shoot editing and distributing the photos. You can imagine it's a lot of work, and not doing that work freed up a lot of time for me, just as it would anyone. Passion is wonderful yet you also have to find the time for your passions. I just had too many going on at the same time.
And yet, I do miss photographing people. Like any creative endeavor, it was exciting to sit at the computer (or wherever and however you sit or stand, depending on your creative activities) and see how it all turns out, what you can present with the photo.
With Matt, the shoot was effortless. He came prepared and was effusive about the work. If I remember correctly, he was a dancer and had lots of moves ready; he was not camera shy. In fact, the majority of the poses we shot in the Long Beach studio space were his ideas; we just ticked each one off a list.
This particular shoot is one of my faves, as it was near the end of the day of shooting (I used to shoot a LOT of ideas because I wanted to make it worth everyone's time; I later discovered that's crazy, and probably another blog entry some time). Even though all the ideas were his, Matt definitely endured a lot, from having cold water poured on him while he wore only a tee shirt and stood barefoot in a kiddie pool, to standing on an old towel while he had two men paint black paint designs on his chest and arms, through posing in nothing more than designer boots on an itchy, fake fur rug near an open door so natural light could shine down on him. And passersby could possibly see him.
I had several shots of Matt in this wet tee, some very revealing, some not. Over the years, and as I've revisited many of my photo shoots lately, the look here on his face and body posture is my favorite of the lot. Getting to know him over the hours we spent together, his look says exactly how he portrayed himself all day: Come and get me, I'm doing this.