I try to be as open to advice and opportunity as I can. That being said...
Last weekend I did a shoot for a project that I have been working on since September of last year. Afterward, some of the guys who were modeling and I went for a drink and a chat. Richard Cortez gave me some advice and a lot of it really resonated.
Until now, I have only shared tiny portions of this project. The series is called 'leaving no broken hearts'. It is inspired by the poem 'Howl' written in the 1950s by Allen Ginsberg. The poem is an exploration of an array of themes including, but not limited to drugs, sexuality, and American society post-WWII. The goal of my project is to revisit these themes and explore them from a modern perspective.
Moving forward, I will be sharing lots of the b-roll shots from this project on social media platforms as well as my blog. I plan to celebrate the completion of the project by publishing a book sometime in the future. But for now, this is where you can find the work.
The shoot from last weekend featured Richard Cortez (@richardcortez), Jake Elvig (@jakeyfabuloso), and Jordano Richardson (@paris_boi). This particular shoot was based on the following line:
“who balled in the morning in the evenings in rose gardens and the grass of public parks and cemeteries scattering their semen freely to whomever come who may" -Allen Ginsberg, 'Howl'
Thank you to Richard, Jake, Jordano, and my buddy Joey Buckingham for coming to help me chase light and offering lots of moral support. :)
To check out 'Howl' in its entirety, click here: 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg.