ART HAS NO RULES.
Cypress Hill | The Source Magazine Cover 1993. One of the first photo shoots that got me some attention by the Music Industry.
I didn't have much. All I had was my 35mm camera and a makeshift umbrella reflector taped to a mash Potato batery operated flash. I knew I had going to give the Source Magazine something they haven't seen before. You have to think outside the box. The business is saturated so how do you stand out? By being different.
Prior to the assignment I was testing my rig. The last photo you see in this post is a photo of me at 21 years old. Without a light meter or Polaroid, I knew what aperture to use for any distance you stood in front of the camera. Before I shot this assigment I had numerous self portraits, the original selfies. I would bracket the flash and really knew the relation between distance and flash. Don't rely in Automatic Flash. You need to understand what the flash does manually. Also, I found out that shooting reversal tungsten film 64T with flash and cross process that, it will turn everything blue. And since I was printing all my negatives, I could add more blue to the images by developing the print in the dark room. The images will get this magnificent surreal blue hue, unlike anything Ive seen before. A common style I use throughout my career.
Art has NO rules, this was considered a mistake by professional photography standards. If I would have sent this to get printed they would have tried to normalize or white balance the print.
The Cypress Shots were shot with a 28mm lens. Flash attached to umbrella.
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