Last week my buddy Nick asked me to take some photos of him to pitch a modeling agency. The agency asked for natural, clean images, so I wanted the photos to have an organic look, meaning, I didn't want to use flash or go into the studio. Fall is fantastic because of the sweet afternoon light. Golden, diffused and low, long shadows. Perfect for a nice natural look. I grabbed my Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm f/1.4 and we walked a few blocks from my loft in Brooklyn. I found a couple really clean backdrops along the way that worked really well. And the Fuji was perfect for this. It was so nice traveling light and having unlimited flexibility.
Part of my environmental portraiture series with Grahame Fowler took me to his studio workshop.Â Situated in a former airplane engine factory, the great space is packed very much like his shop with luxurious fabrics, finished products, screening tools, vintage Lambretta motor-scooters and memorabilia.Â The studio overlooks the Manhattan cityscape as the elevated subway breaks up the view.Â As they say, here's where the magic happens.
I met Grahame Fowler thru our mutual adoration of vintage 1960's Lambretta motor scooters.Â I had gone on some local group rides with Grahame and always noticed his exceptionally rare bikes and his personal style.Â I got to know more about him and offered to do a day-in-the life series of environmental portraits.Â He obliged, and thru that we've not only been working together with my helping to promote his brand, we've gotten to be good friends.Â These photos were from our first shoot together at his Greenwich Village shop.Â The shop is a modest space, packed with luxurious, military-inspired menswear.Â Most of which was designed by Grahame, and manufactured here in New York City.