Celebrating its 12th year, Surface magazine’s Annual Avant Guardian Project is a nationwide search to uncover the best new fashion photographers in North America, work that demonstrates both distinctive artistic vision and cutting-edge commercial potential. After George Brown, one of the bookers at Red Models NYC sent me an email suggesting I enter the competition and that the deadline was near, i decided to enter the competition. I submited under the fine arts category mainely because of my limited access to fashion. I wanted to focus on the artistic aspects of my work. I did conceptual images that made a staement about my struggle to be part of this industry and my fight maintain my artistic integrity. I think the images vividly capture my struggle and emotion through the tones of the unusual color pallet and my signature use of lighting and composition. The images feature unsigned models Gene Grady from Philly, Jared Cameron and Mike Mizzle of NY, and Specimen/ Ford model Kyle Saunders.
Gene road the bus from Philly and spent the night at my apartment so we could get an early start on the photoshoot. In the middle of shooting the paint images with Gene, I got a ERR 99 in my Canon Rebel. I followed the instructions on the camera but no luck... it was broken. On top of everything I carelessly deleted the images i had shot.
I had to run out and buy a new camera. Gene washed the paint off and we took the subway to Adorama. We returned, re applied the paint and re- shot everything. My Granny always say " things happen for a reason." I spent almost a week doing the editing on the images. All in all, I think the pictures turned out amazing and combined with the images of Jared, Mike and Kyle, I think my submission vividly represents my style of shooting.
CONGRATULATION LAURENCE McCREA . "...attackin' the industry with the finesse of a young lion!"
Now known as the one of the leading new faces at NEXT model mgmt. Laurence McCrea is hitting the scene with the aggressive finesse of a young lion. ROOAAAR! He was recently released from his contract with his previous representation and quickly snatched up by Shameer Khan of Krush Model Management, a photographer and placement agency in NY. I worked with Mr. Mcrea a few times and I believed in him and look forward to seeing what happens during his journey through the fashion world. CONGRATULATION! and I wish you much success!
this was my first nude project i shot... i called it Genesis. It was inspired my the biblical story of the creation of man and women. The models in the project were my best friend, Dawn and Kwasi. I was bored with my fashion attempts and at the suggestion of my Dawn, I decided to try shooting an artistic nude. I thought it would be easy, especially since my models for the project were my friends but I was soooo nervous. I couldn't stop shaking. I shot Kwasi first and most of my shots were blurry and out of focus due to camera shake. He had to reshoot his shots later. Dawn was a little bit easier.
I made a collage using xerox copies of the passages of Genesis and stacked the negatives creating these amazing double exposed prints. Then I used a photo dye process to color the prints that murky red color.
In this digital everything age, I almost forgot what it's like to work with film and the value of processed film. Looking at these images brought back memories of the darkroom and the photography printing process. Many photographers emerging on the scene are dependent upon the expertise of stylist, makeup, hair dresser, technicians and most of all photoshop to make their images look good. I remember being in the darkroom for days working on these 2 images. If you handed many of today's photographers a roll of film to shoot and process they'd look at you lost and dumb-founded. I think my experience in the darkroom is a definite asset to my digital work today. I was very proud of everything i put into these images.
My Granny was so proud of the images , she took my 24x30 prints to church to show off what her grand son had done. lol