(some the images are outtakes from the actual editorial featured in Harlem Torch magazine)
photographed by Tarrice Love
featuring Lamar James @ Identities and Makin Curry@ Next Model Mgmt.
styled by Baurack Westley-Busher
assisted by Q
I shot this mid August during the hottest time in New York. I was so excited that I wanted to make the best impression so I dragged all my equipment to work with me and stored it in my manager's office so I could make a straight shot to Harlem and be on time. I got lost trying to find the location on the call sheet and was a little late anyway. I arrived to the spot and the people there had no idea what I was talking about so I called Brauck and he informed me that the photo shoot is now a outdoor location shoot at Marcus Garvey Park. Now I'm dragging indoor equipment thru Harlem even more lost. I have a horrible since of direction and I seem to get lost every time I go somewhere. When I finally arrived, I saw Brauck, his assistant Q, model Makin Curry and the makeup artist ( i cannot remember her name but she was thick and cute). Model Lamar James arrived a few minutes after I did, but his skin was a weird orange color. He arrived straight from the airport, returning from a trip to Miami, with a crazy sunburn and a bad reaction to the medication. He was lead to the makeup artist for her to work her magic.
Brauck took me on a tour of the park to help me adjust to the changes and focus on how I was going to shoot this outdoor editorial without the outdoor equipment. I wanted/ needed my tripod and battery pack for the strobes but I didn't want to take 2 hours to go all the way back to Brooklyn to get them - I didn't want to make a bad impression and come off like a prima donna so I adjusted the vision of photoshoot with all the changes thrown my way. In the words of Project Runway's Tim Gun - we made it work.
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This was my first time in Harlem in the daytime and it was an amazing place. I felt like I was in a Spike Lee movie with a Stevie Wonder song playing in my head. I actually enjoyed working with the team from the Harlem Torch magazine. Everyone was very nice and made me feel welcomed. It was one of the first times working with a team of people that I was made to feel comfortable. People up here tend to turn their noses up at anything that isn't "New York." I am from the south and I embrace my southern heritage with pride and they didn't try to make me feel some kind of way because of it. Lamar and Makin did a great job. Despite the sunburn, Lamar served us great face like he always does and the clothes fit Makin like they were custom made just for him. I was very pleased with how the finished images turned out nice and the way they fit the image of the magazine. I do beat myself up a little bit because I know if I had been prepared to shoot outside I know how much better the pictures would have been.
It was pretty cool to walk into a magazine store a pick up a magazine with my work in it. I was beaming from ear-to-ear. I couldn't wait any longer for the magazine people to send me copies. I ended up purchasing copies for myself and my family. Seeing my work printed in a magazine was a great way to close 2009. It has given me and my family that glimmer of hope for bigger things in the upcoming year.