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Click Click: Erika (Kaka)

I'm always working on my craft, shooting as much as possible learning how to capture different angles and lighting. When I look back at my photos it seems I just keep sticking to the same style, I know I'll find new ways to capture people. Maybe start with a medium format camera or play with light leaks and fuck with the exposures for different effects. 

Erika is a great subject, so we shot for the 4th time last week in City Heights right behind a taco shop, in the heart of the ghetto. The employees were cool with us shooting back there and on their car. I love the wall Erika selected. She saw a colored wall and automatically thought of me and sent me a photo of it, so that's how I found this wall. I'm on that 16/8 intermittent fasting so it was reaching my dinner time so we went to Sipz for some Vegan dinner then we walked around North Park for a little to get more shots. We turned a corner and noticed the sunset, and ya'll know I love shooting in front of sunsets! You'll see in the photos below, enjoy!

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The sunset shot with the sun in the background. 

The sunset shot with the sun in the background. 

Muscle Tone, Shades, Shadows & Contrast

Shot color film all my life till my college days. I was introduced to shooting black and white photography in college where we printed the photos ourselves in the dark room and that was great! I was afraid of the dark then so being in a complete dark room taking the negatives out of the canister was a challenge. I had my eyes closed in the dark just cuz I was afraid to see some sort of super natural shit lol. Anyways, one of our assignment was to create abstract art using human body parts. I had my ex-girlfriend at the time as my model and she was kind enough for me shoot her in nude. I wish I can show you the images now but if you been to my art show you would've have seen it. Back to the story, I accidentally over exposed ( I think it was) the image upon printing it and discovered a very cool print! It was all white and the only thing left of the image was her curves and outline of her body which looked like a pencil shading by finger. It did not look like a photograph anymore, it looked more of a drawing done by an artist. Ever since then I've been wanting to go back in the dark room and print more photos like that and then some, like these I have posted, shot in front of a dark back drop. 

 

This is my friend Mikey, I've known him for over a decade and I shot these for my Inked Gallery for this site and just recently I decided to edit them using VSCO Cam. Why did it take me this long to edit them? It's because none of my photos I shoot with film are edit. I got bored and got nothing to shoot so I decided to play with these photos and bring out some skin/muscle tone and play with the shadows and shit. And the results are cool!