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!

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!