We are coming to the end of 2016 and what a year it has been. This is the 1st full year I've had as a freelancer. I can't say it was perfect but I got by for sure and had a little fun doing it. I shot a lot of new sets with some wonderful models. Worked with a handful of killer clients (hopefully more clients in 2017). I had one of my more prolific years in street art continuing work with Angelina Christina as well as the artists of the RFK Mural Festival over the summer. This year definitely felt like a struggle but I think it 5, 10, 20 years I'll look back at this time really fondly.
Normally this is the time of year where people are putting together their "best of" posts, lists, etc. but I can't choose any best of because I always feel the best is yet to come and everything before it got me there. In that spirit I wanted to present one of my favorite sets I've shot recently and been dying to post. During the RFK Mural Festival I was hanging out over by Hueman's mural. Hueman was the reason I was at the RFK Mural Festival in the first place as we had discussed doing some portraits together when she invited me to come be a part of this thing. During the day of the actual festival there was a mobile DJ truck outside of Hueman's piece. One of the DJs was a striking tattooed goddess with a head of pink hair that would make Samson jealous. I snapped a few photos and commented to my friend Shadow Monster Bear how amazing this woman was. She told me her name is Ry Toast and confirmed what an amazing lady she is.
Months later I would post the few photos I took of Ry and she was stoked. I decided to hit her up about a shoot and the desire was mutual. The day of our shoot was the day after the election. We headed down to San Pedro to the Angel's Gate Bunkers. The Angel's Gate Bunkers are old abandoned WWII bunkers in the South Bay of Los Angeles, fenced in, graffitied up. and largely forgotten by time. This was my first time here and I was completely blown away by the possibilities of the location. Ry and I shot all afternoon and talked about the future of our country, music, life, love, hate, and just so many topics. Artistically we were in sync from the start just had an amazing time. Every time we thought we were done we squeeze out just a little bit more. This is the final post of 2016 but I look forward to shooting more with Ry in 2017 (this week actually) and all the other rad adventures to come!
Click the photo below to end your 2016 with something Raw