The multi-faceted man. We all have various interests in life. It's rare that someone has such a narrow focus that they obsess about one thing and one thing only. And yet our society time and time again tells us that we must find that narrow focus, specialize, and essentially become a cog in the wheel. The people, places, activities, whatever that we love make us who we are. That amalgamation of things makes us a society. Where this becomes difficult is when people want to know what we do for purposes like hiring, dating, etc. Let's forget all the things that I love to do and focus in on the one reason we are all here: photography. I am a photographer. That seems like a specialty. I spent years studying image making. I take photos every day. But what kind of photographer am I? There are all kinds of photographers. Fashion, fine art, street art, event, portrait, wedding, engagement, newborn, and the list goes on. I suppose I could check a few of those boxes but what if I see a beautiful landscape? How many photos qualify me as a landscape photographer? Unfortunately I don't fit in a box and I generally do what makes me happy.
I rarely photograph bands but I have several times photographed my friend Devin's band Ramonda Hammer. On this particular occasion though I wasn't shooting the band live, I was invited late last year to the recording of Ramonda Hammer's new album at the legendary Sunset Studios in Hollywood. I sat on the studio photos for a while until the right occasion and today is such a day. The experience was really cool and reminded me a lot of shooting street artists working. My argument for the multi-faceted individual is that my experience shooting other artists helped informed my photos of Ramonda Hammer and in turn I'm sure my photos in the studio will inform my other work. I think you'll enjoy this inside look in to the process of Ramonda Hammer.
Click the photo below to see the entire in studio visit with Ramonda Hammer and scroll further down to watch their new music video for "Goddamn Idiot"