I looked at some negatives that I recently made towards the Hip Hop project, I found a few that I could print that would make sense with fitting in with representing the elements of this culture. During the past few months I had been attending a DJ and Break dance workshop called 'Spin the Breaks', which was funded by the Wilson museum; where DJ Fade and Bboy Victor Jay were hosting at 340 studio on the lower high street. They both explained their disciplines and how they both work together, so how the DJ's would replay the breaks in the records so the dancers could show their moves and have a jam. I captured a few frames on the night of the last workshop, the shot I got was both of them shaking hands and looking straight into the camera. I felt at the time that the shot captured the image of these two disciplines working together.
Baring in mind that the first shot that I captured towards this project was the image of Victor spinning on his back at the first workshop at the Wilson. So I have Break dance isolated as a single frame and DJ'ing meeting the dancing through learning how they work together and participating in it, following this event. I then remembered that I shot a graffiti artist one afternoon not so long ago, it was really sunny and I was experimenting with frames that day, So graffiti is Hip Hop's visual art which covers every urban environment on the planet.
My theory behind image 2 and 3 is, with the process of liquid light in mind, I was painting the chemical onto the paper, my blank canvas, using the reflection of the red strip light on the ceiling to see where I had painted; I could see the perspective of the graffiti artist spraying the wall, his blank canvas as filling it in till he completed his design. I feel the light represents the passing of time and the area which is still blank, waiting to be filled in by each artist.
Image 4 is a portrait of an MC, Sketchster. This night he performed with a few other local MC's, members from motion enterprise and they also had a live cypher as usual. We were out in the smoking area at the end of the night, and Sketch and a few others were posing for the camera, he was with his girlfriend and the other performers. But I remember capturing a shot which is this frame (4), where his necklace was swinging in front of the camera which had a headphones pendant, and I remember how cool this was when looking through the camera that night and my flash went off. This is a frame that represents The MC visually to me.
Image 5, was taken during the filming of a music video. Here is Joey framed in front of the graffiti at the Honeybourne line, where a lot of my work has previously been made. We were down there with a simple LED video light set up and a Sony to capture some footage, and while the video guy was reviewing some takes and changing his settings I got a shot stood directly behind the light that was being used to light the scene. At the time I felt that I captured a good shot of him, in quite a vulnerable way, it was cold and we were quite high.
6. Beth and her girlfriend posing int he garden for a photo.
7. Sam (Yogi Beats) packing away his digital equipment at the end of a night.
8. A contact sheet of a group shoot That I organised earlier on in the year, this one is to show knowledge and the articulation of this culture and the people who represent it, to place them under one roof and to capture allthese creatives togther for a once in a lifetime opportunity.