I’m grateful Communication Arts recognized this work in the Photo Annual.
I saw these as diptychs from the start and it’s a problem solve. Tight portrait misses the body language. Full length is too removed and safe. Together they capture time passing and graphic tension of where they intersect. I’m very aware of the positive/negative space.
Each subject was paid $20 in cash and I spent roughly 10-15 minutes shooting. Giant shout out to Josh (hand to head, yellow checked shirt and tie) a musician, style god and my shepherd. His presence allowed these kids to trust me.