I went out and did a photo shoot with Nick Agro at the Griffith Observatory this past Tuesday.
Let there be no mistake: I love the The Universe. I love anywhere devoted to exploring The Universe. The Griffith Observatory is one of my favorite places. However...
Both of us were thinking, it's Tuesday—can't be that busy.
It was a madhouse. So many people there. I felt claustrophobic. Nick was climbing the walls. We did the best we could to shoot some shots and not be in people's way. For example, that shot above—the one where I look sort of stoic—yeah, seconds after that, people were shoving by me because I was in their way (my fault, I was standing in front of the doorway—who does that? I'm such a toolshed). We both thought it was a cool shot, though, so we took liberties for the sake of art (yeah).
Exhibit B: this shot was taken on the way out.
I had spent the past hour walking around with a paper bag full of a few different shirts, a sweater, and some hairspray (it was super fucking windy outside—absurdly windy—fuck up your hair windy—make you look like its windy hair windy). I pick all the good days to do things.
The way I figure it: if you're paying money to have photographs taken of you, make sure you bring some different shirts so that it looks like you have done multiple photo shoots. Please note that I am wearing the same shirt in all of these shots (I'm professional). I basically carried around a paper grocery bag of full of clothes and hairspray. At one point, one of the attendants at the Griffith Observatory asked if that paper bag was mine. I had left it sitting in the hallway so that I could take my glamour shots without a paper bag (like you do). He said, "we take unattended bags very seriously around here." I immediately felt bad. We live in a sad world when things like that are said as you are trying your best to not take glamour shots with a paper bag in your hand.
This is probably one of my favorite shots that Nick took. It is very artsy fartsy. He plays with light so well.
In regards to that last photo, and to life: I'm a very happy guy, and at times I am a very sad guy and I think this shot really represents that well. I try my very best to be happy. It makes me super happy helping other people. I'm a pretty ignorant guy in a lot of other respects (like putting on different shirts when doing a photo shoot), but that is one eternal truth that I know: helping people feels good.
These are the three photos he has sent me thus far. This is the first photo shoot I have done in nearly 8 years. Thank you all so much for this and may The Universe all bless you as we try to discover its secrets together. We are all a small piece of The Universe, and that is lovely.