I started this series in 2011 as a means to give back to the BBoy (break dance) community. Since I’m a much better photographer than I ever was a dancer, I wanted give back in my own special kind of way. In ancient Rome, they built sculptures to honor their heroes. In a similar vein, I’m using photography to honor mine.
Each of these images has been custom tailored to highlight the individual skill sets of each dancer. We usually start with a base movement or signature move, and build the image from there. I chose these dancers in particular, simply because they were the best dancers I had access to at the time.
Through this work I hope to highlight the creative achievements of the BBoy community, and also to elevate the dance by creating its own iconography. In most of the world’s religions, heroes ascend to become “Gods.” In BBoying, we call them “Monsters.”