BBoy Monsters: Xcel

When I started dancing in back in 2001, Xcel (as in to accelerate – not the spreadsheet) was one of the top guys in the Boston scene where I came up. He was also one of the earliest supporters of our suburban breaking crew. I even quoted him in my high school yearbook!! When my crew was organizing one of our earliest events, some crews were hesitant about going up against some of the more experienced cats. Xcel replied “If you have skills, no one can ever take them from you.” That was something that really stuck with me throughout …

Door Gods

When world champion bodybuilder Brian Hazel approached me about giving him the BBoy Monster-esqu treatment, I was hesitant at first. Until now, I had never attached limbs skin to skin before. In the case of the BBoy Monsters, I also do a lot of blending for the limbs by hiding boundaries within the folds of clothing. Initially I even turned him down, recommending him to a friend who specializes in photographing bodybuilders. But Brian assured me that it was my particular expertise and vision that he was after. So I reluctantly agreed. My original concept for this set of images, …

Walking Narcissist

Walking Narcissist Walking Narcissist is about the process of introspection, of questioning who we are and who we want to be. Like my Narcissus before it, this image directly deals with what is perhaps the primary theme of World of One, how our identities are constructed.   Production Notes The composition and placement in of the figures in Walking Narcissist, combines themes from my previous works Reflection, and Diligentia II. Reflection was the first W.O.1 image I shot on film, but I was never happy with the way it came out (which is why I hardly ever show it). I thought the …