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, was to combine the eastern door gods with greek sculptures. Basically I was trying to mix traditions of really buff dudes looking menacing, and adding a few extra limbs in for good measure. Brian understood seemed to understand the creative concept immediately. I knew he got it when he replied to my brief with “So in other words you want me to do my best Akuma impression?”
This commission provided me with a unique challenge, and definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone. In the end, I think it worked out well because he has so much texture to his body anyway.
Thank you Brian for pushing me to raise to the opportunity!!!
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