It always surprises people that I shoot this project entirely on the streets of Brooklyn.
2017 has been incredibly busy, so for easy of production, I decided again to keep this setup as pared down as possible.
Focusing this year on the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, we stumbled not only into a Rick & Morty themed party but also a giant warehouse party with every type of costume imaginable.
Taping a Thunder Gray backdrop to a wall near the party, we shot this entire project with my favorite battery pack, the Elinchrom ELB 400 and the medium (100cm) Deep Dish Rotalux modifier.
This year I shot about 85 people over 2 nights, getting model releases from each person so I can use them however I want (it also helps me make sure each person knows where to find the final images). It’s always fun to convince random strangers to follow me to the shoot location.
One thing we did not anticipate when we chose a central but secluded spot was that the party would be so popular that the line to get in literally wrapped around the block twice. At times I literally had to part the seas of revelers to shoot my portraits. But it also meant I could just pick people out of the line. Every cloud..
To speed up the process, we used tiny print-outs of each costume and taped them together to try find a layout that is visually pleasing for a good cultural representation of Halloween in Brooklyn.
Honestly, the images are a mess when we shoot them and it always feels like the images aren’t gonna come together, but eventually we manage to massage them into a set of collages that works really well. It’s an endless process of masking, repositioning and experimenting and make it ‘feel right’.
With thanks to Alex Schaefer, Philipp Benedikt and Hunter Moran