I was out as usual shooting the streets and ran into a couple of performers. At first I just got a shot, “Expect Us” (featured below) inspired by the relation of the mask and the persons facial expression.
The artists then begin to play, I listened for a minute and after they finished a freestyle that was it! I had to go further than just get the shot, I wanted to document how I felt at the time.
Being a street photographer still images are my favorite medium of art, but I had to let the world hear what I just witnessed. I quickly ran up to the two performers and said, “Hey, wanna make a music video”, at first they were like, “Sure, when”, I said, “Now! They were thrown back and agreed. I went to the closest light source I had available, a parking garage. They asked what they should do, I said, “Just start playing”. I started the video and it was on! I was holding the camera with one hand and motioning them to move with me and stop when I wanted.
It was a shaky video and sometimes out of focus, but that’s not what it’s about, it’s about the moment. I was very happy to have had the opportunity to meet such talented artists. I will continue to create “Spontaneous Videos” when the situation presents itself.
Expect Us. by LUVELLI