So you think my more than decade-long corporate office experience only benefited my business skills and ethics? A part of it led me to prison.
Let’s bring some clarity: the sentenced service was to conduct a commercial shoot, and the prison is now abandoned. I worked there twice already, once for my Gothic Rennaisance pals’ sick commercial shoot, and another time for an engaged couple (they are rad and one of them is a photographer). I also brought 12-year-old girls there once for a quick “bring-your-kids-to-work” type of tour. So you see it’s not too bad, although illegal and unsighty.
Some may know that I worked at Forest Laboratories for 11 years prior to quitting to become a full-time photographer and wholly devote myself to running Zorz Studios. I stay in touch with many of the former co-workers and one of them approached me with this project for a young recording artist DeLaZoo who was flown from the Chicago area. He is a young rapper featured in the video below (not appropriate for children!) and more on his YouTube channel.
The location was chosen by the production team from several options. I learned during the preparation that only an emotionally neutral image was needed to work into with the vexing backdrop so I had to be easy on my expressive posing and fervor. 🙂
Check out this behind-the-scene shot from Instagram for a better idea of the workplace: