2 weeks ago I had the opportunity to work with the amazing photographer, Ryan McGinley. His studio is set in NYC, and one of his crew scouted me from AfroPunk. Let me begin by saying this experience was full of firsts; first time riding the ChinaBus, first time meeting the lovely Marcus (with a "C") Branch (like a tree), first time shooting nude, and the first time painting my self with somebody else. I absolutely suck at taking pictures to document my day and remember the memories forever, but I made a painting to forever capture the magic of my time there.
That weekend, I was staying with Kingsley and have met most of his pals except his BEST pal, Marcus Branch. Funny enough, we both were booked with Ryan! I'm so glad I got to meet this beautiful soul, he definitely made my day in NY so much better! So here's a selfie with me and Marcus💕
When I arrived to their office, the place was FILLED with books! It was a dream, I met Dick the Dog, and a cute kitty that looked like my hamster lol. Everyone on the staff was wonderful, and very busy with their work. Unfortunately, my bus was late and so I arrived probably an hour and a half later than I was scheduled to shoot but they were very nice about it!
The studio where we shot was above the office, filled with cactus plants and photography equipment. A white cyclone wall was set up on one half of the room with the sunlight coming in. When Ryan first came into the room he said "Hello Dina, you can take your clothes off and meet me by the wall" LOL. Very to the point but we didn't have much time as there were other people waiting to shoot! Two women accompanied Ryan, one filming the shoot and the other asking questions while I blabbered and awkwardly posed nude for him. As I became more comfortable, and my favorite songs played in the background, I felt like we began to create magic! The direction and flow became more apparent and I'm so glad they appreciated my body hair! Haha.
After we finished up, I got dressed and Ryan autographed a book for me, one of his called "Way Far" and on the inside he wrote "For Dina, Body Loud!" And signed it. If you know me you know I'm super sentimental so that meant everything to me!!!
Onto the painting, I titled it "Body Loud" clearly because of what Ryan wrote. It's acrylic on a 12"x16" canvas, and supposed to show our auras in his studio!
Below is the process! Yellow and Green auras surround us for I feel we are both intelligent and creative people, it's a simple yet effective story-telling image! One of those photos that if you've ever shot with Ryan you'd FEEL.
Thank you for reading this post! I had an amazing time and can't wait to visit again! Until then, my great time is immortalized through paint!