West 15th Street, New York.

I was on my way to The Blonds Spring 2014 presentation when I came upon these two near Chelsea. It was dark but because I was going to photograph models backstage I just happened to have my flash with me. (Quick tangent: I have never actually used a flash for backstage photos, but I always carry one if I don’t know what the lighting situation will be like beforehand–you never know). I thought these two had a lot of style and swagger just walking down the street. I was listening to Kendrick Lamar’s album at the time, and it probably had an influence in me shooting them the way that I did. I just feel that when I take photos with a flash, my sensibilities in the way I photograph subjects changes completely–I want to get grittier, more personal (for reference, see this).