The prep for this was pretty much cursed.
Syd is a bit of a gladiator, so my initial concept was to put the two of them in armor with swords. A guy I’d done a lot of favors for in the past, and gotten armor from in the past, told me that he completely had stuff that would be perfect for the dancer body types I described to him. It turned out that the only stuff he had was some embarrassingly awful half-assed stuff he had made for Britney Spears’ back-up dancers . . . which the Britney Spears people had hated so much they stopped working with the guy. There was no way I was putting Syd or Jiz in those defective outfits, but it had been a couple years since I last got armor from this particular source and I don’t think he’d cleaned his studio in the intervening time. He was hyperventilating about something or other and so I looked through the armor myself and had an allergic reaction to the filth. It was all sort of tragic and I was going to just get a couple pieces and see if I could put something together with some mismatched stuff and then the guy all of a sudden wants a totally ridiculous price and gets really aggro and tells me he is having a very bad day. I try not to take my bad days out on other people, so that hurt my feelings, especially as I was kinda pulling stuff at this point to be polite. So I decided to skip the whole mess.
Then part of the camera broke when I took it out of the bag at the location.
All of which I would have taken as a bad omen and called it a day under many circumstances, but I was really excited to shoot Syd Blakovich and Jiz Lee and we met for coffee beforehand and I just felt like we were creatively on the same page. And, of course, there is the part where they are both ridiculously gorgeous. So forrestblack and I still did the shoot. As an artist, I could fret about this or that which is marginally different from whatever, but everything turned out really terrific. Sometimes what a shoot seems like it will be in the prep stage evolves into something different yet excellent as various factors play out and as part of the collaborative process of shooting.
This is a shot from the first set of Jiz Lee and Syd Blakovich for the Blue Blood VIP. You can check out this free Jiz Lee and Syd Blakovich gallery. More updates of them to come, plus a video interview about their Twincest art project.