It's not everyday I get to photograph Spider Man. Thursday was the day I did.
This photo project started as a burst of curiosity. Driving home a couple of weeks ago I saw a young man hurling himself up and down these silks anchored to a tree in a park nearby my home. I was captured by the movements and the skill each pose required. I thought it would make an interesting photo essay.
I thought about asking to take a few photos with my phone, but decided I needed to make the ask and turn it into a full photo project. It would be a good exercise and experience for me to follow this inspiration.
I waited until he climbed down to the ground, introduced myself in my least "This is an awkward way to meet and I'm not a creeper" voice. To my surprised Vince took my contact info without looking too skeptical and said he would contact me.
Hold the phone: he totally did contact me. And I got to photograph Spider Man.
When we discussed the shoot he told me he'd recently been inspired by the super hero connection of aerial silk performance, and Halloween, and found a great Spider Man costume. We decided on white silks for the adventure (which I admit didn't occur to me until after how that "represents" Spider Man's webbing), and set the time to meet at Mother's Beach in Long Beach, California
What ensued was a hour of pure fun, watching park-goers mesmerized by his talent and skill flying through the air, sliding down the silk ropes, and flipping into positions with ease. It was a fun way to try something new and stretch myself as a photographer. And Vince, the aerial artist (aka. Spider Man) was a true professional and so fun to work with. We're already talking about the next shoot.
Thanks for an amazing afternoon, Vince!