A couple years ago, I set up a white paper background at The Middle East Club, in Cambridge, MA and made portraits of the attendees of America’s Hardcore Fest. Done in the tradition of Richard Avedon, setting up a white background in open shade and using that incredible even light to make the subject pop against a blank canvas. That shoot had a couple of limitations: it was December in Boston, so there was only a few hours of daylight, it was cold, and the paper was fairly short.
This spring I was finally able to continue to project at United Blood Fest in Richmond, VA. I loaded up some HP5 in my Mamiya c330 and hit the road. This time, I planned ahead and brought a 7ft roll of paper and scouted a good location on the side of the building. Plus, since it’s April, I had many more hours of daylight to work with.
So, shout out to Avedon, Drew Carolan (who assisted Avedon and photographed punks at CBGBs in the 80s), and all the students of the white background.