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90, 90s, buhloone, delasoul, hiphop, history, moment, new york city, ny, nyc, photography, providence, rap, rhode island, tdoteric, themoment -

I did not have a light meter to tell me the proper f-stop to set my aperture, nor did I have polaroid back to see what things actually looked like.  My camera was a Canon AE-1 Program, manual everything.

I would make the flashes pop every so often so I could see where and how the light fell, I did a few calculation to determine possible f-stops based on feet of the flash away from the subject, how much light I would lose because of the gel on the flash, it was the best I could do.

 

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archival, art, artists, hip hop, hiphop, moment, music, new york, new york city, ny, nyc, roof, sky high, skyhigh, smifnwessun, steel, tdoteric, tek, themoment -

The publicist gathered the guys in the group, Tek and Steel, and we all exchanged hellos. I suggested we go up to the roof. We had been up to the roof so many times in the past just to hangout, so going up there now with a camera was no different.

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1997, hat, hiphop, leopard, moment, new york city, ny, nyc, rareandunseen, signature, tdoteric, themoment, tip, will smith, willsmith -

Seeing Will in this outfit, I knew I had to take a picture of him. We shot at the edge of the set while the technicians were testing the lighting. After about 10 frames, I thanked Will and we sat back down until he had to get back on camera.

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1995, 90s, art, as one, background, culture, hiphop, moment, moments, music, new york, nyc, pharcyde, photograph, photography, rap, signature, t. eric monroe, tdoteric, themoment, thepharcyde -

Using the ambient light in the hallway I began shooting them from different angles. After the first 8 frames, the group relaxed and stopped doing the typical 'rap, yo!' poses, vibing with each other. Each of their actions was fluid, in sync with the movements of the others. If there was a low angle shift, someone else moved high; if someone gave a look, someone else would motion or adjust their look to stay complementary to the person adjacent.

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1994, 90s, background, guru, hiphop, history, ladybug, mecca, moment, nineties, perspective, photography, release, story -

As enchanted as I was, I didn't stay for the recording of the song. I must have had somewhere to be. Before I left the studio, I was in the lounge, preparing to leave. Ladybug Mecca and Guru were seated on the couch across from me — not songwriting — just vibing, having a good moment.

I quietly took out my camera, waited a moment. Mecca looked into Guru. Guru looked into me.

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