When I starting documenting life in May of 2009, I never would have imagined that I would be doing cool things like this. It's not like I'm a big-time photographer...but I've had some incredibly dope experiences. I've had a feeling of importance whenever I got to shoot celebrities.
Owning Nikon cameras has changed my life.
When I was living in D.C., I used to listen to Sway in the Morning on Shade 45 whenever I drove in to work. I used to love hearing what they were gonna be talking about on any particular day. It made being stuck in traffic more bearable.
One morning I was driving to work and I heard that Sway would be recording in D.C. I happened to be off on the day he would be in town. On top of that, they were allowing people to visit the studio as long as they signed up. I frantically emailed the person working on the show to secure myself a spot. I was in there.
I woke up that morning, grabbed my camera, drove myself to the metro station, hopped on the train, and wondered what I was about to experience. It was a pretty long ride. But it was worth it. When I arrived, I signed in with the security guard, and waited for a station representative to take me to the radio booth. Someone came and got myself and several other people that had signed up.
When we got in the studio, Sway was going into one of the segments of his show. While the theme song was playing, I got to chat with him. It was so weird. I was talking to a dude that I saw in Jena, Louisiana when the Jena 6 situation was going on. I didn't have MTV for the majority of my life, but when I got it, I saw him. Here I was talking to him. I asked him about the Wake-Up Show, and he was surprised I knew about it. He seemed impressed. He told me that they were planning on bringing it back; now it plays every Monday night on Shade 45. But this was several years ago
I mentioned that I noticed a significant change in the length of his dreadlocks since I had previously seen him in Louisiana. He told me his father had died; he cut them off as a form of coping. I completely understood because I lost my father in 2008. It was a sentimental moment...a "broment". For real. It's sad, but interesting that we have that sense of loss in common.
He interviewed Simmore, a comedian, over the phone. I didn't think celebrities would be involved. But he had them on his show every morning. I assumed that I wouldn't be seeing anyone in person.
Was I wrong.
...but I'm glad about it.
Yo Gotti came in the studio. I interviewed him for the school newspaper at Tennessee State while I was still a student. I didn't take a photo with him, but I took plenty of him. The whole campus was following him. I wasn't even a "photographer" then, but all I did was take photos of him and asked questions.
...and here we were again, face-to-face.
I got to ask him a question on-air. It's was dope.
After Gotti left, Gabrielle Union walked in.
She was beautiful as fuck. She was wearing an active suit. It looked like something she would workout in. She's very petite in person. I couldn't take photos of her because her security guards would have bodied me if I did. But it was cool just to be in the same room with her though.
Then Raheem DeVaugn walked in. He had a guy with a camera with him. Not a photographer. But a guy with a camera.
I took lots of photos of Raheem. I got to speak with him briefly.
I asked the guy holding a camera to take a photo of Sway, the other hosts, Raheem, and myself. He took the photo...but cut out Raheem.
Everyone that owns a camera isn't a photographer just like every guy in the world that has a gun isn't a thug.
But that's beside the point.
It was a phenomenal day. I briefly got away from the monotony of being a government employee. My job was boring. Photography is what I love. I was supposed to be there.
There aren't many things in life that I remember vividly; this experience is still as bright and beautiful as the rising sun on a summer morning.
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