In my series "King Yellowman" I've decided to take a nonlinear approach of narrating my intimate moments with the Dancehall icon. Yellowman greeted me with his quiet, contagious confidence and said, "Yuh ah photographer n me ah di artiste, just tell me what yuh wah do...me trust you."
The shoot entailed four different outfit changes in a few hours within the Kingdom. An avid LA Lakers fan, the first look was Yellowman head-to-toe in the late Kobe Bryant's legendary no. 24 jersey. To show off his physique, he dressed in full army green fatigues, then transitioned into a tracksuit with musical notes as we moved into his living quarters. His final look was an ode to Italian mobsters/gangsters in a three piece suit. It wasn't an easy road for an orphan "Dundus" (the Jamaican slang for albino), but there in the den of his castle I saw him as a Dandy Lion.
In such a vast home, I sought a balance between him in the space and the natural ambient unveiling of his kingdom, which screamed with so much character that I was forced to streamline my adrenaline because I knew I had to execute. Due to the limited amount of light entering the interior, I used one or two strobes with modifiers to help capture the mood, as well as the details of "King Yellowman" in his castle.