Still....till this very day, one of my most favorite shoots was this profile on Kron Gracie. As a fan of the sport, I of course was very well aware of his family and their definitive impact on the art of Brazilian Jujitsu. I knew of him, from watching various videos on You Tube etc. --- I literally called him up one day and asked if I could could shoot a few frames. My intent was for a personal project that I was working on about grapplers (still working on that --- lol) --- I went for about a week. Just hung in the back ground.... doing me! But to witness his dedication to the art was truly unbelievable . It's always great when you come away from a shoot or a subject with the notion or thought of "Man -- I have to do better --- lol. For myself...my life. I mean this guy was the epitome of a warrior. Through and through and it was evident. You could feel the dedication, the commitment to the sport ..... Just the attitude and presence he brought to the mat. You got the sense that it embodied who he was as a person. I appreciated that. I appreciated the access. I think that's what I value the most about what I do. The chance to see things up close. Particularly elements of greatness. --- If not in talent, merely intention. Because if your observant theres always a take away. A "something" for you to grab and apply elements of to your life.
Awhile back, I had the pleasure of working with Director Allen Hughes on "The Defiant Ones" for HBO --- oh this particular day we shoot and interviewed Sean Combs aka "Diddy".
- I gotta say -- sometimes the work is fast --- "REAL FAST!!!".....probably had him on set for less than 5 mins. -- But hey, as they say --- "YOU GOTTA GET THE SHOT!".....Never the less, it was so great to witness thisman up close. To hear the elements of his journey. The stories. Say what you will about P. Diddy, but the man, is one of the truest foundations of not only Hip Hop Culture, but a large part of popular culture in America. He's like the Quincy Jones of my generation in that he help transced the "producer" into a house hold name. Have to say it was definitely a "Love My Life" kinda moment. --- Yes indeed, I wish I had more time, but I quite sure we'll meet again in this thing. -- Bless up!