Alternative Press Magazine
How many layers?
Over 20 Photoshop layers.
The band was passing through town for one day and the magazine needed the shoot completed on a tight deadline. The band only had an hour to shoot so we had to have everything prepped and tested by the time they arrived so I decided to do the shoot in my friends garage. I bought a roll of blue backdrop paper and we taped it to the walls to avoid painting them.
The car was actually a taxi my friend had somehow acquired from the movie ‘Ali’ with Will Smith.
For this shoot I decided to take a huge risk and attempt something that if done poorly would come off as something horribly amateur and cliche. The band’s name “As Cities Burn” inspired me to take a crack at expressing a visual narrative that included a literal interpretation of their name. At the time I had never attempted anything this ambitious as far as time constraints, craftsmanship and execution. I think it was worth the risk and to date it’s still one of my favoritre photographs.
Below are the progression of images from raw, to the version I submitted to the magazine, to the published version with copy.