It's a good year when I get to photograph the Boomboxery guys twice in one year. They're not just clients anymore, they've become good friends and family. I thought I didn't have to explain what a boombox was or why these guys do what they do. But I showed their picture to someone who is under thirty years old and with a perplexed look she asked, " Are those real? What are they trying to do?" I think I unconsciously grabbed my shirt ready to tear it like a high priest tore his clothes for blasphemy.
These guys are keeping the classic boombox/ghetto blasters alive and rightly so. All of the 80's kids have vivid memories of boomboxes, break dancers, hip hop, etc. It was a good time before iPods and MP3 players. I can say that these guys elicited many smiles and Oh snaps on Hollywood Blvd.
I want to give the guys (and their ladies) a huge shout-out not only for trusting me to capture their meet-ups but for having the confidence in my creativity. You guys are awesome for giving me the freedom to do what i do best! And special thanks to my boyfriend, Ray Belling, for assisting me with lighting and for taking pictures with the second camera I asked him to hold. it was difficult to narrow down my favorite images but here they are!
Keep on keeping the boombox alive!
The beautiful ladies of Boomboxery from left to right: Le Oshaiea, Imelda, Bea and Heidi.