I first met Ty Arnold in August of 2013 when the director of my “Pocketful of Poetry” music video asked him to do the photography for the video. Ty was photographing a refugee camp in Syria at the time and we decided to hold off on the video until we could get him in town. He was worth the wait.
After we became friends on the set of the music video, Ty graciously offered to do a portrait of me. He wanted to do something different than all of my album and press photography. I had seen Ty’s amazing portraits before, so I was all over that idea. But months passed and our combined travel schedules got in the way.
Last week, Ty spontaneously surfaced via text message to schedule a shoot he was envisioning in the style of Anton Corbijn. ONE MILLION things got in the way of making it happen and with a heavy heart I told him it just wasn’t going to work. But through a series of serendipitous events, my day freed up at the last minute and we decided to head out into the rain and CARPE DIEM!!! (At least, that’s how Ty put it when I said “Let’s do this!”).
We trudged out into the icy, sulfury muck of Antelope Island in our bare feet and made art – pure, spontaneous art that makes your whole body feel happiness from head to muddy, frozen toes. Ty used a Mamiya rz67 with Kodak Tri-X film for this portrait. The real deal.
A few photos from my iPhone documenting our location.