Old Album Covers Inspire New Portraits

joshua huston, josh houston, portrait, on location, on assignment, portfolio, editorial photography, magazine, musician, haji basim, alley, black-and-white, freelance, seattle

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I just shot this image of my friend, Haji Basim. Haji, is a local Seattle musician originally from Atlanta, Georgia. A few weeks ago Haji pulled out an acoustic guitar, sat on the trunk of his car, and started playing one of his songs for me. It was an amazing experience, one that I will never forget. As soon as I heard Haji start playing I knew that I wanted to photograph him and how.

As a kid, my first inspiration to photography was my grandfathers old album covers. For this photo I wanted to do something reminiscent of those those old albums. I’m really happy with the results. I located the background for the photo in the U-District neighborhood of Seattle.  Haji is originally from Atlanta and even though this alley is located in the city of Seattle it looks very rural to me. I also wanted to pose him as if he were in movement, heading to somewhere and I think that reads in the photo too, at least I hope it does. Again, I’m really happy with the photo and Haji is too. He is planning on using it for self-promotion for his upcoming shows. I’m excited to add this to my website  I hope to make more portraits like this in the near future. More photos coming soon!

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