Bjork (1991, Woodstock) - I'm often asked if I have a favorite photo and I can say without hesitation that it's this one right here. All of the elements combined to make it one of my favorite moments as a photographer, and it happened purely by chance. I met Bjork the night before when she invited herself along and joined some friends and me for a late night pool game up in Woodstock. At the time she was upstate recording with the Sugarcubes. I was already a fan, and had always wanted to photograph her, and when I asked her if I could she said sure. Just like that. We'd been talking all night, she trusted me, and I guess that was all she needed to go on.
The next day I picked her up and brought her to my friend Ben's house, who helped out as my assistant for the shoot. I knew he had a lovely forest glade behind his house and I thought the setting fit in nicely with her freespiritedness. As happens often in shoots I've done (don't ask me why), she gradually began to to shed her clothes. I picked out a couple of oversized leaves (a la Eve in the Garden of Eden) and she stepped onto a large boulder. At that moment it started to drizzle, she stood on tippy-toe and opened her mouth to catch a raindrop on her tongue. Click.
Having spent a long time talking with her the night
before I felt this image really captured her essence
- a woodland sprite, a free spirit, playful, earthy,
and open . (Some other reasons why this is a favorite?
No makeup artists, no stylists, no trendy fashions,
no managers, no publicists, no record label politics,
no artificial lighting, no gimmicks, no self-conciousness.
Just natural light, some foliage, and Bjork.).