I had the amazing opportunity to be able to photograph one of my favorite yearly event’s, yet again. To give a little background FAME was one of my first shows that I shot for when I first got my camera, and when I first had my camera I had no idea how to use it, so to comeback with a new set of skills after a few years feels nostalgic.
The event is hosted by, Mr. Bobbi Vie, a good friend of mine and person who has put in a lot of effort into this event to make it what it is today. The location where this event was hosted was the School of Arts & Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza on June 25th, 2015. A couple of friends and I got there pretty early and saw everyone getting ready, and one of the things I always love seeing at FAME is that there’s no huge brands: No Nike, Diamond, or Obey, but the locals that make clothing for the Bay Area Native. I actually picked up one a shirt from Freaky Clothing: one because it looked visually pleasing, and two because it was starting to get cold. The design of the shirt was what got me “Heavy On My Grind” because that’s just about any artist, and “San Jose,Ca” the place where my roots are clung to is one of the best combos possible, so I just had to pick it up! I followed along and kept on taking some snaps, just detail, and as you can see some of these vendors put in so much detail into their art, which I find so crazy: I especially found it amazing when it came to jewelry and the paintings, because I’ve personally have always struggled with detail, but damn, some of the pieces of work among jewelry and paintings seem to have taken weeks or months. As I walked around I heard people’s stories and why they decided to go into the clothing business, my favorite was of a brand that did T-shirts that turned inside out and then you would basically have a different shirt ( you have to look at it, it’s awesome), but they decided that they wanted to stop working with the man, and so, they started their own business. I think hearing stories about giving your 9-5 job and pursing your dreams of self-worth are always inspiring. At FAME their where BBOY battles going on and I just had to get some shoots, because dancing has always been one of the most interesting forms of art out their to me. I mean, to have such control of your body and perform such explosive and dynamic movements in person is always a baffling experience.On the floor their was a small contest for best dress, for both male and female, and the winner of each category would win 50$ cash, which is a good incentive to dress nice for the night;Later on, the main event came on and the fashion show started. I found this to be the hardest challenge because their was a lack of light and my lens (which I’ve had for about 3 years now) has started to have trouble focusing, so I had to go on and use manual focus. Bad lighting + No Auto-focus is one of the photographers nightmare; nonetheless, I took on the challenge and found it to be quite fun. After the whole fashion show, the final battle within the BBOY tournament came on, did I forget to mention that?, well there was a tournament and the battle was intense, so enjoy some of the photos. Overall, I enjoy my time at FAME, yet again, and I have to thank Bobbie Vie for this and I can’t wait for the next FAME.
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