MOVE FOR AIDS – by James Houston
MOVE represents over five years of work and was shot in two installments. The first in late 2001; the second in late 2002. The project was self-funded. I depended on the generous contributions of photo assistants, hair stylists, makeup artists, fashion editors, and friends. Though I often spend weeks before a shoot sketching ideas, I tend to work from instincts once in the studio. My chief stipulation was that the shots move the reader with the same energy invoked to produce them. I also looked to the dancers for ideas, encouraging them to add layers to my ideas and visions. For me, MOVE really captures a moment in my life and represents all the struggle, hard work, and success that I have encountered on my journey to establish myself here in New York as a working photographer. I’m glad I can look at these images even after all this time and still enjoy them. I hope you enjoy the book as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it. It’s been a real challenge, but one that I know that will make a difference and will be worth all the effort.