Portrait Series : Fuad Alhabshi

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Senior Analyst by day, rockstar by night, Fuad Alhabshi leads a 5 man strong rag-tag outfit that goes by the name of Kyoto Protocol.

When I was assigned to shoot this, I needed a story and a concept. I didn’t want to do a typical guitarist rockstar look kind of shoot. I wanted something different. As I got to know Fuad, I found out that he works in an office like everybody else. So I use that as a base point. I wanted to show the world that side of him but how? After weeks of brainstorming, I got the idea of using the whole Superman Concept. Clark Kent, journalist by day, superhero by night. Everyone knows Superman as the Man Of Steel but no one knows he’s real identity.

I started researching about Superman on the net trying to look for ideas and concept. Then when I got all the ideas I started drawing out my story board. When you looked through this album, you need to start from first picture till the end. Because the way I shot this is like a story. How he transition from working in the office into a rockstar.

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For the first set of photographs, I got the idea of stock photographs from the internet. Typical office stock photos where everyone is happy, pointing at the board, discussing about work, perfect lighting that kind of vibe. But again, I used that as a benchmark and then start putting my own ideas into it. The next important is working with your model. Your model needs to know your vision, what you want and what the mood of the shoot is going to be like. Talk to your model, make them laugh & make them comfortable. If you need them to look stupid then tell them. If you want them crying then tell them. Working with a model who is very sporting and follows instruction very well is also good. Make him or her believe in your vision.

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Superman is famous for the whole pulling his shirt and having the S symbol photograph. So I wanted to recreate that. Heres the finish product.

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They are times that Clark Kent uses the phone booth to change into he’s costume so I wanted to do that as well. But in Malaysia, our phone booth do not have a doors, but that didn’t stop from making him strip in public. Again, working with Fuad was a breeze. I asked him if he didn’t mind taking he’s clothe off, and he was more than happy too! Again make him or her believe in your vision.

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The whole Idea for the last set of photographs is to filled an alley with guitars and amps. I got Fuad to bring he’s guitars and my colleague to get some amps for props. The last set of photographs turned out great. I told Fuad to just go all out with the guitar and be himself.

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One of my most memorable shoots I’ve done. The team I worked with was great! All you need is ideas and concept. Once you have that, see how you can execute them.

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Author: Razlan Yusof

Razlan Yusof. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A warm and friendly guy, graduated as an advertising and graphic design student but ventured into photography since 7 years back. His work focuses on portraits as he enjoys photographing people and capturing the emotions of their story.

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