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Matthew riding a giraffe.

August 17, 2014

During the production of Photo Throwdown - NYC I had the pleasure of spending a bit of time with Matthew Silver who not only has a powerful message, but is quickly becoming a hit sensation as a street performer in NYC.

I photographed Matthew on a white background using the natural light coming in from the many windows in Peter Hurley's 12th floor studio. I knew I wanted to create an image of him riding an animal through NYC. I had him straddle a stool and go through a few motions as if he were really riding a giraffe.

Later, I purchased stock images to finalize the image. Through compositng with my trusty Wacom tablet, I was able to set Matthew on top of the giraffe adding in a rope and shadows. The goal wasn't to have a realistic image but more of a comical one.

I'll admit I giggled like a little school girl the whole time I was making this image.

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Anonymous's picture

I think we all have wanted to do this at some point in our lives.

Damian Battinelli's picture

Hope that description works! :) Thanks for the interest!!

Nasser Ali's picture

Haha so great man. Keep the awesome work!!

Damian Battinelli's picture

Thank you, Nasser!

Shevon Miller's picture

lol I know him, I watch him in union sq every day!

Anonymous's picture

Wonderfully funny!

Adam Lyon's picture

Hilarious! Nicely done

Zhang Zitong's picture

awesome pic!

ATOR Photo's picture

Crazy funny and there's so much story here!
I love how the giraffe is clearly 'not amused' :)