I had to go up to London to shoot a quick shoot for the website Ilikemusic.com who wanted to have some pics taken to go with their interview withForeign Beggars, who are one of the most prolific and versatile Hip Hop outfits to emerge from the UK. Consisting of MC’s Metropolis and Orifice Vulgatron, Producer Dag Nabbit, Human Beat boxer Shlomo and DJ Nonames.
With roots ranging from jazz and classical training, to years of writing recording and performing hip hop, death/power-metal and drum & bass the group’s varied experiences combine to create one of the most explosive live rap showcases on the planet.
They were just about to do a sound check at Fabricfor their album launch, but I grabbed them for a very very quick shoot. I Wanted to get a bit of fun out of the guys and I decided to use ringflash to get that punchy look.
By the time Dan has greeted you with an easy “hello mate”, you are in the company of a friend. He’s effortlessly comfortable with people wherever they come from and whatever they do, and somehow he manages to make the feeling mutual.
This ability to put people at ease creates the feeling of accessibility, comfort and complete honesty that’s captured in all his photography – one of his favourite memories as a photographer is running from a farmer with Carl Cox in a wheat field… With Dan the barriers are instantly down.
Dan Reid images are images with no pretence, no ambiguity but all personality.