Back in 2010, I met Bruno while photographing at a local paintball field.
Over the years, I’ve photographed him many times with a mask on his face and a paintball gun in his hand. Outside of paintball, Bruno is an enthusiast in men’s style, suits, vintage luggage, bicycles and cars. He also sports an impressive beard.
Jump to 2016, and Bruno announces over social media that the beard is about to go. Without hesitating, I message him and we set up a day to shoot before he shaves it all off.
Four days later, I hop in my car, cross the Ben Franklin bridge into Jersey and head to Bruno’s home. Pulling into his driveway, we talk and then hop in his vintage beetle, heading to an unknown location in absolutely perfect summer evening light.
This is how I like to shoot, being thrown into the unknown and improvising. We spend 35 minutes just walking around an open field, and capture some of my favorite images in 10 years of shooting.
Sadly, less than a month later, Bruno’s beetle is rear ended and totaled at a stoplight. Bruno walks away unharmed and eventually sources a new beetle to rebuild and wrench on.