James Walters

Reservoir DJs

James Walters
Reservoir DJs

My client came to me and said, "I've got a dozen guys on my team and I want to recreate that Reservoir Dogs shot."

Location scouting didn't take long, since my town has a pretty killer little warehouse district.  I'd put the original movie still here for reference, but copyright infringement is not okay, so, if your Google works, check this link, or feel free to search the movie title.

As we gathered in the parking lot to prepare for this photo shoot, there were two main questions on my mind.  "First, which one of you is Mr. Pink?" I asked.  No one was quick to raise their hand.  "Seriously, I need to know, because he's the only one who makes it out of this photo shoot alive." Again, no takers.  

My Second question was also on a few other people's minds.  "Who's wearing the track suit?"  Any time you pay homage to something, some elements fall away, some are added.  It's the way of things.  The track suit wasn't gonna happen either.

After a dozen skinny ties were put on and a few motivational instructions given, we began our journey back to 1992.  I had to think about it for a minute, but this marks the first time I've created a group shot using unmodified sunlight as my main light source.  Of course, I was only following the go-by, but still it was interesting to color outside of my own lines for once.

How will history remember you? Okay, that's heavy, and we just met, so I'll take the pressure off and begin again by introducing myself. My mission is to help you answer that first question. I want to show you and your world in a way you haven't seen before and at some point hopefully incite a small riot inside your head. An unapologetic Gen-X warrior for self-expression, I help people tell their stories. Not just the pretty and polished, "made for Linkedin" version, but the real essence of their legacy. At my core, I'm a visual artist. The still photographic image has been my story telling medium for decades. Now I use words, images and on the rare occasion images in motion to push others to be more, do more and express more than they originally thought was reasonable. Are you still reading this? Really? I'm impressed. Moving on... I am Southern, though not fried. In my view, Bar-b-que should be enjoyed with any sauce on hand at the time. There is no need to quibble over which style of sauce best compliments. The real question is, "slaw or hushpuppies?" The correct answer is, "yes!".