This self taught photographer, who actually started out simply shooting on his iPhone, has now built a following for his unique series of underground portraits growing to over 160K fans. Being one of those 160K, I was over the moon about the opportunity to collaborate!
And his work isn’t just popular in NYC folks. People both domestic and international have taken an interest in his very artistic and often risky images portraying a unique side of the New York City Subway. When I asked him why the underground, he said he wanted to show a different perspective of NYC. I would definitely say he has been pretty damn successful! I stole the following image from his Instagram feed because for me, it highlights what makes his work so captivating and popular.
The combination of such dynamic subjects against the dull, barren subway stations makes for some truly beautiful and compelling works of art. For a guy who started out as an “iphonographer”, he is doing incredible things!
How We Met
I actually first came into contact with Underground NYC, or Aaron, when he messaged me on Instagram to shoot while I was still living in the Big Apple. After seeing his images I was immediately interested in working with him. I was absolutely in love with all the ballerinas gracing his page in cute little tutu’s and gowns while the grungy subway in the backgrounds became a minuscule detail. We eventually planned a shoot but due to scheduling conflicts weren’t able to make it happen. Shortly after that I moved to England so all opportunity to shoot seemed lost and my little heart shed a tear.
It was thanks to natural hair blogger Ginny of FroGirlGinny.Weebly.com that this London underground collaboration came to be! Ginny saw Aaron was coming to London and reached out about collaborating. He agreed to do it and so we set the date.
The vision for the shoot was very simple. Aaron basically told us what he tells all the models he works with; for us to dress in a way that expressed our individual styles and character. It always makes me laugh when people say that because realistically, that would be a bunny rabbit onesie and an avocado hair mask for me but somehow I didn’t think that would fly. I happened to have gone shopping just before this shoot popped up and had a little Top Shop body con dress that I felt was a good look. I paired it with some coral River Island heels accented with frills and an open toe to give off a little sass. Because you know I am a little sassy on occasion ;). Then seeing as I have no real inclination for the artistry that is make up application, I stuck to my usual simple lipstick, blush, and mascara routine, then was on my way.
Me and Ginny always have the best time when we collaborate. We assumed our usual crazy and goofy behaviour, which Aaron quickly got sucked into, making for a really fun and laughter flooded afternoon.The London underground has a lot to offer as an artistic space and I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to create magic there with such talented and inspiring individuals as Ginny and Arron. Thank you so much for checking out our work! To find out more about Arron and his gallery, check out his website and Instagram. You can read up more on FroGirlGinny here and here 🙂
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