This is a portrait of mexican wrestling fan and film maker Rob Mcdaid, which I shot for my exhibition last year. Rob wears a mariachi uniform that was given to him as a gift by a group of his film students.
He is currently editing his first music video which he shot over two days in London with another good friend of ours Johnny Griffith.
With an image like this the costume obviously plays a large part, but I think what sells it is the pose. It has a gunslinger quality to it and a confidence that is hard to fake. I always love working with people who like to play around in front of the camera, as there's only so much you can do to set something up. At the end of the day it boils down to the person you are photographing and how they can project their character into the lens.
Happy new year everyone!