Jey77 is a São Paulo artist known best for his collages of out of this world life forms. I first met Jey while filming the Bienal Graffiti Fine Art exposition. Since then Jey has asked me to photograph some of his projects. The Planeta Terra Music Festival is an all-day event held at the São Paulo amusement park properly titled ‘Play Center’. Jey had been asked to paint a live graffiti wall throughout the course of the day.
Sometimes being a photographer can have its advantages. I was actually planning on going to this festival just for fun until my friend sold my ticket. (To be fair, I did tell him I thought I could not make it with so much editing work to do). Anyway, with one day before the event, I was placing calls to everyone I knew in hopes of finding an extra ticket. Instead of finding an extra ticket, I found a free pass inside and the opportunity to get some high-end photo gear into an event that usually bans the stuff.
One of the benefits of a stills-only shoot is the lack of pressure. When filming live events, there is a constant siren going off in your mind demanding that you film absolutely everything. You can never be sure when something great will happen and it can cause the whole affair to have a mild sense of panic. That is why stills only days can often times feel like a mini-vacation. For this shoot, I spent my time walking around the park, checking out some roller coasters and concerts coming back to Jey’s area every now and then to snap photos.
Jey likes to work communally inviting friends to help him with his own pieces. Usually Jey will spray the outline sketch and have help filling the whole piece in with color. It’s a very smart tactic as Jey can always have friends around at fun events as well as making the job less of a burden.