A few years ago, I published my first (and so far only) photo book. It was a collection of 75 shots that I considered my best work at the time. It was printed on nice paper, my buddy David Price wrote an incredible forward, and overall I’m really happy with it. The hardest part of the whole process was deciding which image would be the last. It had to be a full page and it had to be great, so I went with a shot of Genis Vell, the son of Captain Mar-Vell.
So you can imagine my embarrassment when he came back to the studio for a portrait session and I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember who he was. I mean, it was right there on the schedule. “Genis-Vell – Portrait – 2pm”. But as soon as he came in, I completely blanked. To make things worse, I asked what was probably a very insulting question.
Once we’d run through the usual stock (aka boring) poses, I said, “Ok, so what can you do?”
Oh man, the look on his face! “I have Cosmic Awareness.”
“I… don’t know how to shoot that.”
He sighed. “It’s ok, it happens all the time.” WHOOSH
I’ll stay right here with all these familiar faces