I recently shot a portrait of musician Dylan Frater. Dylan also has a studio at Toi Poneke. We’d bounced around ideas for doing a portrait of him for some time. The original concept was a studio shoot on black background with multiple exposures/ flash and blur techniques. Another tack was to shoot environmental portraits in back alleys off Cuba Street. We ended up settling on a night shoot on location in Aro Valley. The park there has some really nice street lamps which are large perspex globes. I used a single light source as the key light (which was aided by the street lights for focusing and composition- pretty hard to shoot in total darkness). The exposure was long enough to bring up the globes in the background. This is the shot we ended up picking – a square format BW treatment of a straight to camera portrait.