Last year, I got stuck on the idea of recreating an image of Forrest Gump at Monument Valley with my friend Justin. We talked it over and about 7 months later we set out on this incredible trip joined by our friend Richard. Justin (JV as we like to call him) had been growing out his beard specifically for this trip/image and by the end of the year was growing tired of his beastly beard. The trip (another blog post I need to write) was a success and we captured some awesome images around the four corners area of the US. Here are a couple of the images of JV in Monument Valley …
Once we got back home, JV was ready to shed the beast on his face. It was pretty out of control and understandably, he wanted that thing gone. I mentioned that it would be really funny if he let my wife shave his beard & head completely while I did some still photography in the studio for a stop motion video. He laughed and told me that he wasn’t interested in shaving it ALL off. A few days later I was talking to him and he said something about the video. It seemed he had come around and was willing to make the sacrifice 🙂
The video clip is comprised of about 1800 still images taken in a studio, then imported & converted into a short segment in iMovie. The music in the background is Maxwell (on a Maxwell kick lately – please don’t frown on its unauthorized use) .