Self-Portrait Against Strong Current.
Thailand. Rollei. 120 Medium Format Film.
I art directed this self-portrait taken in a river in Thailand's countryside. The shot, where I was half-submerged in the rapids overgrown with thickets, was taken by Canadian photographer Rae Holstsbaum.
Rae worked as an intern for our publications under my supervision. She had a diana toy plastic camera, on loan from a friend, when I first met her. She took really fascinating pictures and encouraged me to buy a second-hand rolleiflex. That's how I got started. We'd take pictures inside a movie theater and not let our flash fire and see how long we could keep our cameras still with our hands, not breathing.
We both like the cartoon Monty and Robotman. One day we were invited by the office janitor to go out of town, where this picture was taken. We learned later that we had gone to that exact spot where a flash flood had occurred the year before and killed lots of people.
I had to hold on to something when this picture was taken. The current was very strong. Actually, I was more worried about Rae dropping the camera.