Hollywood, CA 2004
Kodak TMax 400
Outside the Valentino home. They had couches where people smoked. This place has been renovated.
update Nov. 2012:
I feel a need to write a little about Johnny. When these photos were taken, I'd just met Johnny. Then he went as "Johnny-boy" b/c I think it was hip in Hollywood to go by a nickname that sounded like it was from the 50's. Johnny had already been in a LOT of t.v. and movies now, but I was still in school, about to finish with zero job prospects. He generously allowed me to shoot a editorial portfolio of him at his home in Hollywood, thinking that I could make a living doing magazine inserts, or at the very least, headshots. It was a terrible time for me. Hence the really cheap Yashica used to shoot this. Oh, I had just got dumped by my girlfriend too.
I'm not sure the John Lewis that the tabloids wrote about, but we were friends to the end, and felt sometimes at fault that I was a bit like everyone else, that I was a taker. What I mean is that everyone took from him and seemed to not pay him back. At the time of his death, I kept thinking why he couldn't confide in me his pain and anger (something I am WAY too familiar with). The Johnny I knew was generous to a fault. Very intelligent, driven talent that cared more for the work than the money and fame. We all have our demons. But his kindness and openess to trust me (at this time) with his ideas spoke volumes to the power of friendship. I wish I could've been a better friend.