Everyone has seen breakdancers on the streets, but not everyone has seen them like this. While breakdancing is often viewed as a street culture, its roots go much deeper than a group of young people doing acrobatics on the street. Carlo Cruz, while not a dancer himself, became inspired when his cousin made a b-boy documentary and asked him to take some stills. From then on he was hooked and his photography continues to transform the street culture into an art form.
Keeping true to the roots of b-boying, Carlo and the b-boys meet at a location and just let everything come together organically. They don’t have specific shots planned or locations scouted out…they just get together and do their thing. Without a budget or permits for the shoots, Carlo says, “It’s always different and unexpected, it still makes me a little nervous, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Carlo’s work is often commercial, fashion and editorial, but has started a new personal project, his street series. Carlo commented, “I’ve seen many homeless photos taken candidly, but nothing too intimate. By shooting straight into their eyes, I hope to give the viewers a more personal experience that allows them to relate and see them differently.”
More of his work can be see on his website at www.carlocruz.net