Jonzi D

Photographer: Irven Lewis

Why did you choose the photographer you worked with?

Irven has been developing his style working with dancers from a variety of technical backgrounds. He puts a lot of his work online and has become the photographer of choice for many upcoming dancers. It was an easy decision. 

How did you come across him/her?

I first saw Irven dance in 1980-something when he used to come down to London from Leeds to battle against Jazz fusion dancers at Dingwalls in Camden. I started noticing him carrying a camera to gigs about 6 years ago, he was always so low-key about it. He asked me if I wanted to take some pics just for the sake of it, I agreed. That shoot produced images I still use today. 

Why this photograph, this composition?

I smile a lot. But I tend to look goofy in photos so I often resort to the typical 'ice-grill' hardcore rapper pose. Fortunately Irven found a smile I was proud of! Also, I have so many Breakin' Convention T-shirts...