One day, John handed me this little toy figurine of Hiroshi Fujiwara, the godfather, the legend, the connector, the dude we thank for bridging fashion with street, and one of the originators of the Harajuku scene. I had just met Hiroshi a week earlier when he stopped by the studio to chat with John. He spoke so softly. His humble demeanor hyped me up.
Holding this tiny resemblance of an icon made me grin. John asked me to photograph it for him whenever I had a chance. No rush.
I was slammed. I had a million things to do. I pushed everything off and took the tiny godfather upstairs to the studio in W+K to shoot it.
I showed the simple photograph to John. Both of us pleased, I got back to the rest of my work.
A few months later John left on my desk Hiroshi's new book, which he had written the introduction for. I saw the photo underneath the words 'The Future Hiroshi Fujiwara Introduction by John C. Jay'.
The photo itself is not creative work. I didn't learn a new creative approach. I didn't push any boundaries. I didn't design the pages it's printed on. I didn't provide art direction to an iconic photographer to achieve a vision. I didn't spend weeks with a retouching agency. I just shot the photo and got back to my list of work.
But it's a funny story... and a reminder to take advantage of every opportunity.