Sandhurst

Sandhurst explains how he prepared for his winning Photo Assignment shot.

on May 27, 2009

Mad as hell from being told that I had the face of an accountant. I decided to get back in touch with my roots. I woke up early the morning of the photo shoot, placed a camera in front of the mirror and began to do some of the old folk and African dances from Tobago. Then after I got tired I started to storytell to myself using the dramatic expression characteristic of traditional Tobago folk storytelling making sure to get that fire. 

It’s ironic that today’s photoshoot called for the explosive use of fire. The energy coming from our photographer Clay was as pyrotechnic as fire he works with. Since we only had one chance to get the shot I decided to really go for it. While being styled I decided the on the calm under fire approach of James Bond was not going to work with this look so I decided to go with what I was feeling and let looser.

When I saw the picture I couldn’t believe how animated and dramatic the shot came out to be.

At the catwalk I decided due to the unpredictable nature of the judges I would do a simple walk, just in case. In the end I ended up walking away with immunity as well as the photo challenge. This was the best week to win.