"The name Big Nuz comes from Big because they are doing big things and
NUZ is the license plate of one of the biggest townships in South
Africa, Umlazi, situated in the south coast of Durban. Big Nuz consists
of 3 guys Mandla Maphumulo aka Mampintsha, Mzi Tshomela aka Danger and
Sbu Khomo aka R Mashesha." So it says on the website.
I had never heard of these guys when their record label
'Afrotainment' approached me to do the shoot. It turns out, that they
are pretty much the biggest band in South Africa, I just fall in a
different demographic so I wouldn't have heard them. It's pretty cool
getting to know your country through the eyes of others.
The image they were after was going to be pretty tough
to acheive as one single shot, due to the fact that we ad very little
time on location (only a couple of hours), we had no control over the
time we shot (It needed to be a night time image but we had to shoot in
the day!) and we wanted very similar light on each subject (Not really
possible unless you light them all separately... which is what we did)
Below I have laid out the basic progression we went through to get the final image.
This first shot shows the four plates shot, including
one for the car ( I actually shot a few more, lighting the car in
different places but four pics work well in this demo)