I was first approached by Los Angeles-based fashion and music magazine Foxes about a shoot with Autobahn last year. Having already worked with the band on a few occasions, I already had some fairly concrete ideas about how I wanted the shoot to go.
I met up with the guys early on a Saturday morning. As to be expected, a couple of the guys had had a fairly heavy night before, and weren't feeling their greatest. They'd only recently returned from their European tour, and were in the midst of setting up a new studio in the Holbeck area of Leeds - this provided what we needed to get some very basic studio-style shots in the back, before we went out exploring the area.
I shan't lie - whilst Holbeck is in the middle of a substantial redevelopment, there are some areas of the district that are still quite grim (putting it mildly). As we meandered down one particularly sinister looking alleyway, one of the guys took the opportunity to explain how that area in particular was of great significance - the first to legalise prostitution in the UK. Looking around, it was clear this was out of protection, rather than liberalism. Yep, safe to say the location felt a bit eery.
The shoot didn't take long at all. I utilised daylight to minimise set up time and give the shots a more documentary feel, and after a short walk to a few choice spots we had a fair variety for the feature.
Check out the 8 page Autobahn feature in the April issue of Foxes.