Venice Beach, 1978. If anyone who is anyone was to be anywhere, they’d be here. Against the splatter soundscape of bike bells, traffic horns, children playing and the blueprint break of Venice Beach waves, Isaak Adoyi slips into the picture. Cool, calm, collected – kaleidoscopic.
He guards a sanctum in the middle of secrecy and surrender. Patrolling between parking lots and the air-conditioned back alleys of the local mart, here lies a microcosm of the universe and Isaak is at the centre of it.
He knows no space or time, he simply waits for the right moment. A camera-flash-instant explosion of light and colour changes the boundaries from which new worlds are born. Photographer Maya Umemoto Gorman holds a mirror to man as the duo stake their claim on a slice of the planet’s busiest boardwalk.
Whilst vanilla ice cream slowly melts down the hand of its unsuspecting lover, stylist Hannah Atira dresses this mercurial stranger in colours and ensembles to match the effortless warmth of Los Angeles sunshine. Blending seamlessly between old-school smarts and something a little more daring, Isaak and his wardrobe shine with the promise that you, too, can be anyone, anywhere, at any time.