Walter Hodges Interview:
I actually should do two, because the magazine is not simply defined by one type of visual.
- The first shot is of a river in the Catskills of New York State. The two guys were fishermen friends of mine, and we were out with the intent of shooting images for the story. It was raining and we headed back to the lodge. As we got closer to the lodge I noticed a break in the clouds low on the horizon, and I just went berserk in the car knowing the sun would break for a few seconds within the next ten minutes. We knew where there was a bridge crossing the upper Delaware River. We busted every rule of the road with me in agony in the back seat until we got to the bridge. I sprinted to the middle of the bridge yelling at my friends to get into their waders and get into the water. The sun came out for literally two minutes. The image is less about the fishing, and more about the experience of being present in another world at exactly the right moment.
- I was in Argentina doing a story on trout fishing, and as part of the story, I wanted to do a side bar piece on tango, so for four days, I hired a passionate young male tango dancer to take me into the back alley’s of Buenos Aires to show me the real dancing instead of the big Las Vegas style tango shows for tourists. About 3:00 AM in the morning at a small local tango club on a back street, I lay on the dance floor, and shot images of my friend and his partner literally lost in their dancing. Incredible stuff. The story was in our first issue and it set the tone for everything else we’ve done.