As a slight aside from my main project, I’ve been taking photos here and there over the past two years of a young Czech Roma band called Lil Bengz – sometimes for myself and sometimes when they need group shots taking. Their first love – like many of the Czech Roma teenagers who I have met here – is hip hop, but recently I was asked to shoot a few photos of them dressed in more traditional garb, to be used with a recording of Czech Gypsy music which they are planning to make. Easier said than done though – the hip hop posing thing runs deep.
Here they are playing something fairly traditional:
And this is them being all hip hop: