Chase Jarvis 60: Reggie Watts [+photos and BTS]

Living at the Ace Hotel New York for 5 weeks has the benefit of getting to connect with the amazing cross section of people & culture.

Enter: Reggie Watts. I’ve got a ton of respect for Reggie. He’s a genius musician in a comedian’s skin, who moved from Seattle to NYC a short while ago as his career exploded. The LA Times called him, “Deliciously strange.” New York Magazine called him, “Spectacularly original.” And in GQ’s Man of the Year Issue, they called him a “Comic Genius.” He’s been on Conan’s show, even opened for him on all Conan’s last tour dates.

Reggie and I have a lot of mutual friends, but hadn’t connected until Sunday after a surprise performance at Ace. I grabbed his 60 second video portrait. Although the concept is simple, I’ve found the results to be pretty interesting. At a fundamental level, the human face says a lot, even without the person saying anything at all. Hope you enjoy. There are two more photos I shot of Reggie, plus a behind-the-scenes snap after the jump…

Here’s a Polaroid out of my favorite 600SE. I just can’t stop loving the types of images that camera is capable of making. The…ahem…scanner I’m using here is a iphone shot of the print.


From the Polaroid 600SE

And I couldn’t help but break out the ring flash.

Here’s how unfancy the setup was in my hotel room.

Lastly, here’s some of Reggie’s work on Conan. Likes to goof, but you can tell at his core he is very serious artist and a musical maestro.

Here’s Reggie’s site. And here’s Reggie on Twitter. And if you’re an adult who likes parodies and curse words like I do, than you’ll love Reggie’s latest video: F*ck Sh*t Stack.

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63 Responses to Chase Jarvis 60: Reggie Watts [+photos and BTS]

  1. Austin Joffe May 18, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    Now, I’m jealous. I’ve been trying to photograph Reggy for about a year now! Proof that you have to have a name to do greater things.

    • Mike Self May 18, 2011 at 10:23 am #

      Not true. I shot Xhibit at the top of his game by just asking his manager at the time, and he didn’t know me from Adam.

      • Austin Joffe May 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

        Nice! But for the most part, the name helps. or the sense of $$. Unfortunately, I have neither at this time. But, good for you! It’s always good to hear when this kind of stuff happens. Can I see the images?

  2. Mike Self May 18, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    And by Xhibit, of course, I meant Xzibit. haha

  3. Jason Stewart May 18, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    the 60 second portrait, had that snorricam movement feeling, or maybe that motion behavior one can
    do in after effects or motion.

  4. A. Shelton May 18, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Love these portraits. Reggie Watts is an insane talent! I found him randomly on youtube and have been a fan since!

  5. Laura May 18, 2011 at 11:11 am #

    Hilarious :) Love folks that live at a different frequency – they wake me up!

  6. Alex May 18, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    I love the 60 second portraits, I don’t know what exactly it is but I find them incredibly interesting.

  7. Norm May 18, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    This guy is awesome

    • Chase May 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

      yeah norm. not just awesome in the sense of cool guy, but truly awesome. watching reggie at a live show, you really get a visceral feeling of his tremendous talent.

  8. Nick May 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    Great portraits – tho with a name like that he should really be an east london gangster

  9. JasonSMoore May 18, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Great photos of Reggie. Welcome to rainy NYC – hope you brought some GoreTex from Seattle.

    I’m curious about what you’re going for with the 60 second portraits concept. It seems like it generates a kind of performance and I don’t know what it reveals about the subject (other than what they will do with a camera in front of their face for 60 seconds). With Reggie, it makes for kind of interesting viewing, but I imagine most regular folks would just be uncomfortable. But please keep it up, though. I don’t mind being wrong.

  10. Bimal Nair May 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    This guy is crazy. The video you shared of him, Oh Gosh!……I mean, am unable to believe he did all those effects all alone just with the help of few gadgets. He is sheer talent and unbelievably creative!
    Am a fan of Reggie henceforth! :) Kudos to you Chase for spreading such talent amongst mortals like me! thanks again for everything that you do!

  11. fas May 19, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Whats with his hair style, pardon my ignorance.

  12. Danie Nel May 24, 2011 at 1:26 am #

    Nice one Chase. I’ve been doing something similar for a while – 30 second portraits. Completely love it. I think the 60 secs you use might be more effective, as the subject get either more uncomfortable or less past 30 seconds – both which makes for interesting ideas. Great poly’s.

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    Were you just using the modelling lamp for the 600SE photos or can you sync a flash with the Polaroid 600SE?

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