Recently I was fortunate enough to shoot portraits of Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes for CMJ New Music Monthly. The story was about his coming of age from boy genius to seasoned veteran. And his new album embodies that growth. His songs are emotional and honest, but that sincerity is protected and withdrawn. I wanted to represent the yield of this process, the germination of both song and career. When I met him, it was clear that he hadn’t gone throught a metamorphosis as much as perhaps a molting. He’s the same guy, just with new skin.