Armed with a Contax T3 35mm camera, the bisexual Blonde crooner candidly photographed the evening's guests, including Gigi Hadid, A$AP Rocky and our beloved rule-breaker Jaden Smith. As Vogue points out, Ocean is more interested in slow, analog photography than the immediacy of digital--unsurprising, considering it took him more than 4 years to premiere the follow-up album to channel ORANGE.
This isn't Ocean's first foray into image-making. In his glossy breakout publication, Boys Don't Cry, which he released in small batches and used to highlight the work of collaborators, such as Kanye West, Ocean published his own original photography. Shots of models, BMW's and sculptures by Gary Card filled the magazine, underlining the queer artist's interdisciplinary practice.
After debuting his sophomore album, Blonde, in 2016, Ocean's more recently been busy rolling out new singles on his Beats 1 radio show, including "Chanel," "Biking" and "Lens."
Check out Ocean's full Met Gala photo diary on Vogue, and see some newly published images on his Tumblr.
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