Sam is a senior in high school preparing to embark upon a college career in baseball, while pursuing a degree in engineering. I recently had the lucky opportunity to photograph Sam for his senior pictures, which was no sweat for this confident, bright athlete (that his location preferences were easy to work with and the fact that he’s got a little James Dean-ness to his look perhaps supported as well).
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Above and below are two photographs in a new diptych. The images express the myopia many Americans share when they perceive of people different from those of European or African ancestry that they are used to interacting with (granted, white Americans have another sort of myopic vision when it comes to black Americans, but that’s a separate topic for a later time). Regin is the man depicted, and both pictures show him with his beautiful family. Regin and his family are from Kurdistan, which is a nation without a state existing inside the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. In either picture a potential truth is shown, and it is up to the viewer to decide how much reality (if any) exists in either image.
Although Regin, his wife, and son are Muslim, the garments that they wear in the top image have more of a cultural association than a religious one. That said, for many people from the Middle East and elsewhere, religion and culture are synonymous; a problem arises when Americans (and others) superficially connotate specious or intransigent aspects of a culture or even a religious sect with an entire people.
This is a new portrait of my sister, Emma. She is such a little performance artist. B-sides are after the jump. (more…)
I don’t have a lot new to share despite the fact that I have been really busy. Does that make any sense? I didn’t think so.
Anyway, here are a few examples of some recent portraits that I have been taking. If you read One Round Jack, expect to find a few of these faces popping up again soon.
All Nikon D300 with either a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G, 105mm f/2.8G, or 50mm f/1.8E lens.
Photographing a person’s likeness is a very intimate gesture, for a picture exposes a subject to the realm of possibilities. When a viewer sees a portrait, they are invited into a person’s life while their defenses are down. Therefore, it is the primary responsibility of the photographer, in these sessions, to capture what is vulnerable.
In anticipation for my recent interview with Francesca Wilmott, co-owner of Los Caminos gallery on Cherokee Street, we met up for a photo-session in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest (in Forest Park). I am quite pleased with how everything turned out; when you are finished looking, read the interview over at One Round Jack.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G lens.
2010 has been a looonnng year, or at least it’s sure seemed long. This year, I have experienced innumerable highs and lows, which is strange because the entire time while they were happening, I felt sort of distracted. Realizations in hindsight… Anyway, here are 25 of my favorite pictures that I took this year (kind of a tradition now for me). Enjoy!