He wandered into my studio unannounced.
He willingly sat for my light testing. A client session would begin shortly.
It was Oct. 17, 2009.
Last minute scramble to submit my assignment of a David Eustace-inspired environmental portrait. Eustace has been referred to as Scotland’s secret weapon, the only non-American invited to participate in USA Network’s Photographic Celebration of America’s Characters. His photography is simple and clean and compelling, something to integrate into my style of “seeing”.
My son Dave’s “In From the Cold” portrait reminded me of Eustace’s style in his Greene Street Project.
Voila! Homework done.
It is easy to take for granted what we frequently see. Last night, I invited myself to photograph the evening light; if just for a short while. Took my tripod and my wide-angle lens. Didn’t shoot many.
I love to look at the light, to shoot it but I don’t like selecting and editing images afterward. This time I made a point of picking one and working on it. It has nothing to do with portraits but I like.
Today would have been my mother’s 95th birthday. She passed before I became a portrait photographer. Although she was a single working mother she managed to have professional portraits made. I have her to thank for the few childhood images I have today. Feliz cumpleaños Mami.