Couple kissing, Ponte Santa Trinita (Firenza, Italy) I was on a business trip in Europe and walking around Firenze with a co-worker. He stopped me and said, “Hey Look”, and there they were, a couple intertwined and kissing on the bridge structure. I thought the moment was perfect. I always thought this image would make a great jeans ad. It never hurts to have a spotter working with you!
Feverish Child (Fort Worth, Texas) I love shooting kids, exhausted sick kids are always good subjects. She is a mess, her tights are torn, even the teddy bear is done for. Nice light from a window above and behind makes the scene look so good. It’s almost a monotone image.
Escalator, Arc De Triomphe (Paris, France)I followed this guy up the escalator. You never know what’s going to happen when you follow a guy in public who is carrying a big hammer. The scene reminded me of an old Russian Avant-Garde poster. Shot during a Peter Turnley Workshop in Paris.
BIrthday Party, Fleet Week (San Francisco, California)Big public events are great places to shoot. I just walk around looking for interesting groupings of people, something happening or about to happen. Looking for moments, compositions and light. If I find something interesting I work with it till I have a shot. The party hats got my attention and the scene became more interesting when a plane flew by and, looking up, they raised their arms to shield their eyes from the sun.
Easter Egg Hunt, (Fort Worth, Texas)I like shooting kids with bubbles; you never know what you are going to get. Bubbles are random events; light, reflections, refractions, color and movement. I like shooting kids from low angles; it makes them look monumental. Add an oversized bunny and you might have a shot!
Sleeping Mime (Bologna, Italy) Bologna has all of these wonderful covered walkways with arches and columns and marble floors. Bologna also has lots of mimes performing on the street. We were walking back to our apartment one afternoon and passed this sleeping mime. I had never seen a sleeping mime before. I took a few grab shots and after continuing down the street a ways I told my wife that I wanted to go back and take some more shots of the sleeping mime. And so I did. You don’t often get a second chance and I was lucky to have gotten one on that day. The mime never woke up.
Conspiracy Protester (Dallas, Texas)I was shooting video for a client at the 50th anniversary of the shooting of JFK in Dallas. The conspiracy protesters were out in large numbers. One of them held up this poster and I only saw the back of it where it looked like that they had made a mistake and scratched it out and started over on the other side. I think that the scale of the really large JFK banner and the lone hand with this Brillo pad looking scribble, framed by the angles of the building and the yellow crane, made a great composition with a great moment within the frame. The purple glove is a nice touch.
Art, A Shadow of Art (MOMA, New York City) The shadow of the sculpture on the wall caught my eye, the people looking different directions. I thought it was interesting but the photo is missing something. It almost works for me. I wish that the person in the center of the frame was a little toward the right so that I could see more of the frame of the painting.
Rodeo School (Fort Worth, Texas)A young boy learning to ride a bucking bronc; learning to live his dreams. I photographed this scene with various kids for probably about a half an hour. This is my favorite of the bunch. It’s the drama of that low angle on the kid that I like. I also like the flags. I wanted to do this one in color but the color was ugly so I converted to BW which added more to the drama.
Practice Bridal Portrait (Dallas, Texas)This image was shot while attending a Sam Abell workshop at the Spot Studio in Dallas. I was walking around the museum district looking for something interesting and wasn’t having much luck. Lots of graphics from the architecture but nothing out of the ordinary. Then I ran across a photographer who was practicing shooting wedding portraits. I shot the bride for awhile, then the photographer and bride together and then I backed away and noticed the really strong reflection in the glass – and the light. The image fell together. I like seeing the photographer in the bottom of the frame.
Kid With A Goat (McComb, Mississippi)I was visiting a friend and she wanted me to photograph her kids with her dad’s goats. It was raining a little bit. I love the light on rainy days in overcast woody areas. I lucked out that the goat was white and that T (the kid) had on a shirt that didn’t blend into the woods. It was a nice moment during a rainy day walk in the woods.
Fontaine de Varsovie (Paris, France)This scene cracked me up. I thought it was so funny…these big dark pointy tree shapes leading back toward the leaning Tower, headless legs with water coming from them like big peeing fountains. I managed to get a few frames and the water stopped and the people moved. The moment was gone. Shot during a Peter Turnley workshop in Paris.
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