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Dudes in places, environmental portraiture (Self Assignment: Feb. 2010)

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For the second month of my ‘monthly self assignment’ project I challenged myself to accomplish some environmental portraiture.  Some was random, some planned, some I stumbled into and others were requested.  Towards the end of the month I realized that my attempts had been dominated by male subjects, oh well, that just makes room for a month later on down the line consisting of only female subjects.  I find portraiture to be challenging because it is difficult to describe one’s personality in a visual language.  This is what I came up with…

This sweaty mess was one of 6000 participants in Raleigh’s annual Krispy Kreme Challange.  A charity event started in 2004 by a couple of NC State undergrads to raise money for the North Carolina Children’s Hospital consisting of running 2 miles, ingesting a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts, running 2 more miles, (vomiting optional and yes…many opted).  Notice his doughnut is actually a stack of 3 pressed together.

This is Dave Jones, Atlanta food blogger of Eat Buford Highway.  See a showcase of Dave on my photo-food blog Spoonfed (Atlanta)

Zack S.  As I was shooting recently in an Atlanta restaurant I noticed Zack busing tables and keeping everything organized.  I inquired about his eye, asking if the patch was permanent or just some recent surgery or something.  He said it was permanent, 3 years ago he got into a fight and the other person came back with a gun.  Zack got shot 3 times.  I suddenly remembered the golden rule that was drilled into me during many years of martial arts training, ‘the first thing you always do when getting into a fightrun like hell!

These gents run Atlanta’s Top Flr, Underground dinner party, and a soon to be named and opened restaurant.  (This was a challenge, lighting 5 subjects recessed into a booth surrounded by black, pull (dark) curtains because outside scene was undesirable, two wearing white, two wearing black, another down the middle in gray.  I give myself a pat on the back for the results)

This is Andrew (and Leo).  They live downstairs of our Raleigh apartment.  Cool neighbors rock.

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February 24th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Atlanta Food Photography|Raleigh Food Photography

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February 19th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Atlanta Commercial Product Photography, Raleigh Commercial Product Photography

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I shot this image while working for Quadras Integrated as a cover option for a Westport spring book.  I don’t think they ended up using the image but I liked it.

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February 8th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

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Atlanta Editorial Photography | Raleigh Editorial Photography

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stuck in traffic on Johnson Ferry Rd. from “In Transit” Series.

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February 5th, 2010 at 8:11 am

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Atlanta Portrait Photography|Raleigh Portrait Photography

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Here is one of my favorite portraits to date.  My friend Anastasia…


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February 4th, 2010 at 4:28 pm