One damp morning 8 years ago I woke up at 4am to photograph heroin addicts receiving their morning methadone medication at the Delta Methadone Clinic in Portland, Oregon. I remember I had a lot of trouble finding the place until I spotted the only commercial building in the residential neighborhood without a sign. The huge line forming outside its doors before sunrise was a good indication too. To protect the identity of the patients, I couldn’t photography any faces.
Shooting Oprah’s farewell last night sure was memorable! I don’t think I have ever seen or photographed so many celebrities in one place before.
I drew my inspiration for this shot from a photo I saw in National Geographic. Of course I didn’t execute this type of photo as well as I did 4 years later when I shot blackface performer Shirley Q. Liquor. In 2007 I had lenses that could let in 4x more light than the lenses I had in 2003, allowing me to make much sharper photos in low light.
I had a lot of fun with this shoot… it took a little bit of time getting the dress and the hair just right. I used two light for this shot, a beauty dish right above the camera and a second light illuminating the white wall behind her.
I toured the new 2012 Obama Presidential campaign headquarters today with 20 of my closest friends with cameras.