The sun rises in the east with a hint of yellow; it casts unflattering colorless light at its zenith and it sets with a warm amber glow. Neon accents cityscapes at night. All of which are cues to photographers on how to employ colored gels on set.
I wanted to share with you a little about how I got to where I am, in hopes that it may help you get to where you’re going a little faster.
After I moved to Chicago in 2003, I started covering a “skinny kid with a funny name.” Now he really wasn’t a kid at that time, but I was a mere 26 years old. I have seen the image in my mirror change and I have seen the man who became our President change as well with each image.
Last night was a fitting and emotional end to a chapter of my life which I will never forget.
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago hired me to create portrait photos for their new website and annual report which showcases their clients and employees on every page.
When I met David Axelrod in 2008 at Obama for America campaign headquarters I instantly wanted to photograph him in front of this iconic Obama image. I decided to light Axelrod with light similar to what was in the Obama portrait, only from the opposite side, to create symmetry and contrast all at the same time.