I typically don’t look up and read about my subjects prior to their arrival. I didn’t know who Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were when I photographed the Twilight cast. In 2004 I didn’t know who Ashlee Judd was, other than the daughter of someone my mother listened to on the radio. When I opened the door for Anderson I was surprised to see him zipping towards me on 4 wheels.
It was nice talking to this larger than life man without knowing how he was injured, how he appeared on an episode of CSI New York and how he was revered upon his heroic return to Chicago. I really got a chance to meet him as a person and not as a public figure.
By Karin Matz
(Reuters) – Bryan Anderson whizzed into a coffee shop on Chicago’s North Side on a recent afternoon, maneuvering past chairs and patrons with confidence, speed and grace, catching every customers’ eye.
The 30-year-old suburban Chicago resident is completely conspicuous, and he knows it.
Anderson is an Iraq veteran and a triple amputee. He lost both legs and his left arm when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Iraq six years ago. But he has no patience for pity…. Read More