My life as a portrait photographer.
Save Our School
There’s nothing my wife likes better than a NYC street fair. And there’s nothing I find less interesting. This time we found ourselves at a street fair associated with the Tribeca Film Festival. It was the usual offerings: overpriced face painting, free photo booths alongside corporate logss and free popcorn for those willing to wait on long lines.
About the only thing that was even mildly interesting was a rally to “Save PS 150”. They sang and they held signs but never actually explained what they needed saving from. Maybe they were like me and just needed saving from the street fair ;)
I met Erica at BET, where she came to network. She was rather bold about it. She spoke to everyone on the set…including me. I kept her information just in case something came up. It did. Within 24 hours I got a call for a stock photo image of a couple kissing for a Zane book cover. I asked the art designer if I could show her something in a couple of days. I quickly put together a shoot with Erica and a male model, Robert. We shot for about 45 minutes and the art director chose the shot for the cover. I think this makes my 3rd Zane cover.
The image here was taken at Dave and Buster’s in Times Square where Erica met me to receive payment for the shoot, once it was confirmed that the shot was going to be licensed for the cover.
Camera Work Podcast 12
John Ricard and Ray Tamarra discuss:
- Who to follow on Instagram?
- How important is physical health to a working photographer?
- What is the biggest mistake you made as a photographer?
- What was your biggest success as a photographer?
Mitch Jackson is a good friend and someone whom I truly respect. He teaches writing at NYC and is on the verge of publishing his first book, “The Residue Years”, in a few months. Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for some of my friends to read their first book ;)
I’ve been working with him on a documentary about his life that will accompany the release of the book. Recently we went to Portland OR, where I photographed him doing a reading at a prison where he had served time years ago for dealing drugs. Mitch is intelligent, funny, motivated and charismatic but he was this|close to being just another young black male caught up in the system.
Much of his story is revealed in his ebook “Oversoul” a collection of essays and short stories (for which I did the photography), but I suspect even more will be revealed in “The Residue Years”.