Friday, June 25, 2010

best friends

these two are veterans of WWII and both were part of d-day. both were shot during their service, but thankfully survived.

they became best friends during boot camp and have stayed in touch over the years. here's a pic from a recent reunion.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


from a reenactment at fort norfolk.

for starters, this kid was very patient with me.

i photographed him on three separate occasions today during the reenactment - the first two i wasn't happy with, and although i'm sure everyone thought i was the world's worst photographer for not being able to get a picture after so many tries, we finally came up with this.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

wal-mart proposal

a portrait of a guy who proposed to this woman for a story we did on proposal stories. yes, his was at wal-mart.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

a visit

these two have been more for more than 60 years

he goes to visit her daily in the nursing home, where she is due to an illness. such a beautiful moment to witness this commitment.

a friend of mine said it might be worth talking some about this situation. i don't know if it's helpful for people to talk about the process of this but i'll try.

it's a portrait setting, and the challenge here was that the woman was in very poor health. visually it was very challenging to portray her in a way that would not be arresting and almost too over the top.

her mouth hung open and she was unaware of our presence, and it was deeply sad to see her in such poor health. i wondered and struggled with how to photograph her in a way that retained her dignity and reflected the love of the two.

earlier in my career i don't think i had as much concern as i do now, and i can't help but wondering if my own aging, my own mortality, plays into this increasing awareness. we have options as photojournalists and we bring our own thoughts into situations. nothing is truly objective. we worked for a long time to come together to this moment and it paid off.

there is a quote by james nachtwey in the movie war photographer that has always stuck with me. it has helped serve as a guide to me when photographing moments of struggle and sadness, and it makes sense to me.

"the worst thing is to feel that as a photographer i'm benefiting from someone's else's tragedy.

this idea haunts me.

it's something i have to reckon with everyday, because i know that if i ever allowed genuine compassion to be overtaken by personal ambition, i will have sold my soul. the only way i can justify my role is to have respect for the other person's predicament.

the extent to which i do that is the extent to which i become accepted by the other, and to that extent i can accept myself."

Thursday, June 03, 2010

family prayer

two sisters pray together during a family prayer time - their father recently lost his job and the family isn't sure what they will do next or if they'll have to move.