One of my all-time favourite candid people photos, taken maybe a decade ago at Oakland Airport’s Old-T’s hangars. Lou — CDR Louis Fields, USN (Retd.) — was a flying mentor of mine who died a couple of years ago and had a great memorial send-off on the USS Hornet in Alameda. He’d served in WWII, so he wasn’t exactly young when I took this photo, but he was still mentally very sharp and physically active; he was just about to fly his little “Thunder Chicken” (a well-maintained Aeronca Champ fitted out with GPS, etc.) to Rio Vista. He’d just said something drily funny about my aerobatics flying — he was an accomplished aerobatics pilot as well as a senior flying instructor and FAA Designated Examiner (DE) — and I had my Nikon D100 handy, so I took this photo to poke fun at him (he was also kidding me about my wielding a camera around the hangars all afternoon). The original image off the camera is of course in colour, but I’ve always presented the finished version in black and white, as I think that emphasises the wonderful strength and character of his face at this age — a face that could simultaneously deadpan a joke and express obvious amusement at something you’d just […]
A friend of mine in the studio, a few years ago, a little manipulated (the image, not her). We struggled for a long while to do “straight” shots of her for use elsewhere, but this — along with a couple of others from the same shoot that I also manipulated a bit — is by far my fave. It’s a pity it wasn’t useful for the purposes she had in mind, though.
A friend of mine in my Oakland studio a few years ago. I have this obsession with the weird shapes and textures of packaging materials and items, and I typically get my “models” (I never actually use models, just friends and acquaintances) to take something up from my collection and play with it while I take warmup photos. This time I decided to make them the whole point of a few images, and encouraged my friend to use it like a mask, with a surface texture and angularity that contrasted really nicely with her body and skin. I like the result… And yes, there are more mask photos, hence the pretentious sounding “Mask 1” — I just couldn’t think of a suitable name.