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sometimes i get emails from creative agencies. agencies offering career mentoring. they want you to pay them to review your work. whatever. often times the “experts” and “taste-makers” are twentysomethings who have been anointed as experts by themselves and their other hipsters friends. they often post photos from “emerging” photographers whose work they think is swell. some of it’s good, but a lot of it is, well, decidedly ungood. When I see that work, it just makes me want to raise my middle finger to the photographic tastemakers, who can kickstart a career or choose to ignore work they don’t feel is hip enough. it typically makes me want to create something. to prove that i have a pretty unique way of seeing and i can execute that vision. i got one of those emails, so i spent about three minutes shooting this. i like it, so who really gives a rat’s ass what some hipster thinks? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. and it’s not shot with a freaking iPhone with a trendy app that makes poorly composed, poorly lit, out-of-focus images appear to be edgy art. these were made with an honest-to-God camera with a lens i had to turn the focus ring on. imagine that.

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About 12 years ago, I got a call from an art director at Dance Magazine. They had a Kansas assignment and wanted to know if I could shoot dance. I said I really hadn’t shot dance before, but I had been shooting sports professionally for many years. I told him I thought I could handle the assignment. I sent him a portfolio of sports images. He called back to let me know that he didn’t see anything in my portfolio that would indicate that I could shoot dance and they would find someone else for the assignment. A few years later, the late Janet Hamburg hired me to shoot the University Dance Company’s dress rehearsals before the fall and spring dance concerts. I was looking through old files today and found some of examples of my inability to photograph dance. Had he hired me, I would have blown it, for sure.

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Lawrence, Kansas. January 24, 2013.
I was shooting some head shots for a local gymnastics school recently and several of the gymnasts wanted to be photographed in flight. The background was horrible for anything more than head shots, so I added the sky in post production and altered the color to make it look a little more hand painted. The lighting was simple: two Profoto heads bounced into Hensel umbrellas on either side of the gymnasts. This is what happens on a slow day.

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