Tuesday, September 22, 2009

See The Range

I think one of the best things about being a photographer (especially with my clients) is seeing such a wide range of life. From young and old to rich and poor. In the last 24 hours, I photographed 1st Graders at St Paul Academy School and a resident of Walker Plaza, an assisted living facility.

There was a day, admittedly many years ago, when I worked in Los Angeles I witnessed a very extreme range. One morning I photographed the mayors (current and all former...14 total) of the City of Beverly Hills. It was all you can imagine: bickering over who should stand next to each other and who shouldn't be in front or behind one another. I remember the reigning mayor being late and a few people even trying to rush the shot so he would miss it!

I then went back to my studio to change my clothes and went to work at the Los Angeles Mission photographing homeless people just trying to survive. Both these spots were 10 miles apart physically but at the same time were a world apart. I felt much better about the second assignment that day.

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