Shooting a “Killer”

Mobile Studio, Music, Personal, Portraits, QR Location Project, Street Photography

A little less than two years ago I was shooting street portraits outside a club in Richmond, VA.  Most of the people were going to or leaving the hardcore show that was going on inside, but all sorts of people stopped to have their photo taken.

One man seemed a bit different than everyone else.  He looked like a hardcore fan, but was very composed and serious.  I was a bit intimidated, but he was kind. He asked me what I wanted him to do.  “I want you to show who you really are,” I said, “Help me make a photo that only people close to you would appreciate”  He proceeded to do just that.  After we finished he told me how much he appreciated me being direct with him, and after looking at one of the photos on the back of my camera, he confirmed that his expression was a refection of who he was, a true portrait.

The photo above is the result of that short session, and the subject turned out to be local celebrity Randy Blythe, lead singer of Lamb of God.  I was shocked when I saw an article in the New York Times recently about how he was locked up in a Czech jail on manslaughter chargers.  You can see that article here.

As it turns out, the incident in question happend only a few months before this photo was taken.  Keeping that in mind, this image seems even more compelling.

Luckily, Randy is now back in Richmond.  After reading this statement, it seems clear that he never had any intention of causing a fan harm.  I truly wish him the best.

Occupy DC – Day of Action

Action, Photojournalism, Street Photography

This past wednesday was far and away the most significant action in the DC OWS movement to date. Thousands from around the country came to march all over DC. Roads were blocked, cops were everywhere, and there was a distinct feeling that all present were apart of something historical.

Non-stop rain did not seem to slow anyone down. I was there from the start at around 10:30 to the last action which ended around 9:30 pm on the steps of the supreme court (I will post those photos later.) If nothing else, the operatives in this movement are tireless and dont seem bothered by a little rain and cold.

Hope that shows in the photos.

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The Occupation gets Serious

Good Causes, Photojournalism, Street Photography

Yesterday was a turning point for the Occupy DC movement. It was the first large scale police intervention at the camp, and the first time the police tore down a structure.

I was lucky enough to get downtown in time to see the action. Watching the last protestors hold onto the structure was incredible as it was sad to see the structure torn down.

I don’t think this will be enough to slow down the Occupiers.

You can see the Washington Post story on the event here.