Thank you Mr. Ferguson

I’ve got to be honest, I was pretty nervous about the prospect of photographing Attorney General Bob Ferguson. I like to think that over the years I’ve gotten pretty good at learning how to shlep off the usual jitters before a shoot. I still get nervous, which is great, it keeps the job exciting, but this assignment felt a little different, it felt a little heavier.

In case you missed it Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s Attorney General, who within 24 hours filed suit against President Trump’s travel ban, ultimately leading to ban’s pausing and judicial review. Mr. Ferguson also happens to be an internationally rated chess master. Read the Met’s full story here.

As a middle class white guy, I can appreciate that there are a lot of other people more qualified to speak personally about the profound affects of Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13769, so I will spare you my two cents. What I will offer is my sincere gratitude to AG Ferguson for giving me back a little peace of mind and confidence in the legal mechanisms framed in our constitution. So to you Mr. Ferguson, I thank you!

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Bob Ferguson photographed at his Seattle office on April 14, 2017

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Dan Doctoroff for the Deloitte Review

 

When the Deloitte Review assignment to photograph Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff landed, we knew up front that access to Dan would be a challenge.  Like most people whose resume includes titles such as Deputy mayor of NYC, and former CEO and Director of Bloomberg LP, Dan’s time is highly managed. Not surprisingly, we were granted 30 minutes with Doctoroff at his Sidewalk Labs office in the glistening new 10 Hudson Yards high rise located in Chelsea.

Sidelwalk labs is reimagining how technology can impact the way we live in cities. It was critical to me that we found a way to portray Dan as a visionary, boldly paving the way to a new future in city living. The real challenge for us was how do we connect Dan to the city while being confined in an office, a situation made worse by the fact that the partially finished building’s windows were recently installed and streaked with dirt and grime.  The solution – clamp on 3 stops of ND, crank open the aperture and let a shallow depth of field blur the widows for a background plate, then massage in a dreamy sky from my recent honeymoon in Tanzania.

A portrait of Dan Doctoroff at his NYC Sidewalk Labs office
Dan Doctoroff for the Deloitte review

 

a portrait of Dan Doctoroff for the Deloitte Review
Dan Doctoroff for the Deloitte Review

The Two Sides of Brett Hamil

It was a lot of fun to shoot this concept for Jane Sherman at the Seattle Met. Jane’s concept was to illustrate Brett’s faceted career as a standup comic and political talk show host. For this composite shot we worked with Brett to find a few expressions that felt authentic to his comedy and had him repeat these looks for both wardrobe changes, a tough ask but Brett displayed no small amount of patience throughout the process. Huge thanks to my crew Jenny and Meg for helping bring this concept to life.

Client: Seattle Met
Subject: Brett Hamil
HMU: Jenny Verador
Wardrobe/Styling: Meg Schmitt

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The Importance of Misbehaving, Richard Thaler

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behavioral economist Richard Thaler, photographed on the grounds of University of Chicago campus
Richard Thaler portrait
behavioral economist Richard Thaler, photographed on the grounds of University of Chicago campus

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Dan Price for the Guardian

What a thrill to be on the cover of the Guardian’s arts and culture magazine The New Review! I owe Dan Price and everyone at Gravity Payments a huge thanks for showing us such hospitality during our shoot. Read the full article here

This edition was apparently the Seattle edition as I also had the pleausure of photographing Seattle natives David Montgomery and Anne Bikle in anticipation of their new book “The Hidden Half of Nature.” Read the full article here

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Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price photographed for the Guardian (Nov 2015)

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David Montgomery and Anne Bikle also photographed for the Nov 6 edition of the Guardian